Pilot Cove - Slate Rock Trail
At A Glance
4.3 mi one-way
Difficulty Rating: 4.3 (Moderate)
Steepness: Climbs Steeply
Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
Blaze Color: Blue
Trail Number: 320
Fun creekside trail, rocky and rooty sections. There are several stream crossings and some small waterfalls on the creek. Steep sections as it goes over the gap on Slate Rock Ridge. Watch out or you will end up on the Laurel Mountain trail at Sassafras Gap (there is a confusing, unmapped connector between these two trails!). On the Pilot Cove side, the trail is a little flatter and also passes through some neat fern-filled woods. Connects to the Pilot Cove Loop Trail (#320A) which takes you to the top of Slate Rock for an alternative, ridge-top route around the cove, or can be combined with that trail for a shorter loop on its own on the west side. This trail is frequently combined with Laurel Mountain and the Pilot Rock trail as an "inner loop" alternative to using Yellow Gap Road (FS 1206) to connect the trailheads.
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Total Calculated Length: 4.34 mi
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