Lost Cove Creek Trail

Lost Cove Wilderness Study Area, North Carolina

Elevation Gain2,312ft
Trailhead Elevation2,913ft
Elevation Min/Max1702/2952ft
Elevation Start/End2913/2913ft

Lost Cove Creek Trail

Lost Cove Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Avery County, North Carolina. It is within Lost Cove Wilderness Study Area. It is 7.1 miles long and begins at 2,913 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,312 feet. Bee Mountain (elevation 2,956 feet) can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Hunt Fish Falls Trail and Timber Ridge Trail.

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Hiking North Carolina (Falcon Guides)
Randy Johnson
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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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Trail Information

Lost Cove Wilderness Study Area
Nearby City
Lost Cove Wilderness Study Area
Additional Use
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 Contacts
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.
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