A walk in the woods continues to be one of the most sought-after nature experiences. The smells, sounds and unpredictable opportunity to observe wildlife in their natural setting heightens our senses and soothes our soul. The timelessness of it is sublime.
In a perfect world, groomed hiking trails are found right within a neighborhood. Mission accomplished! The Coves Mountain River Club strives for perfection in every way and has completed nearly 20 of more than 40 miles of hiking trails planned. With 3,600 acres ranging from 1,040 to 1,700 feet in elevation, trail difficulty ranges from flat easy hikes along the Johns River to more strenuous climbs up to Davis Knob in our gated community. Take a peek at our trails and the waterfalls in our community:
20 Miles of Hiking and Horse Trails
Switchback Trail – 3.5-mile trail crossing over several streams, brings hikers to bottom of the lodge, by the old gold mine and along Mila Cascading Falls
Spine Trail – 3.5-mile trail that brings hikers through the pasture property alongside the stock fishing pond and past the wildlife viewing area and over several beautiful streams
Winding River Trail – 2-mile trail that follows along the Johns River, passing Coves River Park, the community gardens and stables leading to Coleton’s Swimming Hole
Magnolia Trail – 1.5-mile trail starting down near the pasture then goes up in elevation about 100ft overlooking the river, then deep into woods and back down to Coleton’s Swimming Hole
Tranquility Vineyard Trail – 1-mile trail that brings hikers deep into woods and along several small streams down to the vineyard
Little Waterfall Trail – 0.75-mile trail that starts at Table View Lane and passes several waterfalls and ties into Waterfall Trail
Cedar Cove Trail – 0.5 mile trail that brings hikers to the Waterfall Trail leading to the community gardens and stables
Waterfall Trail – 0.5 mile trail that brings hikers down to Waterfall Park and into community gardens
Hawks Nest Trail – 0.5 mile trail that brings hikers from Waterfall Lane down along spring-fed stream into the Waterfall Trail leading to the community gardens and stable
Four Cascading Waterfalls
Grandfather Gorge Falls – 50-foot triple tier waterfall over large boulders plunging into a pool
Mila Cascading Falls – easy access, dramatic stairway-like waterfall into the Johns River at Mila Park
Highland River Falls – easy access, tumbles down a mountain hollow into the Johns River
Penelope Cascading Falls – 40-foot layered waterfall with splash areas, easy access near the Coves River Park
Our hiking and horse trail system blends seamlessly within the forest. The hiking and horse trails are wide, well marked and lead to scenic outlooks, picnic areas, and community parks. Thirteen miles of the trails are ‘horse friendly’. Residents can choose a short day hike or a full day adventure without ever leaving our gated community.
Fauna and flowers common to see on our trails include mountain laurel, poplar, rhododendron, azaleas and wild mushrooms. Bird enthusiasts can expect to see a variety of woodpeckers, owls, bluebirds, colorful finches and hummingbirds. Unplug, pack a lunch and grab a camera. You’re in for a treat hiking our trails.
If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page Complimentary Magazine
“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery – air, mountains, trees, people. I thought this is what it’s like to be happy.” – Sylvia Path