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


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).

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

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



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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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