**DISCLAIMER – I have not done this hike before!! All information below is based on hike reports and other info I’ve found on the internet and not my personal experience. Please allow for give-and-take regarding trail conditions, ratings, and distances.**
This is a scout hike so bring your navigation skills and sense of adventure; expect to miss a turn or two…
Let's meet at the Ingles at the corner of Leicester Hwy and Patton Avenue in West Asheville at 8:45 AM. We will meet-and-greet, form carpools, and head for the trail promptly at 9:00. I have already scouted the trailhead parking and it is limited to 2-3 cars so carpooling is mandatory and I don’t want to take any more than two cars. It will take 1 hour to 1 hour, 15 minutes to get to the trailhead.
Lost Cove via Lost Cove Trail (trailhead off FS278). This is an out-and-back hike on Lost Cove Trail (#196) with the abandon town of Lost Cove as our destination. I want to take the “short way” to get to Lost Cove so that we can max out our time in the cove exploring. I’ve seen conflicting information regarding the distance of this trail so I’m going to say that the total round-trip distance is approximately 7-8 miles but expect to do more. I’ve seen one report that lists this hike as moderate, but judging by the topo, I would expect some of it to be strenuous.
Lost Cove was settled shortly before the Civil War and was a thriving Appalachian logging and farming community for about 100 years. The cove was isolated and goods and services were produced locally or brought in by train. Residents began to leave the cove after timber resources were depleted and the rail line was sold to CSX. Without timber, jobs were scarce and CSX no longer made regular stops at the cove eliminating easy transportation in and out the cove. The residents of Lost Cove petitioned the governor to have a road built to the cove, but the state government declined. The last residents left Lost Cove in the 1950s. From what I’ve read, there are a few standing buildings, a cemetery, and an old truck at the site. If you really want to geek out on the history of the Lost Cove, check out this link (click me (http://etd-submit.etsu.edu/etd/theses/available/etd-1112107-162048/unrestricted/SmithC121407f.pdf)).
The pace for this trip will be relaxed. I like to soak it all in, take pictures, catch my breath on the uphill, check out plants along the trail, etc. If this is not your hiking style, you may want to skip this trip.
Dogs are welcome and my car is always pup friendly. However, I prefer that your dog stay on a leash for this one.
What to bring:
water food shoes appropriate for hiking rain gear (just in case) camera a donation for your driver to help offset the cost of gas anything else you need to have a safe, comfortable, and happy hike This is a small group so please keep your RSVP up to date. If plans change and you are unable to attend, update your RSVP as soon as possible so that others on the waiting list have a chance to attend. Please be fair to and considerate of those on the wait list, no one likes a no-show and no one likes people that just show up!!