036 – Rockslide on Cove Creek

Accessibility – Easy

Height: Approx 15′-20′

Distance – 1.0 miles (out and back)

Beauty – 6

Photo rating – 6

Solitude – 5

GPS: Unknown

Last updated – 04/01/2017

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Like the Pothole Cascades on Cove Creek, the Rockslide on Cove Creek isn’t one you would go out of the way to visit but if you’re going to hike to the Waterfall on Cove Creek, these smaller waterfalls are worth a look. This is the second waterfall you’ll encounter on the hike and it only takes you a short distance out of the way. There is no scramble to get to this slide with a nice pool at the base. When the road intersects the blue blazed Caney Bottom Loop trail, stay on the road, following it through the first group camp site. On the right after you pass through the campsite there is a short trail that leads on this waterfall. The total distance to do all four waterfalls in one loop hike is about four miles. If doing an out and back for this one, it’s 1.4 of a mile.

From the intersection of US64/US276/NC280 in Brevard, follow US276 5.3 miles to the split with FR475. Make the left onto 475 and follow it 3.2  miles. There is a parking area on the left just before the road turns to gravel. The lot will fill up and it isn’t uncommon to have to park on the side of 475. Across 475 from the parking area is a gated road to the group camp area. Walk around the gate and follow the road towards the group camp areas. The road passed through Cove Creek but you can take a side trail to the right to avoid getting your feet wet. The waterfall is less than 0.75 of a mile after crossing the creek.

The hike is kid friendly as is the waterfall. The pool in front is shallow and there is very little current. Setting up in the clearing provides a great vantage for this waterfall and the collection pool in front of it. There is a lot of growth around the falls so it gives it the appearance of being more isolated.

The collection pool at the Rockslide on Cove Creek
The Rockslide on Cove Creek