The N.C. High Peaks Trail Association will lead hikers into the historic abandoned community of
Lost Cove on Friday, May 5. Settled during or shortly after the Civil War, Lost Cove is nestled
above the Nolichucky River, and can only be reached on foot.

This very strenuous hike of about 7.5 miles will descend about 1,200 feet in elevation to visit the
Lost Cove ruins, buildings and cemetery, followed by a 1,200-foot climb back to our starting
point.  Only experienced hikers in good condition should attempt this hike.

Bring lunch, snacks, plenty of water and rain gear if the forecast looks threatening. Meet in the parking lot of the Rose’s Shopping Center in Burnsville at 8:30 a.m. in the corner overlooking the traffic light on
Highway 19E. The group will use Yancey Transportation vans for a donation of $5 per person.

Due to limited parking all hikers will ride on the van so be sure to reserve your seat! No dogs are
allowed on the vans.

The outing will be limited to 12 hikers. Contact hike leader Dennis Smith at 828-284-4000 or at to reserve a spot on the van or if you have any questions. 
Reservations are required by 5 p.m. Wednesday May 3.

As usual, be sure to check the club’s website,, or Facebook page for last-
minute changes.

Old corn crib