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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828.253.0095 ext. 205.
Lost Cove Hike
Nolichucky River Gorge, near TN/NC Border
Date: November 8
Time: 10:00 am
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,email@example.com 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).