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A Nature Lover’s Guide to the Best Hiking Trails in Western North Carolina

A Nature Lover’s Guide to the Best Hiking Trails in Western North Carolina
Nestled in the heart of Western North Carolina, Wilderness Cove Campground offers not just a gateway to nature but a portal to some of the region’s most captivating hiking trails. From serene pathways to challenging terrains, there’s a trail for every adventurer’s soul.
1. Green River Cove Trail:
Distance: 6.5 miles
Estimated Time: 2 hours 55 minutes
Difficulty: Moderate
The Green River Cove Trail presents an exhilarating journey through lush greenery and along the tranquil Green River. This moderate trail offers a blend of captivating landscapes and subtle challenges, making it a favorite among hikers. What’s remarkable is its accessibility – the trailhead is within walking distance from Wilderness Cove Campground.
2. Milton Bradley Falls Trail:
Distance: 4.8 miles
Estimated Time: 1 hour 41 minutes
Difficulty: Moderate
Embark on the Milton Bradley Falls Trail, an enchanting hike characterized by verdant foliage and the refreshing sounds of cascading water. As a moderately challenging trail, it promises a rewarding experience for hikers seeking a blend of nature’s tranquility and scenic vistas. This hike takes you through a stream, open fields, dense forest, and ultimately to a beautiful waterfall – Milton Bradley Falls in the Green River Gamelands. The trailhead, conveniently, is a stroll away from Wilderness Cove Campground.
Other Notable Trails:
• Chimney Rock State Park
o Distance from Wilderness Cove: Approximately 20 miles
o Ascend to the top of Chimney Rock for breathtaking views of the Hickory Nut Gorge and beyond. The park offers a variety of trails suited for different skill levels, including the iconic Hickory Nut Falls Trail.
• DuPont State Recreational Forest
o Distance from Wilderness Cove: Approximately 25 miles
o Explore the diverse beauty of DuPont Forest, featuring captivating waterfalls, such as Triple Falls and High Falls. The extensive trail system accommodates hikers of varying expertise.
• Pisgah National Forest
o Distance from Wilderness Cove: Approximately 30 miles
o Delve into the wonders of Pisgah National Forest, offering an array of trails amidst ancient hardwood forests and iconic landmarks like Looking Glass Falls. Trails range from leisurely strolls to challenging treks.
• Gorges State Park
o Distance from Wilderness Cove: Approximately 35 miles
o Gorges State Park features stunning waterfalls, rugged gorges, and diverse ecosystems. Trails range from easy walks to more challenging hikes, offering encounters with beautiful landscapes.
• Appalachian Trail – Max Patch
o Distance from Wilderness Cove: Approximately 50 miles
o The iconic Max Patch segment of the Appalachian Trail offers an expansive grassy bald with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. It’s a moderate hike perfect for day trips and enjoying sunsets.
• Great Smoky Mountains National Park
o Distance from Wilderness Cove: Approximately 70 miles
o A bit further away, but well worth the journey, the Smokies offer a wealth of hiking options. Explore the park’s diverse flora, fauna, and historical landmarks along its network of trails.
Exploring the best hiking trails in Western North Carolina near Wilderness Cove Campground allows nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts to experience the region’s diverse terrains and stunning natural landscapes. With trailheads within walking distance, adventure beckons right from the campground’s doorstep.

No Tee Times. Walk-Ins Only.

Standard Golf Rates*

Weekdays

Weekends

*Specials Available For Seniors, Veterans and First Responders. Tax included.

Membership Options**

Golf and Pool

Golf Only

**Bonuses Available For Referring New Members.

Staying awhile in our RV Park? Add an Unlimited Golf Package to your reservation for $150/month!

*Tax included. Monthly Memberships require a 12-month commitment. Dues are paid monthly. Up to 5 individuals living in the same household are included in Family memberships.

Membership Options**

Golf and Pool

Pool Only

*Tax included. Monthly Memberships require a 12-month commitment. Dues are paid monthly. Up to 5 individuals living in the same household are included in Family memberships.
**During winter months (November - March) all pool members may use the pool at no extra charge, if available.

green river DELAYED HARVEST STOCKING DATES

Fishing Boats

Includes rental, paddle, life jacket, and shuttle ride.

Catchers

Includes rental, paddle, life jacket, and shuttle ride.

Bellyaks

Includes rental, helmet, gloves, , paddle, life jacket, and shuttle ride.

