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Cove Hardwood Nature Trail

Intermediate
 3.8 (6)

A popular short nature loop that highlights old and new growth forest.


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Map Key

0.7

Miles

1.1

KM

Point to Point

2,958' 902 m

High

2,746' 837 m

Low

219' 67 m

Up

171' 52 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly A short, easy trail with plenty of nature to see along the way.

Description

Access is from the Chimneys picnic area, and a self-guiding brochure is available at the trailhead for a small donation. This easy trail is popular, offers something for everyone, and is lovely throughout the year. Alternating between areas that were logged in the early 1900s and areas that remained untouched, visitors can see the forest transition over a fairly short distance. Along the trail, several old growth trees are featured, including a yellow buckeye (over 12 feet in circumference) and a sugar maple (over 7 feet in circumference).

Beginning with early spring, this trail is a favorite destination for wildflower viewing. Bloodroot, hepatica, dwarf iris, and trillium bloom in large numbers. A more careful observer might also see Dutchman's breeches and Jack-in-the-Pulpit in season.

For those willing to sit quietly, the areas near the stream crossings provide wildlife viewing opportunities. Chipmunks and ground squirrels will watch a curious visitor, and in the warm season, salamanders may also be observed.

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Julie Jones

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  3.8 from 6 votes

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Photos

Turk's cap lily along the lower portion of the trail.
May 27, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN
Patch of white trillium in bloom.
May 27, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN
White trillium.
May 27, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN
Cove Hardwood Nature trail in a section of younger trees.
May 27, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN
Red squirrel at a stream crossing.
May 27, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN
Spring wildflowers along the upper part of the trail.
May 27, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN

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Jul 2, 2019
Jessamine Hippensteel
Jun 14, 2019
Jeff K
10h 00m
Jun 2, 2019
Meredith Chunn
Oct 25, 2018
Bonnie Kernan
Mar 26, 2018
Jason Griffith
First hike i have ever done. It was a great experience.
Sep 10, 2017
Casey Wright
0.7mi
Jun 6, 2017
CJ Mills
Harder than expected but pretty. Better in Spring with flowers blooming.
Apr 4, 2017
Emily Capps
Wildflowers were amazingly beautiful. 0.7mi