Chasing Waterfalls Near Asheville Western North Carolina

waterfalls in Western NC

There’s nothing like a natural waterfall to soothe our senses. No wonder folks who adore setting out on invigorating hikes near Asheville NC, search for cascading falls throughout the region.  Waterfalls are as individual as snowflakes–no two are alike, and their beauty is undeniable.  Whether the water takes the form of running rapids, or a gentle stream flow, the waterfalls of Western North Carolina are among the state’s glorious natural features. 

Have you ever noticed the calming effect when you stand by the ocean’s shore, lost in the salty spray while the pounding surf is all you can hear? For the same reason we love the sound of the ocean, indoor waterfalls have become a popular fixture in our homes. This is because the sound of cascading water, just like the sound of the ocean’s waves, is soothing to our senses.

We are incredibly fortunate in this region to be able to step from our mountain view cottages and take hikes near Asheville NC to any number of these uplifting waterfalls where we can experience the glorious sight, sound and mist in person. The spray from a waterfall is cooling and pure as the spray from the sea, and the sound of a natural waterfall is something you cannot buy.

Here are a few waterfalls of Western North Carolina to put on your list when planning your next hikes near Asheville NC:

Looking Glass Falls is named after nearby Looking Glass Rock; located off US 276 between Waynesville and Brevard, this is an easy 50-foot waterfall you can admire from the parking lot.  There’s a short flight of stairs if you’d like a closer peek.  This is a great excursion for little kids or the elderly who are unable to handle a longer hike.  Swimming in the pool beneath the falls is amazing fun and safe even for little ones.

Soco Falls is located off Highway 19 of the Blue Ridge Parkway between Maggie Valley and Cherokee.  This waterfall is known for being tucked away as well as being two falls in one!  Soco Falls is the perfect backdrop for your family photos.

Dry Falls also has easy access from the highway and is located in the Nantahala National Forest.  This waterfall joins a group along the Cullasaja River in an 8-mile stretch.  Visitors can stay somewhat dry while walking behind the falls but don’t count on that—the refreshing mist from Dry Falls can make London seem arid!

Linville Falls is closest to The Coves and is part of the National Park Service and boasts three waterfalls, two upper and one beneath with a forty-five foot drop.  This falls is right off the parkway at milepost 316.  There are a variety of trails to hike for all levels of endurance and a picnic area to enjoy after you work up that hearty appetite.

There are hundreds of waterfalls of Western North Carolina to visit.  Did you know we have four waterfalls at The Coves?

Those who live in mountain view cottages at The Coves Mountain River Club, know the ease and simplicity of stepping out of their front doors to explore the four cascading waterfalls along the gated community’s impeccably-groomed trails.

Grandfather Gorge Falls is a 50-foot-triple-tier falls with water that plunges down tremendous boulders and into a stunning pool.  Mila Cascading Falls is admired for its staircase effect that flows into the Johns River in the serenity of Mila Park.  Highland River Falls cascades through a hollow in the mountain, splashing into the Johns River.  And Penelope Cascading Falls is dynamically layered and 40 feet high with various splash pools. Of course these waterfalls and trails are graced with mountain laurel, azaleas, and other colorful flowers and a canopy of trees that provide shelter for many captivating birds at The Coves.

When you’re scoping out mountain view cottages, come visit us and be sure to bring your camera to capture the beauty of our waterfalls.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which provides more information about living in the foothills.

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Take the NC 100 Mile Hiking Challenge in 2018

hiking trails near Asheville NC

Every year, North Carolina State Parks challenges every state resident to complete 100 miles of physical activity.  It’s a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty and resources North Carolina is known for.  And of course you reap many health benefits as well, such as stress reduction, improved muscle mass, weight loss, better sleep and even disease prevention.

There are 42 trails close to The Coves Mountain River Club that offer not only the exercise you need but amazing views of the waterfalls of Western North Carolina and some of the area’s other most spectacular features.

So why not use this opportunity to become familiar with some of the popular hiking trails near Asheville NC?  Even if it’s just one or two miles to begin with, what’s important is that you’re getting started and participating.

Go to to sign up for the 2018 “100-Mile Challenge” and start logging your progress.

