Green River Cove Trail in the Green River Gorge
The remote Green River Gorge, southeast of Hendersonville, North Carolina, is a rugged landscape of steep ravines, coves, and old-growth and mixed hardwood forest which boasts the some of the most popular whitewater rapids in the eastern United States. At its most impressive point, the Green River drops 400 feet in a distance of 1-1/2 miles and runs through a six-foot wide crevice known as the Narrows.
The Gorge runs through the Green River Game Lands, a state-owned tract of more than 10,000 acres set aside for wildlife conservation and management. Hunting, fishing, and trapping are allowed on the Game Lands, subject to state regulations.The Trails in this unique area are maintained to encourage and facilitate foot travel only. The 16 miles of hiking trails in the Game Lands are challenging, and it is recommended that hikers do not attempt the trails alone. During hunting season, which generally runs from mid-September to mid-May, Sundays are the safest day for hiking (hunting is not allowed on Sundays in North Carolina).
(excerpt taken from: http://www.blueridgeheritage.com/attractions-destinations/green-river-gorge )
Trail Description: Hike Green River Cove trail from the bridge to it's end at the big rocks on Green River near the bottom of the "Narrows", and return on the same trail.
Trail Type: Out and back
Total Hiking Distance: 7 miles
Estimated hiking time: 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 hours
(Depends on pace of the group, breaks, lunch.)
Total Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trailhead Directions: From I-26 near Hendersonville, take exit 59. Go east, away from Saluda, and then turn left onto Green River Cover Road. Drive 3.9 miles (through several switchbacks), cross the bridge, and park on the right across from the bridge. The t railhead will be across the road on the left.
Directions to trailhead from INGLES: http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=35.480286,-82.549526&daddr=Green+River+Cove+Rd&hl=en&ll=35.364976,-82.431107&spn=0.249456,0.528374&sll=35.366656,-82.42321&sspn=0.249451,0.528374&geocode=Fd5iHQId6mQU-w%3BFZg-GgIdmx0Y-w&mra=ls&t=h&z=12
> We will leave INGLES on Long Shoals promptly at 9:15.
> Expected arrival time at trailhead approx. 10:00.
> Depart for the hiking trail at 10:15.
> For car-poolers, please bring $$$ for the drivers (~$5).
> This is a dog friendly hike.
(Photos courtesy of mwandrews, link: http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1039775 )
Click HERE to download a trail map in PDF form, from the ECO-WNC.ORG website.