Lead Cove and Finley Cane Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews

Lead Cove and Finley Cane Trail is a 6.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Townsend, TN that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

6.9 miles 1459 feet Loop

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running


horseback riding



wild flowers


no dogs

1 year ago

Went from Finley Cane, to Bote Mountain, back down Lead Cove. Beautiful ridge line walk. Some steep incline.

1 year ago

The specific hike we took included a portion of FInley Cane, Bote Mtn and Lead Cove. It was a really great hike given the diversity of the trails. Finley Cane was in great shape, easy grade and some fabulous mushrooms! One bear was spotted. We then intersected with Bote Mtn Trail which was about a 2.5 pull up a reasonably step grade, not sure but prob a ~1000 ft elevation gain in about 2.5 miles. Came across 2 very large Timber Rattlers...these Timbers are amazing in their girth..big snakes!! We then returned to the trailhead via Lead Cove Trail. Some really beautiful old growth forestation at the higher elevation of Lead Cove...this was a steep trail, it would surely be makred strenuous if we were coming up trail. Overall, this set of trails presents a great opportunity to see the diversity of the Smokies and take in some really interesting wildlife.

2 years ago

Late august trip. Lots of bear sign. Very peaceful.

3 years ago

Much better hikes in the smokies, but if you just want a hike thought the woods for some peaceful solitude, this may be the hike for you. Only ran into 2 other people on the 3 hr hike.

3 years ago

This trail was okay but we have hiked much better trails. Going up wasn't bad but coming old road was very rocky and eroded which made for a seemingly long hike.