Here are some rules to keep in mind.  Be sure your footwear is sturdy, comfortable and well broken-in before you hit the trail.  Choose the right activity for your fitness level.  Bring a map.  Know the weather forecast and dress accordingly.  Take sunscreen, bug repellent, a hat, sunglasses, snacks and water.  For safety, hike or bike with a friend or family member.  Otherwise, let someone know where you’re going and when you should be back.  Finally, respect your surroundings, others in the park and the wildlife.

While you’re in Lenoir looking for North Carolina land for sale, plan a side trip to one of our three beautiful state parks:  Grandfather Mountain, Lake James and South Mountains.  You can find wonderful trails that accommodate any level of physical strength and stamina.

Grandfather Mountain State Park offers Nuwati Trail, which is peaceful and soothing, mildly challenging and good for all ages.  You’ll get a spectacular view of the Boone Bowl and Calloway Peak from Storyteller’s Rock.  Profile Trail is a longer and more strenuous walk, and Grandfather Trail is recommended only for very advanced hikers.

The Overmountain Victory Trail at Lake James State Park follows the route taken by American patriots who shadowed a force of marauding British loyalists across three states until they finally engaged in battle at King’s Mountain.  It’s an easy hike, mostly shaded under mature forest canopy.  Beginner and intermediate level bikers will like the Upper Tindo and West Winda Loops.

At South Mountains State Park, hikers often combine Possum Trail with Chestnut Knob Trail for a 7.7 mile loop that reaches the highest point of the park and includes a view of one of the loveliest waterfalls of western North Carolina, High Shoals Falls.  Also check out the Benn Knob, Horseridge, and Fox Trails.

The many hiking trails near Asheville NC make it easy to walk and stay in shape because there’s so much to explore that you never run out of surprises.  People who seek North Carolina land for sale know they’re buying a lifestyle that’s wonderfully different from the one they’ve been accustomed to. 

With so many ways to become and remain active – and the year-round mild weather – our residents at The Coves Mountain River Club find that the Lenoir area’s many attractions can keep them as busy as they want to be.

We look forward to your visit.  Find us on the Johns River near Wilson Creek with plenty of access to swimming, fishing, tubing and other water-related activities. Explore our four waterfalls, two community gardens and 16 miles of award winning hiking trails within our community.

There is no better way to immerse yourself in the splendor of the surroundings here in the foothills of North Carolina than to choose a trail, set off on an invigorating hike and begin your “100-Mile Challenge”.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page Complimentary Magazine.

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7 Exciting Western North Carolina Hiking Clubs

Western North Carolina hiking clubs

It’s no wonder that hiking clubs abound in Western North Carolina.  This region provides a gloriously varied landscape to those who enjoy heading out for a day, or maybe a week, heading down trails that range from tame to downright strenuous.

Western North Carolina is hands down the most sought after hiking grounds for those in the know.  For one thing, the 2,184 mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail graces this part of the state, and the Blue Ridge and the Smoky Mountains are an equal draw.

But there are so many other wonders—dramatic 360- degree views, fir forests, the bursting beauty of the natural growing Catawba rhododendrons,  sheer rock faces and other geological features that stop you in your tracks before you reach the crest of a summit.  Some seek the waterfalls of western North Carolina, loving nothing more than a hike in spring with one thing in mind– feeling the cool spray of a majestic waterfall.

There are many great resources online to assist your excursions.  Be sure not to forget to pack sunscreen, water, snacks, and of course your camera.

The Blue Ridge Hiking Club is an informal group of hiking enthusiasts who love meeting new friends while enjoying the outdoors of north-western North Carolina.  They welcome residents who live in Carolina mountain homes as well as visitors. Hikes of all levels, all year long  through the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Mountains-to-Sea trail, the Appalachian Trail, Linville Gorge, Roan Mountain (Tennessee), and the Virginia Creeper Trail (Virginia) for $10 a year, two hikes weekly.

