Cove Hardwood Nature Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Here you’ll find one of the park’s best places to savor the towering grandeur of the old-growth cove hardwood forests that were so characteristic of the virgin Smokies. This mustsee trail is the essential Smokies in one short, inspiring hike.
The Chimneys Picnic Area and this nature trail serve up the “forest primeval” of stereotype. Not every unlogged forest appears “virgin” in the towering way found here. This perfect ecosystem of heavy rain and deep, rich soils permits deciduous species such as beech, yellow buckeye, red maple, basswood, yellow birch, and coniferous hemlocks to reach record proportions of grandeur in height, circumference, and age (as old as 500 years)."
--Randy Johnson, Best Easy Day Hikes: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Falcon Guides).
"If you like wildflowers and scenic cove forests, it doesn’t get much better than this. From early April until early May, wildflowers literally carpet the ground. You don’t even have to hike the trail—the picnic area itself is a good viewing spot. During the peak bloom of fringed phacelia, the flowers literally cover the ground. Indeed, more than one visitor has driven quickly by and thought he or she was seeing a late snow. This is a self-guiding nature trail, so you might want to pick up a trail guide from the box at the trailhead. Return the guide after the hike, or drop 50 cents in the slot if you want to keep it."
--Kevin Adams, Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Falcon Guides).
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