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Cove Creek Trail #340

Intermediate
 3.8 (4)

A nice creekside trail that climbs into rich forestland. Can easily be used as a loop with Caney Bottom Trail #361.


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Map Key

2.4

Miles

3.9

KM

Point to Point

3,081' 939 m

High

2,758' 841 m

Low

384' 117 m

Up

61' 19 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

NOTE: Cove Creek Group Campground is a fee area. Please respect the privacy of any campers by staying on the trail, which bypasses the group campsites.

Description

To access this trail, park at the Cove Creek/Davidson River Trailhead Parking along National Forest 475 Rd. On the north side, you'll see a gated road. Go around the gate and follow the road for 0.4 miles toward the Cove Creek Group Campground. You'll pick up the Caney Bottom Trail #361 trailhead on your left as approach the group campsite. Follow this short section of the trail until you reach an intersection, and veer westward. The blaze is yellow.

The trail will climb past Cove Creek Falls and into rich hardwood forest above the streams. You'll wind around ridge lines and cross over streams with several log footbridges. Along the way, you'll encounter nice, natural open areas, which are great for spotting wildlife. The trail will also give you a view of Looking Glass Rock to the east. The trail will end at the Caney Bottom Trail #361.

This trail makes an excellent loop when combined with Caney Bottom Trail #361 and/or with the short Cove Creek Falls Connector.

Flora & Fauna

Tulip tree, oak, white pine, hemlock, and other mixed hardwoods typical of the area. You'll spot plenty of rhododendrons along the trail, and open areas make for good wildlife spotting.

Contacts

Shared By:

Matthew Fedel

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  3.8 from 4 votes

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Cove Creek Falls is a worthy attraction. Be very careful when exploring around the waterfall, as the area is slick.
Mar 15, 2017 near Brevard, NC
Views of falls from the base
May 13, 2018 near Brevard, NC

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Feb 2, 2019
Kerry Pless
Jul 11, 2018
Bo Adams
Great trail and waterfall. Good conditions. Family friendly. 4.3mi
Jul 5, 2018
Bo Adams
May 13, 2018
Jean-Claude Linossi
Have been to these falls several times while living in Transylvania co 2mi — 0h 45m
May 28, 2010
Drew Sigmon