The Monday hikes are easier than the Wednesday and Saturday hikes. Just show up at the trail head on Monday morning at 9:30. “We always have fun – no matter the weather, and we invite you to join us!”  Upcoming hikes:

  • Wednesday, April 25 – Watauga Dam via AT. (Carter/Johnson Co., TN)–7 miles, 4+ hrs. Rated moderate. Contact Carol Ann Mitchell at 423-772-4280, text 423 957-1207.
  • Saturday, April 28–Price Lake plus Boone Fork–approximately 7 miles; 4 hours; moderate to strenuous. Contact Roger Bodo–828-260-2019.
  • Monday, April 30–Trout Lake to Rich Mountain: 5 miles or less; relaxed pace.
  • Wednesday, May 2–Wildflower Crawl on the Lower Profile Trail; moderate–about a mile round trip. Contact Susan Moore at 828-733-5748.
  • Saturday, May 5–Hawksbill Mountain: Moderate to strenuous 1.8 miles, with 670 ft. elevation gain; approximately 2 hrs. Contact Bob Heath–828-773-0471.
  • Monday, May 7–Price Lake plus; 5 miles or less. Wednesday,
  • May 9–Mountains-to-Sea Trail; about 5 miles; contact Pam Hoffman, 828-262-9779.
  • Saturday, May 12–Appalachian Trail from US 321 to Watauga Dam; about 7 miles, 4 plus hrs; rated moderate; contact Carol Ann Mitchell–423-772-4280, text 423-9957-1207.
  • Monday, May 14–Green Knob Trail; 9. 5 miles or less, relaxed pace.
  • Wednesday, May 16– Laurel Fork Falls Hike; approximately 5 miles; moderate; contact Sheryl McNair at 443-360-9933.
  • Saturday, May 19–Table Rock and Crest Trail, 2 mi; moderately strenuous hiking; Mountains To Sea trail approximately 4-5 mi. Contact Skip Rackmill–828-355-9303.
  • Monday, May 21–Old John’s River Road to Price Lake–9. 5 miles or less, relaxed pace.
  • Wednesday, May 23– Hughes Gap to Roan High Knob on the AT–10 miles; moderate; contact Carol Ann Mitchell at 423-772-4280, text 423 957-1207.
  • Saturday, May 26–Story Teller Rock and Flat Rock; 5 mi., some parts strenuous and rocky; contact Bob Heath–828-773-0471.
  • Monday, May 28–Flat Top Observation Tower + Cone Memorial; 1. 5 miles or less, relaxed pace.
  • Wednesday, May 30– Glen Burney: Annie Cannon Gardens parking lot on Laurel Lane in Blowing Rock; 3.2 miles; contact Sherrey Murray at 828-737-0248.

 There are many opportunities to get involved with the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and Pacolet Area Conservancy—whether you want to volunteer, donate, or take on a hiking challenge.  For $35 dollars a year, there are plenty of hikes and activities throughout the month!  This organization has “deep roots and strong histories of preserving lands, joined together to build a larger community of advocates to further our common missions to protect and conserve natural resources in our burgeoning region for generations to come.”

Some upcoming hikes to usher in spring:

  • Friday, April 27, Craven Gap; 8:30-4; enjoy the scenery of WNC with your friends and family!
  • Monday, April 30, 9:30-1:30; celebrate Earth Day with a hike!
  • Friday, May 11, 8:30-4; the spectacular Lone Ridge of Pinnacle Mountain.
  • Saturday, June 30; 10:30-12; the first Tails and Trails with your four-legged friends!

Pisgah Hikers is a private hiking club with a number of hikes of various levels each week.  These hikes are free on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Please Note that effective May 9 Pisgah Hikers returns to the “Summer Schedule” with hikes starting at 8:30 and updates will be issued every Tuesday morning before the Wednesday hike.   Upcoming hikes to get your blood pumping:

Friday Easy Hikers; hikes are generally 3 miles, 3 hours long with no more than about 300 feet of climb. We meet every Friday at the BiLo Assembly Area in the parking lot  in June 9:15 AM departure; emails every Thursday to members of this group with weather forecast and hike description.

Spring 2018 Schedule:

  • April 27– Arboretum along Bent Creek
  • May 4— Carl Sandburg Hse
  • May 11–Pisgah Inn for Breakfast E38B. (8:15amDeparture)
  • May 18– Holmes State Park
  • May 25–Pink Beds via Barnett Branch
  • June 1— Daniel Ridge
  • June 8–Cradle of Forestry E14C
  • June 15–Pisgah Ridge E35H
  • June 22–Cove Creek
  • June 29–Corn Shoals in Dupon

The Monday Rollers’ hikes are in the medium range of difficulty. Regular departure time and place: the Lowe’s Assembly area in the Lowe’s parking by US64.  Please be there by 8:50 am; contact Maggie DiRocco  862-4618.

