High Cove itself has several miles of trails, from easy strolls along Beech Creek to somewhat more strenuous hikes up to the ridge, affording glorious views of the Toe River Valley in one direction, and the Black Mountains in the other direction. If you are interested in longer hikes, the region offers a lot of possibilities.
Hiking Trails in the Region:
Black Mountains Crest Trail
Trails at Mt. Mitchell State Park
Trails at Roan Mountain (including Appalachian Trail)
Trails at Linville Gorge Wilderness Area
Trails at Black Mountains and South Toe River Area (Celo)
Trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Trails in the less populated Greenbrier/ Cosby and Balsam Mt. / Big Creek / Cataloochee areas are about 2 hours away – good for a day trip.
Crabtree Falls (access Blue Ridge Parkway from Spruce Pine)
Linville Falls – Erwins’ View
(Thanks to the ASIF Center for this useful guide to local hiking.)