Cove, Cedar Ridge, Creekside and Chestnut Trail

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McDowell Nature Preserve

Cove, Cedar Ridge, Creekside and Chestnut Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Belmont, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and bird watching. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.0 miElevation gain406 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashkid friendlyHikingWalkingBird watchingRunningForestLakeRiverViewswild-flowersWildlife
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Walked the outer most trails, clockwise; excluding the Campground Trail

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Reviews (129)
Photos (262)
Recordings (119)
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rikki longanecker
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Hiking

Nice variety of typography. Definitely wait a few days after any rain as the trail was a little muddy in some parts. Overall though I will definitely be back. Download the map so you can stay on this extended trail that takes you on multiple color trails. It was a fun adventure!

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Anne O'Shell
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Fishing

This was a nice park with a variety of terrain. It was pretty muddy, so be prepared.

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Sandra Oliver
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Hiking

great hike, moderate with some good hills and valleys

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B. A. Schick
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HikingGreat!

Several areas were not well marked.

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Chris Lee
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ROBERT MICHELLE ORTLOFF
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HikingMuddy

Feels like choose your own adventure with so many trail options! Muddier than expected throughout.

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Scott Woods
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Jessica Pharr
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Deb Strauss
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Hiking

Amazing

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Zach Cabrera
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Kate Wolff
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Laurie Grauer
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Hiking

Only did half the trail. I didn't finish before dark. Paths aren't very clear so deff. Download the map. It seemed more easy than moderate. There are a few climbs but bring sticks.

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Deb Strauss
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Hiking

Loved it

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Deb Strauss
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Amazing

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@cmtrv ⁣
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HikingGreat!

Amazing place to enjoy some fresh Fall air, read a book, and escape the 24/7, droning sound of state television at your grandparents’ the day after Thanksgiving.

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Katie Sara
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Walking

Trails were easy to find, lovely day, and the leaves are still changing! Some forks are not well marked on which trail to follow. We did this one and kingfisher (on accident) but still nice low key stroll

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Tim Cheek
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Brandon McLain
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Hiking

Great views. very difficult to navigate. had to turn around and use my phone a few times.

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Christin Brown
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Hiking

It was Beautiful perfect amount of ups and downs. So peaceful and quiet saw an owl and a Large Turtle. Great views of the lake and lots of places to have lunch!!!!!

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Melissa Cardinali
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Ray Bone
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Hiking

Great trail hard to follow but makes it fun

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Asher Sherburne
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Hiking

Trail was poorly marked and terribly hard to follow as there are many spur trails.. overall a nice hike mostly easy with a rare few “Moderate” spots. Good views.. very humid when I was hiking, not sure if that’s always but soil was very moist so I suspect it’s always like that

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Jenelle Southwell
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, especially at sunset!

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Jessica Ridgway
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Hiking

Easy trail great for beginners. Well marked and maintained

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Bryan Bott
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Dean Adcock
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Hiking

Great trail slightly confusing on trail signs. We used All trails app. Helped keep us on correct trail

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Ram B
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Spicy Hobbit
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Hiking

our 1st HARD trail, the 1st half is no joke but the views at the top was worth every step. nice easy ending downhill leading to the steps down to parking lot.

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ken st.amand
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Kt Lai
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Hiking

Just awesome!!! Great subtle inclines for hiking and lots of trails to explore. Could spend all day here. Some trails connect via road. Just follow the signs and color shapes.

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