Cove Mountain Loop – Exploring the old A.T.
• What we’ll do
This will be a joint hike with the Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club. The hike starts out with a bushwhack that will explore the former A.T. trail alignment, which was moved to its present location in the 1970’s but dates back to at least the 1940’s. It is now nearly invisible over much of its route. We will follow the old A.T. from Jennings Creek bridge, arriving at the present A.T. where it intersects with the Glenwood Horse Trail. Much of the old A.T. trail is no longer maintained, plus we will bushwhack at least 1/2 mile. The rest of the hike will involve climbing Cove Mountain on the A.T. before returning to our vehicles using Little Cove Trail. If time permits, we will take a short side hike to a nice waterfall near the end of our journey. RATC hikers will meet up at the Daleville lot and carpool, encountering the hike leader and NBATC hikers at the trailhead. Here is an approximate map our our loop: https://mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.php?t=t4&q=http://people.virginia.edu/~mjm6ny//GPS/coveoldat.gpx
And it is a slight variation of a writeup I did for hikingupward.com: https://www.hikingupward.com/JNF/CoveMountain/
• What to bring
Standard day-hiking gear, long pants, lunch, and money (or car) for the carpool; Cost — $4.00 based on a 50 mile round trip drive.
• Important to know
Because this hike involves a 2000 foot ascent and some bushwhacking, it is rated a strenuous hike. Hikers should be in good shape and able to keep a steady pace for this hike. Forecast of bad weather or extensive ice in the mountains cancels. No dogs on this hike.