Cove Creek Trail

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..

Details At a Glance

Overall Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 2.6mi
Steepness: Climbs Moderately
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Blaze Color: Yellow
USGS/USFS Number: 340
Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking


This is an old road bed which goes around the Cove Creek group campground and all the way up to FS 225B. In one of the worst, most confusing naming decisions on the Pisgah district, the lowermost portion of this route south of the Caney Bottom trail intersection - the portion which bypasses the Cove Creek group campground, no less - is called Caney Bottom instead.

Most people make a loop out of this trail by climbing FS 475B (Headwaters Road), FS 225, and FS 225B to the top and coming downhill on Cove Creek trail. Keep right at the Caney Bottom trail junction (and you're now on the Caney Bottom trail).

Going this way, it's a fast, downhill singletrack ride along an old road bed, with technical sections and some great banked curves. It also has a creek crossing or two. Several log bridges force you to dismount and carry right in the middle of the good downhill, though, and there's an uphill section past the upper Caney Bottom intersection. You can take the (hiking only) side path to Cove Creek Falls for a nice stop near the end of the ride (but it'll interrupt your downhill).

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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: 0.4 mi

Upper Caney Bottom Intersection to Cove Creek Falls

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
  • Length: 1.6 mi

Cove Creek Falls to Lower Caney Bottom Intersection

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
  • Length: 0.4 mi

Intersecting Trails

  • Caney Bottom
  • Cove Creek Falls
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    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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