Cowans Gap State Park Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Cowans Gap is interesting geologically in terms of how it was formed. Most gaps—a notch or pass between two mountains—are water gaps, with a river or stream flowing through them. Cowans Gap is a wind gap. It had a stream once, millions of years ago. But after it created the gap, the landscape shifted, leaving Cowans Gap dry.
Today visitors to the park can experience it in one of two ways. Want to swim, fish, or boat in the 42-acre lake; picnic; or engage in one of the park’s environmental programs? You can do all
those things in the day- use areas, which get the most traffic. Want more solitude? You can hike some of the park’s 11 miles of trails."