Cove Mountain and Little Cove Mountain Circuit
8.2 miles, moderate terrain
23 miles from Roanoke, $2.00 carpool fee
Located in Botetourt County, this hike offers creek side
walking along a branch of Cove Creek, a stop at Little Cove Mountain Shelter
and a view from a rock formation just a few hundred feet north of shelter. An
alteration, avoiding the normal road walk, will bring the hike by waterfalls.
This hike starts by climbing the Appalachian Trail past
Little Cove Mountain Shelter from the Jennings Creek Road, east of Arcadia,
north of Buchanan. At 4.5 miles, we will leave the A.T. and descend on the
Little Cove Mountain Trail 2.7 miles back to Jennings Creek Road. We will walk
the road 0.8 miles back to our vehicles. Elevation at the start of the hike is
1000 feet, and the A.T. portion of the hike climbs much of the way, ascending
to 2600 feet, meaning that this is a tough hike.
Cove and Little Cove Mountain