Lead Cove Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This hike doesn't offer anything remarkable as far as Smokies scenery goes, but they are unique in that they are moderate-length loop hikes that are easily accessible. That’s a relatively rare thing in the park, and consequently these hikes are very popular choices. The first 1.8 miles of this hike are also popular as the first leg of a hike to Spence Field on the Smokies’ crest line. Both Finley Cane Trail and Lead Cove Trail start from the south side of the road. Take Lead Cove Trail, on the right. You soon meet up with Sugar Cove Prong on the left, which you cross a short distance later. The trail ascends—steeply in places—through second-growth mixed hardwoods. You pass an old homesite on the left, and at one point the forest opens up in a clearing with views of Turkeypen Ridge. Shortly beyond the clearing, Lead Cove Trail ends on a ridge at Bote Mountain Trail."
--Kevin Adams, Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Falcon Guides).
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