Big Lost Cove Cliffs Trail

At A Glance

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1.2 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 1.2
Steepness: Hilly
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Trail Number: 271


Ascends moderately through mixed hardwoods and then runs slightly downhill along the crest of the ridge on an old logging road. It descends steeply for a brief stretch into the flats right above the cliffs, in an open oak forest. There are a couple of old logging roads that diverge here; keep left at a couple of faint intersections to reach a fantastic viewpoint at the top of the cliffs. Grandfather Mountain looms in the background above Lost Cove. Stay back from the edge and don't trample the moss that grows between the rocks.

This trail is located in the Wilson Creek Area area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Wilson Creek Area trails list page.

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Nubs Parrot said: Went with my friend and got lost!!

Friday, May 6 2022 12:02am

Lacey said: This trail was such a fun hike. It doesn't seem to be hiked often so there are some obstacles such as fallen trees and narrow paths but it will get your heartbeat up for sure! Walking on the trail gives you beautiful views of the hardwoods but the cliffs are for sure the highlight of this trip. We took a picnic lunch with us to enjoy at the top. Pictures do not do justice to this beautiful place! If you are looking for a peaceful hike with a great view, this is it! Remember to take the first right, then take all lefts. There is a steep descend as you are appaorching the cliffs.

Sunday, June 11 2017 3:27pm

Erin S said: Such an amazing trail. The top makes this my favorite trail of all time. The beginning is very washed out and has gotten worse in the 30 years I've been hiking it. It's also narrow and needs to be cleaned out. At least as of August 2016. It's difficult but my 3.5 year old did it and only had to be carried a bit and she was in a bad mood. Head right at the first split then left at all others.

Saturday, August 13 2016 4:11am
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