Clawhammer Cove Trail #342

1.5 mi - Moderate - This is a pleasant hike that begins in a small meadow before climbing gently up Clawhammer Cove. There are some nice cascades that can be seen from the trail. Shortly after crossing the creek, the trail follows an old road up the shoulder of a ridge. For an interesting side trip, continue upstream a short way to a small waterfalls. After the trail leaves the creek, the grade becomes steeper, passing through hardwood forests and crossing several wet areas. The trail ends on Clawhammer Road (FS 5058), which is a gated logging road open to hiking, biking, and equestrian use. If you turn right on the logging road, it is 2 miles back to Avery Creek Road (FS 477), where a right turn and an additional ¼ mile hike will return you to the to the Avery Creek trailhead.

Approximate Elevation Change: 400 feet
Blaze: Blue

At a Glance

Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Hiking Trail: foot traffic only.
Water: yes
Restroom: none
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information

Directions: Leaving the Pisgah District Ranger Station/Visitor Center parking lot, turn right (north) onto US 276 for ½ mile, turning right onto Avery Creek Road (FS 477). Continue 2.3 miles to Avery Creek (#327) trailhead, which has room for two vehicles on left. [If this space is not available, proceed 0.3 miles further to the Buckhorn Gap (#103) trailhead, which has parking space on the right for six vehicles. Return to Avery Creek trailhead and proceed as follows.] This trail begins from the Avery Creek (#327) trail. Hike Avery Creek approximately ¼ mile, and Clawhammer Cove Trail begins just after crossing the footbridge.


Day Hiking