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Cove Hardwoods Nature Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 0.8 mi Elevation gain 206 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife No dogs
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Dalia Meram
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Hiking

Definitely moderately difficult. There’s some loose rocks and some sorts where it was hard to detect where the trail was. The arrows, numbered stakes (going with the brochure), and sound of the road nearby definitely assured me of the route. Oh, and having this recorded trail too.

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Amber Dunn
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Easy

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Jacquelyn Mehaffey
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Great find- we stoped for the picnic area (which is 5 stars!! Grills, picnic tables and a great view with sounds from the river) the walk was more of a hike, kids loved it, it was a great leg stretcher when driving across the park.

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El Langland
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Hiking

Pretty. Not too many overlooks, but nice scenery. A bit steep in the middle for a entire trail, but very doable.

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Annie Wallace
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Neat picnic area at the trailhead. Hike was fun. Had the trail to ourselves. Be sure to see the river while you're near the parking area.

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Krysta Muehlendyck
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Hiking

A very nice trail for those not wanting a crazy hike but love to enjoy some nature away from crowds. We had the trail to ourselves and had a great time exploring and saw some great vegetation and mushroom growth, as well as some cute soothing water runoffs. A perfect short detour while driving through the national park.

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Shannon Harbin
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Peaceful trail especially if you are wanting to get away from the crowds.

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Suzy Pearse
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Hiking

Short easy trail. Lots of great plants and mushrooms to see. We went on Tuesday and didn’t see another hiker the entire time on the trail. Very enjoyable.

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Facundo Atencio
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HikingBugs

This trail was short and nice to do with our three year old. We did take a few breaks because some areas were steep. We also saw a chipmunk alongside the trail.

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Jarrod Williams
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Hiking

There's so many better things to see and do instead of spend your time on this trail. However, I picked this because we were pretty sore from Mt. LeConte the day prior. Since it is fairly short, 1 mile, it might be nice if you have little kids. The adjacent Chimney Tops Picnic area is more scenic and I'd recommend spending your time there instead.

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Jason Reiling
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Hiking

Decent little trail in the picnic area. Amazing hammock at the top

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Hayden Hayes
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C Wynne
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If you could drown out the road noise, this is a relatively easy loop hike within a forested area. Some evidence of the 2016 wildfire, but still a pretty walk.

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Rick Walker
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HikingOver grown

Nature Trail Guide box was empty and would have liked to have read about the 15 points of interest. Could somebody post a photo of the guide here? I hope trail gets maintained soon.

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Gary Hammond
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HikingBugs

Pretty area. The hike started fine but within the first 1/8 mi. there was a wasp nest in a log that we nearly stepped on. Very aggressive! 6 stings between 3 family members! Not fun at all! If you do hike it, know that the nest is on the ground across the trail from a beautiful orange tree fungus. Do yourself a favour and do a wide circle around it.

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Christopher Palmer
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Gary Deboard
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Hiking

This is a fantastic introduction to the park. The tulip poplars here are really something to behold. This trail is a tree identifiers dream. The first half is decently uphill and would slow most down. It’s a good warm up.

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Terri Johnson
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Hiking

What a nice surprise! A wonderful little loop with such amazing bio-diversity. Wildflowers were great. The white trillium was mostly done but there were lots of others to see.

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sd b
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Very enjoyable and easy. Beautiful wildflowers in April.

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William Hughes
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Hiking

Short hike on forest floor. Parking and bathrooms at Chimneys picnic area. The trail guide was very informative and gave us an opportunity to stop and look around.

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Jessica Baxter
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Nice trail. If consider it close to moderate. Good for kids.

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Devin Eickelmann
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Hiking

This was a nice hike after a fantastic picnic lunch at Chimney Picnic Area. Nothing special but a nice easy uphill then downhill loop in the woods. Not a ton of views though we did see some giant millipedes and a couple nice streams. The trail has man-made steps throughout the hike which makes the uphill climb fairly easy. It's a great little hike to work of a big lunch :)

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Amanda Belcher
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I really liked this trail. It’s short, but don’t let “easy” fool ya on this one. It was fairly easy for me, but I can imagine someone less active may struggle. It’s not a paved or graveled trail. You hike up on rocks, limbs, mud, and tree roots, and in some places almost overgrown, but still very doable for most skill levels. You could hear nearby passing traffic, but we still saw 2 bears, one a tad too close for comfort! But he turned and walked away. Overall, good hike!

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Jimmy Team T
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Gorgeous! One of our favorites with kids!

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Carl Ga
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flowers were beautiful. trail was well maintained. Needed to be careful of tree roots

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Randy Randall
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4/12/18 Trillium up, other flowers emerging

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Norman Lathrop
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My review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape/nature photographer. There's nothing really special about this hike that you can't see in most Eastern US hardwood forests. No real outstanding landscapes scenes or wildlife. But what makes this trail somewhat special are the varieties of wildflowers you can find from late March until the end of April. I spotted 9 species on March 31st and there were probably more. Others will start to bloom in the first two weeks of April. If your photography interests are landscapes/wildlife, then skip this hike. If you enjoy wildflowers then this is one of the better hikes in the Smoky's from late March thru April.

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Seth Christianson
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Tip. At the trail head there is a box that asks for 50cents for a brouchre, take one and just return once done. It has interesting facts about that trail that are numbered 1-15 or so as you hike. There is a little traffic noise but not a huge deal. Could be difficult for those who aren't fit, it's up some but well maintained path.

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