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Cove Creek Falls – Pisgah National Forest, NC

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Length Difficulty Streams Views Solitude Camping
2.5 mls N/A N/A
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Elev. Gain:
1 hour and 20 minutes with 15 minutes of breaks
470 ft
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Parking area on FR 475. 35.28301, -82.81684

By Trail Contributor: Zach Robbins (Contact Zach)

FR 475 along the Davidson River in Pisgah National Forest is loaded with popular trails and rewarding destinations. Cove Creek Falls, a splendid 50-foot waterfall, is within earshot of the Cove Creek Group Camp. This waterfall hike is not lengthy or difficult, making it a good choice for beginner hikers or those looking to combine multiple waterfalls in one day. Although there are some twists and turns at the beginning near the campground, trails and signs point the way. Additionally, there's a nice 15-foot waterfall beside the forest road before you reach the campground. While you’re in the area, consider hiking Pilot Mountain or John Rock and Cedar Rock Falls.

  • Mile 0.8 – Continue straight on the Cove Creek Trail [340] (yellow blaze) at a T-junction where the Caney Bottom Trail turns right. (Note – the Cove Creek Trail is open to mountain bikers.) The trail begins climbing around the left side of a dry cove.

  • Mile 1.2 – Turn right on a side path marked with a Cove Creek Falls brown carsonite sign. The trail initially passes near the top of the waterfall. Avoid exploring this area, there is not much room at the top and a fall could be fatal. Follow the path downstream, which swings wide and curves back to the left towards the base.

  • Mile 1.3 – Reach the base of Cove Creek Falls. The creek cascades over colorful, bare rock more than 50 feet into a shallow pool at the base.

  • Mile 2.5 – Hike ends at FR 475.

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