Cove Creek and Caney Bottom Trail

MODERATE 27 reviews

Cove Creek and Caney Bottom Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pisgah Forest, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.6 miles
600 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




mountain biking

nature trips




wild flowers

From Asheville, take I-240 west to I-26 east to exit 40, NC 280 (Asheville Airport). Turn right onto Hwy 280 and follow approximately 16 miles to to Hwy 276 in Brevard.Turn right onto Hwy 276 and go for 5.2 miles. Turn left onto Forest Service Road 475 (Pisgah Wildlife Education and Fish Hatchery).Go about 3.2 miles to where the pavement ends and you will see a sign on right side of road for Cove Creek Campground. Park in the pull off on the left side of road across from campground sign. Your hike will begin over at the campground sign

4 days ago

A lack of visible signage led to a wasted trip.

3 months ago

Nice loop hike. By going clockwise, the incline is moderate, and the final 2 miles are generally down but a bit of a challenge. Quite a few stream crossing, and the sound of the two creeks are audible even when the water is not in view. A perfect moderate hike!

5 months ago

This hike was easy for the most part. There were areas that you had a little climb if you wanted to go to the top of the lager fall. There was some really pretty creek areas however alot of the trees were down and did blocked lots of the other falls. I did walk/climb around amd over a lot of the trees to get a better view of a couple of falls but you still are not able to see them well. The large fall is really pretty and worth seeing it.

7 months ago

nice, easy, pretty trail with good campsites nearby

8 months ago

This is an easy hike to see a great waterfall. It's only 1 mile from parking area to Cove Creek Falls. After seeing the falls head back down to the second group campsite where there is a sliding rock with swimming area. You can slide on your butt however it looks like more fun on inner tubes. Great place for kids.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

I don't know how to give stars to trails. we did just the trail to the waterfall going in counterclockwise direction going on unofficial trail enabling excellent view of waterfall. this hike was easy but fun. my 12 year old son and very in shape 76 year old dad did it no problem. falls are beautiful. walk is terrific. the crossing across the water at bottom of waterfall was not a problem going rock to rock. I would do this hike again. when I have good connection I will upload photos. a few last points. this hike is very easy to get to from Brevard area and doesn't require long trip on blue ridge to get there.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

A great little getaway

Saturday, October 29, 2016

A nice hike but since it's 2 different trails, the directions on the app are a little confusing. Going clockwise, when you get to the top of the loop where you have the choice of blue or yellow, go blue which will take you along the creek. We came across numerous mountain bikers at the start but otherwise not a soul during peak color season!

Sunday, October 02, 2016

This is a real easy trail. If your a beginner or just want an easy day on the trails this is it. We've hiked this trail once before in the winter,and enjoyed it. It has had maintenance on the bridges which is nice. Some are still just logs to get across,although I enjoy the logs. But we couldn't take our dog on the trail before the maintenance because of the gaps in the log bridges. Not much to see on the trail ,it is also a mountain bike trail so look out for them as well. All around,just an easy trail for one of those days where you don't feel like pushing too hard.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Great spot! We hiked in through the group camps with our dog and then hit the trail. About a mile and a half in, turn right at the crossroads and there is a huge camping spot about twenty yards in to the right. Wide open spot with fire pit, plenty of trees for hammocks, and easy wood and water nearby. We saw some mountain bikers, but no one else, so we were able to keep our dog off leash the whole time. Easy hike except for one short steep section near the beginning of the trail.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

This is a very well maintained easy to moderate hike. You will start on a nice gravel road leading uphill along a creek with several nice cascades.When you enter the large cleared group camp area continue on the road near the pit toilets on the other side of the clearing, when you get back on the road be sure to check out the sliding rock with a nice pool at the bottom.Continue on the road and you will enter another large clearing, the road ends here.Pick up the trail towards the creek and pit toilets at the far end of the clearing. You will follow this trail upstream to Cove Creek Falls. The trail starts ascending and then goes down some before you reach the falls.You will continue to follow the blue blazed trail after enjoying the falls.You will cross several log bridges and several nice newer wooden bridges. This will lead you to the Caney Bottom trail, you will be following the yellow blazes now as the trail is mostly down hill through lots of Rhododendron, the creek will now be on your left, continue on until you come to the gravel road that you came in on , follow this road back to your parked car.

Monday, December 29, 2014

a cool little walk in the woods. i did the loop with no problems & nice waterfall at the end.

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