Lost Cove Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina

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Lost Cove Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 2.7 miles long and begins at 3,669 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,008 feet. The 91 (elevation 2,037 feet) camp site can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Sassafras Gap saddle.
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Lost Cove Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 2.7 miles long and begins at 3,669 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,008 feet. The 91 (elevation 2,037 feet) camp site can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Sassafras Gap saddle. This trail connects with the following: Appalachian Trail, Twentymile Trail and Lakeshore Trail.
Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Distance: 2.7
Elevation Gain: 2,008 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 3,669 feet
Top Elevation: 3,669 feet
Additional Use: Swimming, Camping
Features: Views, Wildflowers, Waterfalls
Parks: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Elevation Min/Max: 1842/3669 ft
Elevation Start/End: 3669/3669 ft

Lost Cove Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This loop makes for a rewarding but long dayhike or good backpack. Travel the history-sprinkled Lakeshore Trail with many pre-park relics. Enjoy views of Fontana Lake. Climb along secluded Lost Cove Creek to the Appalachian Trail (AT). Reach astonishing vistas from atop Shuckstack fire tower. Trace the AT down to the trailhead and Fontana Lake.

Winter offers clear skies for gaining views atop Shuckstack fire tower and also allows more looks into pioneer relics along the Lakeshore Trail. In spring, the part of the loop along the AT can be busy with thru-hikers. Fall has clear skies and solitude."

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