Cove Hardwood Nature Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

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Cove Hardwood Nature Trail is a hiking trail in Sevier County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 2,742 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 637 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.
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Cove Hardwood Nature Trail is a hiking trail in Sevier County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 2,742 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 637 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Distance: 0.7
Elevation Gain: 637 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 2,742 feet
Top Elevation: 2,973 feet
Additional Use: Hiking
Features: Wildflowers
Driving Directions: Directions to Cove Hardwood Nature Trail
Parks: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Elevation Min/Max: 2742/2973 ft
Elevation Start/End: 2742/2742 ft

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)."

"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."

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May 2018