Rocky Cove

Asheville, North Carolina 28802

Rocky Cove

Rocky Cove Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Starting at the French Broad River, this hike follows a steep ascent on the historic Shut-In Trail, which George Vanderbilt used to access his Buck Springs hunting lodge near Mount Pisgah. After 2 miles the trail intersects Hardtimes Road and then follows the Rocky Cove drainage down into the scenic and well-maintained North Carolina Arboretum.

Once inside the arboretum, the trail parallels Bent Creek and passes beside the National Native Azalea Boundary before leaving the arboretum boundary to conclude the hike at the French Broad River."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
564 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
3 hours
Bent Creek Experimental Forest is free and always open. The North Carolina Arboretum is open April–October, 8 a.m.–9 p.m.; November–March, 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
2,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,564 feet
Top Elevation
North Carolina Arboretum: 828-665-2492,
Local Contacts
National Geographic #780 Pisgah Ranger District, USGS Bent Creek, Skyland
Local Maps

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Dec 2018