Andy Cove Nature Trail

At A Glance


0.7 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 0.7 (Easy)
Steepness: Few Hills
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Blaze Color: None
Trail Number: 288

This trail is located in the Davidson River area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Davidson River trails list page.


This is a National Recreation Trail and a Kids In Parks TRACK trail. It was constructed by the Youth Conservation Corps. The trail has several interpretive signs along the way which point out common plants, trees and animals which can be found in the Pisgah Ranger District.

The trail rises on the hillside behind the Ranger Station and Visitor Center. After climbing a few steps, an elevated canopy walkway carries you over a steep hillside at eye-level with the higher tree branches. Then there is a long, neat suspension bridge located about halfway around the loop. The trail drops down into a stream valley and crosses a couple more wood bridges before coming out at the Exercise Trail. You can use the Exercise trail to add some more distance to your hike if desired.

Highly recommended, especially if you have kids!

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Trail Segments

Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

Andy Cove Nature Tr. - Loop Portion

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.53 mi

Andy Cove Nature Tr. - Sign to Loop

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 111 ft

Exercise Trail - Around Ranger Station

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 508 ft

Total Calculated Length: 0.65 mi

This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.

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  • Exercise
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