Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
Protecting the World's Oldest Mountains

Upcoming Events and Guided Group Hikes

Hikes are FREE to SAHC Members; $10.00 non-members, unless otherwise noted. (Hikes on public lands are free for all participants; see individual hike descriptions.) Registration is required. For directions, additional information, or registration, please contact Kana Miller at or call 828.253.0095 ext. 205.


Lost Cove Hike
Nolichucky River Gorge, near TN/NC Border
Date: November 8
Time: 10:00 am

Difficulty: Strenuous

Join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy for a chance to visit one of our most rugged and remote properties in the Nolichucky Gorge. Nestled near the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, the secluded Love Cove is a ghost town with a colorful history of self-sufficient families, railroad crews, timber, and moonshine. Local historian Christy Smith will be joining us on the hike to share the stories and legends from a once thriving town.

This strenuous 5-mile out-and-back hike will start by climbing Flat Top Mountain, with views looking directly into the Nolichucky Gorge and a glimpse of the Lost Cove Property. Although a short hike, the trail steeply descends into (and climbs out of ) the gorge on a switchbacking soil road. There is significant elevation change. We will hike into the site of the old Lost Cove community and enjoy lunch from a hidden rock bluff overlooking the beautiful Nolichucky River. Expect a long but rewarding day of hiking! This hike is free for all participants, but pre-registration is required.

For questions, directions and registration for hikes or events, contact
Kana Miller, or 828-253-0095 ex. 205

Hike Key Note: We are introducing a new hike key to better explain the difficulty of hikes. Hikes will be rated 1-10 (greater than 10 for extremely difficult hikes). A rating of 5 is considered moderate, 10 difficult, and 1 extremely easy. We come up with this number by plugging in the hike elevation change and mileage to this formula: (0.002 x elevation gain (ft.)) + Round trip distance (miles) = Difficulty rating (1-10).

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Lost Cove Hike
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November 8

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