Appalachian Trail, Lost Cove, and Lakeshore Loop

HARD 3 reviews

Appalachian Trail, Lost Cove, and Lakeshore Loop is a 11.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fontana Village, North Carolina that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
11.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3179 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

no dogs

backpacking
1 month ago

This is a strenuous hike, especially the Lost Cove trail but the Shuckstack fire tower's view makes it all worth it.

9 months ago

we started this loop walking from the dam towards the trail head. mostly uphill towards the tower, after awhile you can see it in the distance. very strenuous climb up if you're not in shape. at the tower the trail curves right to the lost cove trail which is mostly all downhill, a beautiful creek runs across most of the rest of the trail back. some parts you have to get wet. I'm considering buying trekking poles after this hike, the way down was wet and covered in leaves, very easy to loose footing with the steep downhill. it rained the entire day, and the leaves were all down so I imagine it looked more beautiful and alive in the summer. definitely a hike I'm going to redo in the summer months, didn't see any wildlife, but there was signs of bears in the areas. the last leg of the trail was the lake shore trail, mostly flat was a nice break! then toward the end some uphill, a few views of the fontana lake. the lake shore trail has a few old cars scattered along it, very neat. overall just the tower was worth the hike. will do it again, and would recommend it.

hiking
9 months ago