Hunt Fish Falls Trail

Lost Cove Wilderness Study Area, North Carolina

Elevation Gain687ft
Trailhead Elevation2,410ft
Elevation Min/Max1818/2410ft
Elevation Start/End2410/2410ft

Hunt Fish Falls Trail

Hunt Fish Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Avery County, North Carolina. It is within Lost Cove Wilderness Study Area. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 2,410 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 687 feet. The Hunt-Fish Falls Trailhead Parking is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Lost Cove Creek Trail.

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Best Dog Hikes North Carolina (Falcon Guides)
Melissa Watson
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"The Hunt Fish Falls trail makes a steady descent all the way to the falls. You don’t realize how challenging it is until you come back out. But the prize is well worth the effort! This little beauty is located within the Lost Cove Wilderness Study Area. The cove is a black bear sanctuary, although it’s more notably known for the Lost Cove Cliffs. The cliffs are home to roosting peregrine falcons, rare mosses, and stunted pitch pine trees. To view the cliffs, visit the Blue Ridge Parkway overlook at milepost 310." Read more
Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains (Menasha Ridge Press)
Nicole Blouin, Steve Bordonaro, & Marilou Wier Bordonaro
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"This best-for-summer trek is about more than waterfalls—it is also about getting in the water. In addition to exciting cataracts, hikers here can enjoy superlative swimming holes. The Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) is your earthen conduit to explore this watery part of the Pisgah National Forest. First, you will trace Gragg Prong, with its waterfalls and slide cascades. Turn up Lost Cove Creek to find popular Hunt Fish Falls, a double drop with a tributary pourover at the same point. A huge granite-lined swimming hole lies at the base of Hunt Fish Falls and is often touted as the best swimming hole in the Carolina mountains. Besides swimming, wet-footed creek crossings provide another reason to go in summer." Read more

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Trail Information

Lost Cove Wilderness Study Area
Nearby City
Lost Cove Wilderness Study Area
Pisgah National Forest, Grandfather Ranger District; (828) 652-2144;
Local Contacts
DeLorme: North Carolina Atlas & Gazetteer, page 33, B6. National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map #779 Linville Gorge & Mount Mitchell: J13, Trail #263.
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Dec 2018