  • April 30–to be announced.
  • May 7–M21A; John Rock; 700 feet; 4.5 miles; R5;$1.50.
    May 14–M14B; Pink Beds; Long Loop; 500’; 5.5 miles; R5; $2.50.
    • May 21; M66B; Upper Whitewater Falls; 900’; 5 miles; R6; $5.50; starting at Bad Creek parking lot.
  • May 28; Memorial Day; M80A; Wintergreen Falls; 450’; 4.5 miles; R3; $2; starting from the Sky Valley Parking area.
  • June 4; M16A; Promontory Stump; 300’; 5 miles; R3; $3.
  • June 11; M81G; 3 Lakes Trail in DuPont State Forest; est.300’; est.4.5miles; R3;$2.
  • June 18;M23A; Daniel Creek/Lanning Ridge; 900’; 5 miles; R6 $2.
  • June 25; M38C; Buck Springs Lodge Loop; 300; 3.5 miles; R2; $3.50.

 The Monday Milers is a companion hiking group but slightly more challenging than the “Monday Rollers” with an average moving pace of 2 to 2.5 mph and distances of 4 – 8 miles with moderate elevation changes. Regular departure time and place:  Lowe’s Home Center near US 64—9 am; arrive by 8:45. Contact Richard Mayberry; 828-884-4398 (h) 704-236-4398.

The Monday Milers Spring Schedule:

  • April 30—Bearwallow Mountain/Trambore Trail; 5 miles estimated, 800’ climb estimated, R6, car fee:  $4.
    May 7—Flat Laurel Creek/Big Slam Loop; 4.5 miles, 900’ climb, R5, car fee:  $5.
    May 14—Cat Gap Loop/John Rock; 6.6 miles, 1,200’ climb, R7, $2.
    • May 21—Pisgah Ridge/Skinny Dip Falls via Graveyard ;4.6 miles, 500’ climb, R4, $4.50; shuttle, start at the intersection of 816 and the BRP.
  • May 28—Black Balsam/Tennant Mountain; 5 miles, 700’ climb, R6, $5; start at Big Sam parking.
  • June 4–Hike with “Rollers”
  • June 11— Hike with “Rollers”
  • June 18— Hike with “Rollers”
  • June 25—Mountains to Sea, Green Knob Trail; 6 miles, 700’ climb, R5, $5.

Wednesdays Striders: a faster pace and with less stops than the Monday Pisgah hikes.  Hikes range from 5 to 8 miles.  We have three different assembly areas depending upon the location of the hike—St. Philips Church parking lot, BiLo, and the Cedar Rock Community Center. Contact: Jay Hinze–828-553-6533 or Craig Smith–240-416-5971.

Wednesday Striders Spring 2018 Schedule:

  • April 25–Jones Gap – Rainbow Falls; 5 mi, 1300’cl, R5, $5; meet at Cedar Mountain; $5 for park admission.
  • May 2–Pisgah Ridge – Graveyard Fields Upper Falls; 5 mi, 900’ cl, R5, $4; meet at BiLo; from the junction of FS816 and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • May 9–Pilot Mountain; 5 mi, 1900’cl, R8, $3; meet at BiLo.
  • May 16–Bearwallow Mountain; 5 mi, 1700’cl, R10, $7; meet at BiLo or Ingles I26 & US64.
    May 23–Panthertown Waterfalls; 8 mi, 1500’, R8, $6; meet St. Philips.
    • May 30–23 feature hike – East Loop; 6 mi, 1300’cl, R8, $4; meet at BiLo;16- feature hike starts from the Big Sam parking lot at the end of FS816.

The Friday Hoofer hikes are the longest and most strenuous of the five groups. Contact Jay Hinze 828-553-6533 or Vince Castello–828-458-4489.

Friday Hoofer Hikes Spring Schedule:

  • April 27– Flat Creek Falls Panthertown; 8 mi, 1440’cl, R5, $5; meet at Catheys Creek Road.
    • May 4–Bennett Cove/Big East Fork; 8 mi, 1800’ cl, R8, $3; meet at BiLo.
    • May 11–Buckeye Gap – Haywood Gap; 9 mi, 1600’ cl, R8, $5.50; meet at Catheys Creek Road.
    • May 18–Buck Spring – Pisgah Inn; 12 mi, 1500’ cl, R7, $2.50;meet at BiLo.
    • May 25–Avery Creek – Buckhorn Gap Loop; 10 mi, 2000’, R9, $1; meet at BiLo.

Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy

“SAHC conserves unique plant and animal habitat, clean water, farmland, scenic beauty, and places for people to enjoy outdoor recreation in the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina.”  There are many ways to be involved with SAHC whether you enjoy lacing up your hiking boots or you long to help preserve the hiking trails in Western North Carolina.

Hikes and Outings almost every day for $40 a year:

  • April 25—April Wildflower Wednesday—11 am-3.
  • April 29—Golden-winged Warblers!At Yellow Mountain State Natural Area, NC;6:30 am-3:30 pm–$100.
  • May 3—2018 Leave No Trace Tainer Course; Highlands of Roan; 10 am; May 4 at 3 pm.
  • May 30—2018 May Wildflower Wednesday; 11 am-3 pm
  • June 8—2018 Roan Highlands Birding Hike; 9 am-12 pm; Highlands of Roan
  • June 9—2018 June Jamboree—Free Highlands of Roan
  • June 27—2018 June Wildflower Wednesday; 11 am-3 pm

The Smoky Mountains Hiking Club is nearly 100 years old and has over 600 members who are “hikers and outdoors enthusiasts who love the Smokies and the mountains of East Tennessee.”  There are weekly hikes in the  Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well as other gorgeous nearby areas, and membership fees are only $20 a year.  For those of you who have settled into your Carolina mountain homes and find you’d like to contribute to the community, SMHC appreciates volunteers to help maintain trails and shelters.

Upcoming SMHC Outings and Events:

  • April 28—Sat; Little Cataloochee
  • April 28-29—Sat & Sun; New Backpacker Orientation
  • May 5—Sat; Appalachian Trail Work Trip
  • May 6—Sunday; Big South Fork; Grand Gap Loop and Angel Falls Overlook
  • May 10—Thurs; Ten Mile Greenway
  • May 12—Sat; Spence Field/Russell Field Loop
  • May 16—Wed; Ace Gap and Beard Cane
  • May 19—Sat; Kanati Fork/Thomas Divide/ Newton Bald
  • May 19-20—Sat & Sun—Welch Ridge/Cold Springs Backpack
  • May 20—Sun—Kuwahi Scar Off-Trail
  • May 23—Wed—Rich Mountain Loop; Indian Grave Gap and Crooked Arm Trails
  • May 26—Sat—Ace Gap
  • May 28—Mon—Memorial Day; Cataloochee Divide Trail to PurchaseKnob

Mountains to Sea Trail is an essential organization for folks who care about our hiking trails in Western North Carolina.  For $35 a year you can support this 1,175 mile trail that allows hikers to cover the state and “is as diverse as North Carolina. Along the trail, you may see mountain vistas, rolling Piedmont farms, picture postcard colonial towns, weathered tobacco barns, old textile villages, country churches, rushing mountain streams, coastal swamps, hardwood and pine forests, lighthouses, sand dunes, miles of seashore, and friendly people.”  Some of the ways to get involved from the comfort of your Carolina mountain homes—join the friends, attend an event, share your photos, keep up-to-date with the newsletter, purchase a MST license plate, or volunteer.

Upcoming events to support the trail:

  • April 27—Fri—2:30; Trail Grand Opening at Guilford County Farm
  • April 28—Sat—Intermediate Trail Maintenance at Rockingham Community College
  • May 5—Sat—Eno River Section Annual Picnic at Fews Ford area, Eno River State Park
  • May 12—Sat—Upper Haw River Section Workday
  • June 5—Sat—Eno River Section Annual Picnic
  • June 12—Sat– Upper Haw River Section Workday

Friends of the Smokies was begun in 1993, and with hard work and devoted members and volunteers, more than $53 million has been raised to fund worthy projects in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park—historic preservation, wildlife management, environmental education among them.  If you don’t yet know about this amazing park, it spans more than 800 square miles of Western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee, and is where you are sure to find some of the most cherished views from mountaintops, as well as the wildlife we adore.  Find out for yourself by getting involved and have an incredible outdoor adventure while making life-long friends.

