Lost Cove Hike- Sunday, September 16

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NC High Peaks and Carolina Mountain Club are staging a joint hike into Lost Cove on Saturday, Sept. 16. This is an eight mile round trip hike with a 1500 foot descent over a long series of switchbacks into the famous  pre-Civil War settlement that once thrived in isolation in the Nolichucky Gorge along the remote northern boundary of Yancey County. Time permitting, the group may descend to the river where Lost Cove families needing staples or work caught the train to and from Erwin, Tennessee, up until the early 1950’s, when access to the village finally became nearly impossible after the Clinchfield Railroad quit running passenger cars. A few home ruins and a Civil War cemetery dot the heavily wooded landscape.

Historical information on Lost Cove may be accessed at the following website: 

http://etd-submit.etsu.edu/etd/theses/available/etd-1112107-162048/unrestricted/SmithC121407f.pdf

Hikers may meet at the Burnsville Town Square at 9 or at Price’s Creek  at 9:15 for carpooling. CMC rules do not allow dogs on their hikes. For more information call hike leaders Jake Blood at 828-284-6878 or John Whitehouse at 828-682-3217. More information on the North Carolina High Peaks Trail Association may be found at nchighpeaks.org, or follow the group at facebook.com/nchighpeaks.