Half Day Rental: $50

Tubing Season

Safety Requirements

Scheduled Tubing Closures

May

September

June

July

August

Mini Cat Rental

(Includes rental, life jacket, Paddle, and Shuttle Ride. Limited supply.)

1.5 MILE FLOAT (APPROX 1 HOUR): $25

Our shortest float starts at the top put-in (Fishtop access) and finishes at the Wilderness Cove Beach.

4.5 MILE FLOAT (APPROX 3 HOURS): $25

Our most popular float begins at Wilderness Cove Beach and finishes at the final takeout (Big Rock access – or as we affectionately call it, Fish Bottom).

6 MILE FLOAT (APPROX 4 HOURS): $30

Our longest float starts at the top put-in (Fishtop access) and finishes at the final takeout (Big Rock access – or as we affectionally call it, Fish Bottom).

Tube Tracker Rental

(INCLUDES RENTAL, LIFE JACKET, PADDLE, AND SHUTTLE RIDE. LIMITED SUPPLY.)

1.5 MILE FLOAT (APPROX 1 HOUR): $25

Our shortest float starts at the top put-in (Fishtop access) and finishes at the Wilderness Cove Beach.

4.5 MILE FLOAT (APPROX 3 HOURS): $25

Our most popular float begins at Wilderness Cove Beach and finishes at the final takeout (Big Rock access – or as we affectionately call it, Fish Bottom).

6 MILE FLOAT (APPROX 4 HOURS): $30

Our longest float starts at the top put-in (Fishtop access) and finishes at the final takeout (Big Rock access – or as we affectionally call it, Fish Bottom).

Daily Schedule & Reservations

Our tubing schedule is updated daily on our Facebook page, based on releases from the Tuxedo Hydro Station upriver. We run 6 days per week during the season. Check our schedule before heading our way to stay informed. For 1 hour floats, tubing runs from 11:30am-6:00pm, and tubers must be in the water to start their float by 3:00pm. For 3 hour floats, tubing runs from 12:30pm-6:00pm, and tubers must be in the water to start their float by 3:00pm. For 4 hour floats, tubing runs from 11:30am to 6:00pm, and tubers must be in the water to start their float by 2:00pm. Please note that these times are subject to change without notice as the flow of the Green River is out of our control. Reservations are not required, but are recommended for premium options like Catchers, Fishing Boats and Bellyaks. Weekends and holidays are busiest, so arrive early. Join us for an unforgettable tubing adventure – reserve your spot today!

ONLINE WAIVER​

Maximize your time on the water by completing your waiver ahead of time. Be sure to check-in and pay at the camp store when you arrive.

Tubing Season

Safety Requirements

Scheduled Tubing Closures

May

September

June

July

August

Daily Schedule & Reservations

Our tubing schedule is updated daily on our Facebook page, based on releases from the Tuxedo Hydro Station upriver. We run 6 days per week during the season. Check our schedule before heading our way to stay informed. For 1 hour floats, tubing runs from 11:30am-6:00pm, and tubers must be in the water to start their float by 3:00pm. For 3 hour floats, tubing runs from 12:30pm-6:00pm, and tubers must be in the water to start their float by 3:00pm. For 4 hour floats, tubing runs from 11:30am to 6:00pm, and tubers must be in the water to start their float by 2:00pm. Please note that these times are subject to change without notice as the flow of the Green River is out of our control. Reservations are not required, but are recommended for premium options like Catchers, Fishing Boats and Bellyaks. Weekends and holidays are busiest, so arrive early. Join us for an unforgettable tubing adventure – reserve your spot today!

Tube Rentals (Includes tube rental, shuttle, and life jacket)

1.5 MILE FLOAT (APPROX 1 HOUR): $15

Our shortest float starts at the top put-in (Fishtop access) and finishes at the Wilderness Cove Beach.

4.5 MILE FLOAT (APPROX 3 HOURS): $15

Our most popular float begins at Wilderness Cove Beach and finishes at the final takeout (Big Rock access - or as we affectionately call it, Fish Bottom).

6 MILE FLOAT (APPROX 4 HOURS): $20

Our longest float starts at the top put-in (Fishtop access) and finishes at the final takeout (Big Rock access - or as we affectionately call it, Fish Bottom).

Online Waiver

Maximize your time on the water by completing your waiver ahead of time. Be sure to check-in and pay at the camp store when you arrive.

Have your own tube or kayak? No problem! Shuttle services are offered for $15 per person.