Upcoming Spring Hikes and events:

  • May 2—Pint Night at Bearden Beer Market
  • May 8—Classic Hike of the Smokies—Ramsey Cascades
  • June 11—Classic Hike of the Smokies: Cades of Cove Overnight Experience
  • June 12–Classic Hike of the Smokies: Cades of Cove Overnight Experience
  • June 19—Friends Day at Frugal Backpacker

It’s no secret to the folks who appreciate hiking trails in Western North Carolina that The Coves Mountain River Club delivers 13 miles of groomed hiking and horse trails. This is just one of the many perks that draw people in search of Carolina mountain homes to The Coves.

The Coves’ location is perfect, providing variation in elevation, with 3,600 acres ranging from 1,040 to 1,700 for our active residents to strut their stuff… and all without leaving home!   There are trails that suit a leisurely stroll by a magnificent waterfall, and challenging climbs to work your quads.   If you adore waterfalls of Western North Carolina, there are four dramatic waterfalls throughout these trails; it’s a hard act to follow!   Here’s a glimpse at what awaits you at The Coves:

Switchback Trail – 3.5 miles of trail over several streams, ending along Mila Cascading Falls.

Spine Trail – 3.5 miles of pasture trail over streams abutting a fishing pond and wildlife viewing area.

Winding River Trail – 2 miles of trails along the Johns River, past Coves River Park, the community gardens and stables and ending at Coleton’s Swimming Hole.

Magnolia Trail – 1.5 miles of trail up to 100ft overlooking river, winding into the serene woods and ending at Coleton’s Swimming Hole.

Tranquility Vineyard Trail –  a 1 mile trail into the woods along several small streams ending in the vineyard.

Little Waterfall Trail –  a .75 mile trail from Table View Lane, meandering past several waterfalls and into Waterfall Trail.

Cedar Cove Trail –  a .5 mile trail from the Waterfall Trail to the lovely community gardens and stables.

Waterfall Trail – a .5 mile trail down to Waterfall Park and into the community gardens for residents who just can’t get enough of the waterfalls of Western North Carolina.

Hawks Nest Trail – a .5 mile trail down from Waterfall Lane by a spring fed stream, into the Waterfall Trail and back to the community gardens and stable.

Lace up your hiking boots and then come explore the variety of hikes that bring fitness, relaxation and good old-fashioned outdoor adventure in our mountain community.

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour and a hike!

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The Mountain of Youth at The Coves

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An active lifestyle is important at any age but at retirement, it becomes crucial to maintain the highest quality of life into our golden years. Once we stop working, if we stop moving, it reduces our stamina. Exercise feels good and is important because it can ease symptoms of chronic conditions, and delay, and even prevent, disease. People who stay active have healthier immune systems, blood pressure levels, and are at less of a risk for heart disease or osteoporosis.

Simply going for a hike in the woods or mountain bike ride may be all it takes to reduce your risk of stroke or heart attack and prevent falls. Hiking also benefits us mentally by improving the quality of sleep and boosting our mood and self-confidence. And what better place to enjoy the great outdoors than in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. There are so many fabulous hikes near Asheville NC than you can explore 365 days a year.

At one of the most beautiful NC mountain communities near Blowing Rock, The Coves Mountain River Club is the place to hike along the slow moving Johns River which originates from Grandfather Mountain. It’s the place to breathe in fresh air and let the sound of rushing water put you at ease. Kayaking and canoeing are also popular to enjoy an epic river adventure.

The riverfront trail leads to Coleton’s Swimming Hole, an old-fashioned swimming hole with a rope swing. There are also four cascading waterfalls along the trails.  All in all, The Coves has 39 miles of groomed mountain hiking trails surrounding all the stunning North Carolina mountain homes within the neighborhood.

The Johns River is just one of the many wellness amenities that residents enjoy at The Coves. Here’s a quick over of all the amenities:


  • Gated Entrance
  • 6,000 Square Foot Mountaintop Lodge
  • Infinity-view Saline Swimming Pool & Hot Tub
  • Modern Fitness Center
  • Full Service Equestrian Center
  • 39 Miles of Hiking & Horse Trails
  • Four Waterfalls and Community Parks
  • Two Community Gardens
  • Five Miles of River Frontage on the Johns River

If you’re searching for the fountain of youth, come experience our mountain of youth at The Coves.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which provides more information about living in the foothills.

