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Big Lost Cove Cliffs Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Newland, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.3 mi Elevation gain 715 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Walking

Forest

Views

Wildlife

Muddy

Rocky

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Brent Spath
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Hiking

Pretty easy hike with a couple of steep inclines . Unreal views at the top with a ton of delicious blueberries. Great hike for kids and/or pets.

Lori Horstmann
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Hiking

My husband and I did this trail mid-week, we only meet two different families on the way in and did not see another sole the whole rest of the hike. It is a good little uphill trek at the beginning (about the first 1/4 mile) then it's a mostly nice flat walk through really pretty woods. About another week and the Mountain Laurel are gonna be in full bloom. The last about 1/4 mile to the overlook is all down hill (so up hill on way out). The view is totally worth it. We sat for a long time and watched a rain storm trek over Grandfather Mountain. Added bonus was the Ridge Line Blueberries all along the rocks edge, yummy!

Garrett Driscoll
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Hiking

This is a great trail if you’re looking for a great view. It’s a narrow trail at times with many rocks and roots to watch out for but nothing sketchy.

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Arden Smith
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Hiking

Shaded and woody until the overlook. Beautiful views. Arrived (on 4th of July) at 9am and was the first person there. Trail was packed by the time we finished. There are 4 parking spots but people parked in the road after those filled. Not particularly muddy or rocky right now. Great hike!

Melissa P.
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HikingRocky

As previously mentioned- not a lot of parking available across from the trailhead. Gravel area off a gravel road. Arrived around 10am on a Friday. One other car there - met those hikers hiking out early on the trail - didn’t see anyone else until around noon & it got a little busy on the cliffs. Really enjoyed the varied terrain. Some rocky/rooty steep areas, but some intermittent flat areas as well. Beautiful forest floor with ferns. The view is really spectacular. Lots of room to spread out & explore on the cliffs. We had 8 kids in our group ages 4-12 & all did well (4 yr old needed some help navigating the steeper areas) & loved the payoff views of Grandfather Mountain. Saw some military fighter jets fly over a couple of times (doing training exercises I assume) - which was also a huge highlight for the kids.

Tracy Hollis
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Hiking

This is one of the best trail we hiked this week. View at the end was incredible. We had lunch on the rock and the weather was perfect. Only ran into 3 groups of people the entire hike.

Kaleb Pittman
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Hiking

Well maintained. A little tough to get to, but perfect view of Grandfather and Grandmother mountains.

Marcia Carlson Pack
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Hiking

I definitely recommend this hike!! the views are magnificent!

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Lora Cobb
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watch out for poison ivy the view is amazing

Hunter House
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Hiking

Very very very steep for an out of shape millennial like myself, but it is really an incredible trail. The view makes it worth while.

Lionel Gautreaux
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Ma Ed
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There were alot of people on this trail, which normally I don't mind but I picked this trail because it was lightly traffic. At the end of the trail when we were looking at the amazing view, there were people getting high. To each their own but they don't need to light up in front of other people and their children. The trail and views were amazing.

Paul Silverstein
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Hiking

Well-kept trail with awesome views and plenty of places to take in the view when you get to the end. Some good, short ups and downs. Parking is a challenge.

Kaitlin Smith
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HikingBugs

I loved this hike! It was the first hike I’ve done with just my puppy & I & it was amazing! Great mix of incline/decline & was VERY shady! Make sure to bring bug spray bc the bats are a little annoying. At the cliffs get ready for some beautiful panoramic views of the mountains. My dog & I ate lunch & enjoyed the peacefulness of it all. Will definitely be back <3

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Mary Beth H
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Hiking

Beautiful views from the cliffs...

Kenneth Yearick
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Hiking

Fantastic hike. Went on a rainy, cold day so views were in the clouds. Nice kept trail and outstanding cliffs.

Neil Frandsen
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Hiking

Great trail if you want peace and solitude. The view at the end is magnificent.

Jenny T
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Hiking

56 and 64 yo. Great trail with beautiful view. Limited parking at the trail head. Toward the end of the trail stay to the left that takes you to the end and the view. If you take the right you end up at a nice campsite.

Nadine Shawah
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HikingRocky

very nice short local hike through the forest. well maintained trail. good views at the end of the hike. we were ages 29, 37 and 71. when we went we were the only ones on the trail.

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Husky Walker
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Hiking

The views at the cliffs are incredible and well worth the hike. I would note that the gps directions to the trailhead had me overshoot the mark by a couple tenths of a mile. Fortunately on the way I saw a couple cars parked at the trailhead, so I knew right where to go when I turned around. If I hadn’t seen the cars on the way, finding the trailhead would certainly have been more challenging. A great hike though.

Jeff Kurzner
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Hiking

nice length. not a huge pay out at the end

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Kimberly Glidewell
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Hiking

We were looking for Little Lost Cove trail but due to our GPS loosing signal we parked at the wrong spot and did not read the signage closesly. However, my 14 year old son and I had a great hike. Spectacular view at the end was just what we were after. It took us an hour and a half at a decent pace.

Darrel-Brenda Gordon
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Hiking

Great trail (3.6 according to my GPS) stunning views. Trail was beautiful with all the rhododendron ‘s providing cover from the sun

Andrew Tisdale
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Hiking

Moderate trail, but a great view. Would be a great place to camp.

Jeff Hemric
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Lorinda Stines Whisnant
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This is a moderate trail for avid hikers. If you are out of shape, this one is more difficult as it is 6.6 miles round trip. It is steep in a few spots, but for the most part it's pretty flat. The view from the cliffs at the end is beautiful!

Kendra Reese
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Hiking

Another great trail in the Colettsville area.

Garrett Teffeteller
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