Devil's Creek TR 188

This trail accesses the community of Lost Cove. The town is now deserted but remnants of the school, church, grist mill and some homes remain. The trail offers several views of the Nolichucky River Gorge with its sheer rock cliffs. No campsites available along the trail.

Total Length: 3.5 miles

Total Elevation Change: 460 feet

Degree of Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

Beginning Point: NFSR 278

Ending Point: Lost Cove TR 196

Average Hiking Time: 2 hours (one way)

Amount of Use: Light

Blaze Color: Yellow

Area Trail Map: None

USGS Quad Map: Chestoa **use is highly recommended**

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Please be aware the middle 2 miles of this trail has some overgrowth. The current safest route is down the Joe Lewis fields.

General Information


From Burnsville, go 6 miles to US 19W, turn right and drive 25 miles toward Spivey Gap. Look for NFSR 278 (Flat Top Mountain Road) about 0.5 mile after the Appalachian Trail crosses Spivey Gap. Turn right onto NFSR 278 and go about 1 mile to Devil's Creek Gap where SR 5506 branches to the left. The Appalachian Trail crosses nearby. No sign marks the Devil's Creek Trail, but the trail begins at SR 5506's gate.


Day Hiking