Lost Cove Area

Collettsville, North Carolina

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The 5,954-acre Lost Cove and 7,350-acre Harper Creek tracts are wilderness study areas in what’s often called the Wilson Creek drainage of Pisgah National Forest. Lying below Grandfather Mountain, between US 321 to the north, NC 181 to the south, and NC 90 to the east, this vast area is perhaps North Carolina’s largest contiguous area of unpaved roads. Just the drive to the trailhead is one of the best mountain experiences a visitor can have. Wilson Creek was named a National Wild and Scenic River in 2000, and the Wilson Creek Visitor Center was built in 2002 on the Brown Mountain Beach Road near Mortimer and Edgemont. Truly grand Wilson Creek Gorge offers kayakers and rafters up to Class IV rapids. Some of the state’s biggest, most spectacular waterfalls hide in surrounding woods. There’s also great mountain biking in this endless ripple of ridges.
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Hiking North Carolina

by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)

The 5,954-acre Lost Cove and 7,350-acre Harper Creek tracts are wilderness study areas in what’s often called the Wilson Creek drainage of Pisgah National Forest. Lying below Grandfather Mountain, between US 321 to the north, NC 181 to the south, and NC 90 to the east, this vast area is perhaps North Carolina’s largest contiguous area of unpaved roads.

Just the drive to the trailhead is one of the best mountain
experiences a visitor can have. Wilson Creek was named a National Wild and Scenic River in 2000, and the Wilson Creek Visitor Center was built in 2002 on the Brown Mountain Beach Road near Mortimer and Edgemont. Truly grand Wilson Creek Gorge offers kayakers and rafters up to Class IV rapids. Some of the state’s biggest, most spectacular waterfalls hide in surrounding woods. There’s also great mountain biking in this endless ripple of ridges.

© 2016 Randy Johnson/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Fishing, Hiking
Nearby City: Collettsville
Distance: 1-7.5 miles
Trail Type: Several options
Access: Easy to Difficult
Additional Use: Swimming
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Grandfather Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest, 109 Lawing Dr., Nebo 28761; (828) 652-2144; www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc. Wilson Creek Visitor Center, 7805 Brown Mountain Beach Rd., Collettsville 28611; (828) 759-0005; open weekends Dec−Mar; daily Apr−Nov.
Local Maps: USGS Grandfather Mountain. The best map is the Pisgah National Forest’s Wilson Creek National Wild and Scenic River Trail Guide. Order online from Pisgah National Forest under “Maps and Publications” at the USDA Forest Service website below. The Wilson Creek Visitor Center sells maps.
Driving Directions: Directions to Lost Cove Area

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