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Pisgah National Forest – Adventurous Hikes Near Asheville NC

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Western North Carolina offers a tremendous variety of recreation opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast.

One of the most popular places for hikes near Asheville NC is the Pisgah National Forest. This paradise of mile-high peaks and heavily-wooded slopes offers hundreds of miles of trails to explore. You’ll see a fascinating array of wildlife, plants and hardwood trees along the way.

People who own North Carolina mountain real estate have learned to appreciate and coexist with the pristine beauty of their surroundings while keeping in mind that outdoor activities in natural settings can sometimes carry inherent risks. Always be aware of your limits and focus on remaining safe.

The Pisgah National Forest encompasses more than 500 thousand acres. Conveniently close to several gated communities near Asheville NC, it’s a photographer’s dream, punctuated by picturesque whitewater rivers and cascading waterfalls that are simply postcard-perfect.

Even many locals may not know that they’re living near the very first tract of land purchased under the Weeks Act of 1911, which led to the creation of the national forests in the eastern United States. The Pisgah National Forest is also home to the first school of forestry in the United States and two of the first designated wilderness areas in the east.

You’ll find many camping, picnic and day-use areas for your enjoyment:

Dispersed Camping Areas:

  • Appalachian Ranger District
  • Big Ivy Area, Coleman Boundary
  • Black Mountain / South Toe River Area
  • Harmon Den Area
  • Hot Springs Area

Grandfather Ranger District

  • Linville Gorge Wilderness area
  • Wilson Creek Wild and Scenic River Area
  • Pisgah Ranger District
  • Shining Rock Wilderness

Group Camping Areas:

  • Appalachian Ranger District
  • Briar Bottom Group Campground

Pisgah Ranger District Areas:

  • Cove Creek Group Campground
  • Kuykendall Group Campground
  • Wash Creek Horse Camp
  • White Pines Group Campground

Campground Camping

  • Appalachian Ranger District
  • Black Mountain / South Toe River Area
  • Black Mountain Campground
  • Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area
  • Harmon Den Area
  • Harmon Den Horsecamp
  • Hot Springs Area
  • Rocky Bluff Campground
  • Grandfather Ranger District
  • Boone Fork Campground
  • Curtis Creek Campground
  • Mortimer Campground
  • Pisgah Ranger District
  • Bent Creek Experimental Forest
  • Lake Powhatan Campground
  • Davidson River Recreation Area
  • North Mills River Campground
  • Sunburst Campground
  • Wolf Ford Horse Camp
  • Briar Bottom Bicycle TR 1006
  • Grandfather Ranger District
  • Old Fort Picnic Area
  • Point Lookout Trail

Road cycling is available at these locations:

  • Briar Bottom Bicycle TR 1006
  • Grandfather Ranger District
  • Old Fort Picnic Area

Point Lookout Trail

  • Rock climbers can challenge themselves here:
  • Grandfather Ranger District
  • Linville Gorge Wilderness area
  • Wilson Creek Wild and Scenic River Area
  • Little Lost Cove Cliffs

Of course, anyone who enjoys backpacking and hikes near Asheville NC will find that there are far too many exciting options to list here.

One of the especially nice spots for swimming and non-motorized boating is the Wilson Creek Wild and Scenic River Area. Owners of North Carolina mountain real estate at The Coves Mountain River Club are fortunate to live along five miles of beautiful Johns River frontage near Wilson Creek, so they’re able to enjoy all the benefits of being right on the edge of Pisgah National Forest – like the sparkling clean water, fresh mountain air, mild four-season weather and unspoiled environment. Wilson Creek is also know for some of the best trout fishing in North Carolina and challenging kayak rapids.

Living near a forest is a pleasant change from living in the city, with all of its stress and congestion. As one of the finest gated communities near Asheville NC, The Coves Mountain River Club has become a very popular place to retire and live the good life. That’s because we offer not only an amazing number of options for outdoor adventure in the Pisgah National Forest but easy access to everything else you may need or want to do, like shopping, dining, medical facilities, local culture, continuing education, golf, and so much more. We also have more than 39 miles of hiking trails within our community.

When you’re in the Lenoir area, be sure to stop by The Coves Mountain River Club and let us take you for a hike and show you around our mountain paradise. 

Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit.

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Why Horse Lovers Choose Equestrian Communities in North Carolina

There’s nothing like finding activities that tend to both our bodies and our souls that we can enjoy every day. For many who have been fortunate enough to live in the gated communities near Asheville NC, there’s no end to the activities and recreation that are available year round.  This is why so many are building in the mountains, choosing mountain property and bringing their dream house to fruition.  It’s no surprise that the equestrian communities have discovered the splendor of North Carolina too. What could be better than combining your love for horses with a love of mountain land?

Health Benefits

The perks of horse ownership and riding are no secret.  There’s been plenty of research that has shown the health benefits of an equestrian lifestyle. Just as we know how healing our relationships with our cats or dogs can be, the same is true for the bond we share with our horses.  Those who study history dating back to the Ancient Greeks recognize this is no new thing.  Today there are therapeutic riding programs for children and adults who have various physical, mental and emotional needs.  When riders learn to connect with the horse, they gain an understanding of trust and connection, as well as how to learn, grow, and adapt to new situations.  The physical benefits are equally essential–improving balance, strength, coordination and often times alleviating chronic pain.

Scenic Beauty

No wonder there’s been a growth of equestrian communities across the country as well as for those living in the gated communities near Asheville NC.  Our serene mountain setting is ideal for horse owners. Shaded forests, babbling streams and gentle topography provide plenty of places to enjoy a picnic and immerse in the great outdoors. Our barn borders community gardens, a community park and waterfall and the Johns River. If you are considering building in the mountains, The Coves is an idyllic spot to settle down and saddle up.

Full Boarding Services

Round Mountain Ranch is where it all comes together at The Coves.  Our gorgeous red barn is situated along the Johns River, with high vaulted ceilings, a padded floor, tack room and fifteen acres of pasture for the horses to roam.  We know how to tend to the horse lovers in the community; in addition to its full-service equestrian center, parcels are available–ranging from four and a half to thirty acres–including improved pastures from an acre to more than four.  Talk about a dream come true—the perfect mountain home with enough land to board your own horse!  The Coves designed their equestrian parcels carefully, so many are graced with spring-fed streams to quench your horse’s thirst.  For horse lovers building in the mountains who desire boarding on their home site, but need a little help with care, assistance is available from Round Mountain Ranch. This way you’re still free to travel and pursue the other passions in your life. Having an equestrian center within the neighborhood means having a restroom, wash room, tack room, feed area, arenas, and security at the barn.

Groomed Horse Trails

Those days when you are staying at home at The Coves, there are thirteen miles of well-tended horse trails that meander through parks, and past four waterfalls that give you a reason to pause and be thankful. Highland River Trail is ten miles from the lodge, traversing to the Johns River where Mila Cascading Falls ends the gorgeous ride.  Magnolia Trail is three climbing miles to an elevation of 100 feet, providing a bird’s eye view of the Johns Rivers, and concludes at Coleton’s Swimming Hole for a refreshing dip. There’s plenty explore without ever leaving your neighborhood.   

Are you looking to be part of one of North Carolina’s equestrian communities?  Our equestrian center provides the latest technology, vet services, farriers, chiropractors, message therapists, dental vets, lessons, select feed service, turn out, pasture rotation, and round-pen training.  If you are considering the gated communities near Asheville NC, look no further.  Round Mountain Ranch at The Coves would certainly be the desired home for your four-legged best friend.

Mild Four Season Weather

Our mild four season weather creates an ideal environment for those who don’t like to take long breaks from riding during the harsh winter and for those who prefer to be outdoors instead of training inside an arena. Ride through fields of wild flowers in the spring, to our swimming hole in the summer, through the colorful forest during the fall foliage season or see a different perspective riding in the winter, when the leaves are off the trees.

Horse Socials

There’s nothing better than bonding with your horse while bonding with other horse enthusiasts.  Like sharing stories and horse care tips. Living in an equestrian community provides convenient opportunities to trail ride with neighbors who also own a horse at The Coves. Our relaxed environment to make this all possible, so be sure to come visit and discover the benefits of an equestrian center within your neighborhood.

If you have a horse or are thinking of purchasing a horse, come tour Round Mountain Ranch at The Coves.

Call us at 828.754.0700!

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