Lost Cove TR 196

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 cliff. No campsites available along the trail.

Total Length: 2.5 miles

Total Elevation Change: 940 feet

Degree of Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

Beginning Point: NFSR 278

Ending Point: Near Devil's Creek TR 188

Average Hiking Time: 2 hours (one way)

Amount of Use: Moderate

Blaze Color: Yellow

Area Trail Map: None

USGS Quad Map: Chestoa

General Information


Current Access: You take can take FSR 278,  at the Spivey entrance, and then park at a gated FSR road named Bearwallow. You'd have to park at that gate, but you can hike it to Devils Creek trail that intersects with the Lost Cove Trail. Below are some trail map links and links to our website TOPOs to help you plan your trip. Current easiest route is through Joe Lewis Fields due to overgrowth on DCT.

 Maps Website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/visit/maps/ 

 Interactive Map: https://apps.fs.usda.gov/TravelAccess/  

 Topos: https://data.fs.usda.gov/geodata/rastergateway/states-regions/states.php    

 For Purchase: https://theforeststore.com/shop  

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