Lead Cove Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

Elevation Gain1,308ft
Trailhead Elevation1,834ft
Elevation Min/Max1834/3018ft
Elevation Start/End1834/1834ft

Lead Cove Trail

Lead Cove Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Blount County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 1,834 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,308 feet. The trail ends near the Sandy Gap saddle. This trail connects with the following: Finley Cane Trail, Turkeypen Ridge Trail and Bote Mountain Trail.

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Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Falcon Guides)
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"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."

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Great hike. Incline incline incline!

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Thunderhead Mountain USGS quad; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #316 Cades Cove Elkmont
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