With over five miles of frontage on the Johns River, there are plenty of places to enjoy a lazy summer afternoon. Residents find it a toss-up as to which water toy to use for the day. Will it be a kayak, canoe, paddle board or giant inflatable tube? The river is refreshing with temperatures average a cool crisp 50 degrees.
The crystal clear water originates from Grandfather Mountain. It flows down through the mountains and through Wilson Creek, one of the best fly fishing streams in North Carolina. Wilson Creek connects to the Johns River. Rainbow and brown trout, smallmouth bass and catfish are commonly caught in the mountain-fed rivers.
Coves River Park, one of four parks in our gated community, features a covered riverfront pavilion with an outdoor kitchen and fire pit with cozy seating to relax in the shade. The river park also has horseshoe pits, a riverside hiking trail and plenty of open space for the family’s enjoyment. Penelope Sliding Rock Falls, Round Mountain Ranch, and the two community gardens are adjacent to the river park.
During the summer months, Coleton’s Swimming Hole becomes a splashing fun spot to be. The swimming hole protruding out into the river, has an old-fashioned rope swing, fire pit with outdoor seating and a sandy beach area providing easy access to the river. The dog-friendly park is the perfect area to play frisbee and let the pooch run free to splash in the river.
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“If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.” – Doug Larson