Cove Creek Trail #340

2.6 mi - Easy - This trail is popular with bikers traveling a large road/trail loop that starts at the Pisgah Forest Fish Hatchery and incorporates FS Roads 475/475B/225, this trail, Caney Bottom Trail (#361), and the Cove Creek Group Camp access road. Attractions include streams, large wildlife fields, and a nice view of Looking Glass Rock. The trail is fairly steep for the first 0.6 miles as it descends to Caney Bottom Creek, where it intersects with Caney Bottom Trail (#361). Since the latter is closed to bikes, bikers must observe the trail signs here carefully, ensuring that they bear right to remain on the correct trail. (From this point, or the southern intersection of the two trails, hikers may use Caney Bottom Trail as a 4.2-mile loop opportunity—the total distance from the FS 225 trailhead, including the return to it.) The trail is then rather level until its second crossing of Cove Creek, after which there is a short, moderate climb. The last mile is generally a decline to the trail’s end at its second intersection with Caney Bottom Trail, which may be used by bikers to proceed to the Cove Creek Group Camp access road and FS 475 [contrary to the 2003 trail map, which has this segment of Caney Bottom Trail colored incorrectly].

Approximate Elevation Change: 400 feet
Blaze: Yellow

At a Glance

Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Mountain Biking Trail: Mountain biking and hiking trail. Bikers please yield to hikers. Mountain biking prohibited in wilderness areas.
Water: yes
Restroom: none
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From the Pisgah District Ranger Station/Visitor Center parking lot, turn right (north) onto US 276, proceed 3½ miles and turn left on FS 475 (signed for the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Pisgah Forest Fish Hatchery). Proceed approximately 1½ miles to fish hatchery, then just past it to the intersection with FS 475B (Headwaters Road) on your right. Take FS 475B for 3 miles to FS 225 (Upper Cove Creek Road), on the left. Proceed one mile on FS 225 to the gated trailhead, on your left, where there is limited parking available. (Park so as not to obstruct the road or gate, or damage vegetation.)


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking