Cove Creek Trail

At A Glance


2.6 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 2.6
Steepness: Climbs Moderately
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Blaze Color: Yellow
Trail Number: 340
Hikes That Use This Trail: Cove Creek and Caney Bottom


From Caney Bottom trail, climbs past Cove Creek Falls on an old road bed, through rich forests far above the stream, to flat areas near the headwaters and then up to Forest Service Road 225B. Unfortunately there is no good connector from the trail to Cove Creek Falls. This is a disgrace! You'll have to take an eroded, rocky, unsigned side path to get there but it is well worth it. Has some log bridges; beautiful forest and stream scenes. Makes a nice loop with the Caney Bottom trail to the east.

Intersecting Trails

  • Caney Bottom
  • Cove Creek Falls
  • 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.

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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:

    FS 225B to Upper Caney Bottom Intersection

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 219 ft

    Upper Caney Bottom Intersection to Cove Creek Falls

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 1.58 mi

    Cove Creek Falls to Lower Caney Bottom Intersection

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
    • Length: 0.35 mi

    Total Calculated Length: 1.97 mi

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    Skye Barkschat said: No idea if uses are strictly monitored, but in a Forest Service area, it's not a bad idea to follow the signs, because they put them up specifically to control the natural environment, to keep it as natural as is possible & thus as healthy as possible, thus in as good of a shape for riding as they can for u!

    Monday, July 10 2017 8:08am

    Ed Cope said: So, when we rode this, Caney Bottom trail was marked as prohibited for bike use. Is this a seasonal situation? Or has something changed?

    Wednesday, April 5 2017 5:21pm
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