Cove Hardwood Nature Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
Elevation Gain637ft
Trailhead Elevation2,742ft
Elevation Min/Max2742/2973ft
Elevation Start/End2742/2742ft

Cove Hardwood Nature Trail

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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"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."

Trail Information

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Nearby City
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Additional Use
Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Le Conte; TOPO! Tennessee, Kentucky
Local Maps

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