Green River Cove Trail

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Green River Cove Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Saluda, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,040 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

hiking
24 days ago

Great trail!! I would hike it again!

hiking
29 days ago

Great trial. Only went a mile and found a little sandy area near the water and turned around. Was still a really good hike

hiking
29 days ago

This is a shaded wooded trail. It follows alongside the river where we went Tubing. We hiked in early May and the river was full and rough. There are 2 “beaches” where the trail comes close to the river and you can dip in the water. We had lunch on a ledge looking at the woods. The trail is narrow - in and out. We didn’t go all the way and took about 3 hours. Gali didn’t like this trail he thought it was “boring” because it’s mostly wooded with crossing of some tiny streams.

hiking
30 days ago

Nice mostly flat trail. Good river spots lots of poison ivy.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail along a gushing river. Good exercise but not difficult as long as you’re a bit in shape. Lots of different trees and plants, most of the hike was under cover of trees, so when it rained we stayed pretty dry. Mountain Laurels were blooming all along the trail. If you want to take a dip in the river, there are little side trails. This hike took us about 4 hours

hiking
1 month ago

4/25 Good water spot. Long

Beautiful trail with lots of views and the end is a great place! Good summer hike!!

hiking
washed out
1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail and not too hard. Can see houses across the River for about the first half of the hike. After about halfway the River comes rushing over large boulders. I took my dogs and was able to let them off leash as I saw only 2 other people. Heard numerous very loud and close gun shots which was a little scary. Also came across a snake right on the trail. Came later in the day so only went about three fourths of the way.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail we stopped short for time. Will return.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

Nice trail that goes along the Green River, very beautiful, was muddy in places.

hiking
6 months ago

We love this trail. Nice river and water views. Some tricky climbing but our big dog and all 5 of us from 25 to 65 years of age had a great time. Lots of large boulders at the top. You need to be fit but not overly difficult. A really great trail close to Saluda. The windy road on the way there is an added bonus.

hiking
6 months ago

We’ll marked Plenty of water views in Fall A few spots the trail is narrow with long drop offs, A bit slippery with all the leaves and recent rain, wife and I both had minor falls. Trail begins at East end of bridge. Few ways out , be careful

hiking
6 months ago

Perfect day! Lots of leaves on the trails!

6 months ago

loved this lightly trekked trail. not as flat or easy as I expected. It leaves the river to climb the sides of the gorge several times. Lots of ups and downs. My GPS showed elevation gain of 1133 and a distance of 7.26 miles although K took a couple of short detours to the river bank. Trail head is not easy too find as it is off the side of the road.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trail but not much in the way of views during the summer. Will go back in the late fall & redo along with several others that tie into it.

hiking
11 months ago

My 4 legged friend South gives it 4 bones. Easy walk, lots of places to jump in the water, took it all the way to below the narrows. Great place to swim and have a snack.

hiking
Sun May 19 2019

The only reason we have this a 4 instead of 5 is because they isn’t a payoff at the top. Well maintained hike with my man. A few creeks to cross but just the right combo of ease and difficulty for a good walk. Don’t let the beginning fool you, or the elevation map.

walking
muddy
washed out
Sat Feb 16 2019

No what we expected from hiking..its more like take nice walking path. Still my daughter was happy :) It's very easy walk.

hiking
Mon Feb 04 2019

Really nice hike. Most of the trail was well maintained but there were some large trees that have fallen towards the end of the trail from this years winter rain. The views of the river were fantastic and we detoured sever times to take in the view from the rivers edge.

hiking
Mon Jan 21 2019

Great trail with winter views of Green River. Muddy in spots and a couple stream crossings. It was cold so fun to see icicles hanging every where.

Tue Jan 01 2019

Awesome hike on New Year's Eve. The Green River was raging after the recent rain and very beautiful!

Fri Dec 28 2018

Enjoyed a great hike with my husband today on the trail. Beautiful views of the river during almost the entire trip. Nice balance of incline, descents and flats. Definitely joggable, as we jogged much the trail back. Highly recommend!

hiking
Sat Oct 06 2018

There was a small group of us that was going to hike this. We actually did get about a half mile or so before turning back. The reason was the one of the children. The gunshots had him a bit spooked. Anyway hard to hike with one and seven year old. I probably would not write a review but it is apparent that there was some washed out areas and downed trees. Not suitable for younger children. There trail would have been fine for just me and the other half. Just know there was at least three areas of rock/mudslide within the first half mile

Sun Jul 08 2018

While still a great hike, be aware that there has been some damage to parts of the trail due to recent heavy rains. There's significant evidence of mud and debris slides throughout the area and and exposed red clay mud areas especially along the first half mile or so of the trail. I would also rate the trail as moderate, not easy, due to 3-4 steep lengthier climbs. Pants are advised for anyone sensitive to poison ivy, as there was plenty bordering parts of the trail. Would definitely do it again despite the obstacles. Saw white bee balm and several other wild flowers. Enjoyed the boulder area at the turnaround point close to the Narrows.

hiking
Sat Apr 14 2018

The wildflowers were beautiful and loved the fact it stays so close to the river

hiking
Mon Aug 28 2017

There is a lot more trails in this area than what is on this site. To do a four hour, 7 mile hike begin at green cove, then bluff, then left on turkey gut, then west on spring trail, then west on ridge trail, then south on bear trail, left on puliiam, then left on green cove. The bottom and mid range area is a woodsy trail and the top is logging road with views of the mountains. There are a lot of spider webs and good views of the river. You can get wet in the river.

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