Caney Bottom Trail

At A Glance


1.2 mi one-way

Steepness: Climbs Moderately
Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
Blaze Color: Blue
Trail Number: 361

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.


In what has to be one of the worst naming decisions in the Pisgah district, the part of this trail which is open to bikes really should be Cove Creek. Then, Cove Creek would be open to bikes, Caney Bottom wouldn't, and all would be right in the world.

But no. This one really grinds my gears.

Instead, the lowermost portion of the same old logging road bed which bypasses the Cove Creek group campground (and which becomes the Cove Creek trail further up the mountain) is named Caney Bottom. What should be the Caney Bottom trail then splits right off the old road bead just below Cove Creek Falls and winds its way up the Caney Bottom creek valley. This part is not open to bikes.

All in all, this is a nice section of trail to finish off a great downhill or start a long climb on Cove Creek.


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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:

Caney Bottom - Cove Creek to Waterfall Spur

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking
  • Length: 0.14 mi

Caney Bottom - Waterfall - Campground Spur

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking
  • Length: 89 ft

Caney Bottom - Campground to top

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking
  • Length: 1.16 mi

Caney Bottom Extension

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
  • Length: 0.37 mi

Total Calculated Length: 1.69 mi

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

Intersecting Trails

  • Cove Creek
  • Cove Creek Falls
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