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Pisgah National Forest Andy Cove

Andy Cove TRACK Trail map

The Pisgah National Forest’s Andy Cove TRACK Trail is located at the Pisgah Ranger District Ranger Station / Visitor Center (1600 Pisgah Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768). With its canopy boardwalk, swinging bridge, stream with several bridged crossings and four different self-guided adventures, this 0.75 mile loop trail is perfect for kids. The Andy Cove TRACK Trail trailhead can be found at the junction of the main and overflow parking areas just outside the Pisgah Ranger Station / Visitor Center.

The Pisgah District is a mecca for vacationers, naturalists and adventurers, offering a wide range of options for your recreating pleasure. Just to mention a few, there's hiking and back-packing, camping, fishing, biking, horse-back riding, swimming, rock-climbing, car-touring, waterfalls, wildlife, historical areas, and a variety of special programs to choose from, including everything from lectures to guided hikes and square dancing. The main season runs from Memorial Day weekend through the change of the leaves in November. Our mild southern climate means that most areas are accessible year-round, although since elevations go up to over 6000 feet, there is a high degree of variability to the weather. Summertime daily temperatures average in the 80's in the lower elevations to the 70's to near 80 on the ridges along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Andy Cove TRACK  Trail sticker

Location Details

Recreational Features: Mountain Bike Trails, Canoe / Kayak, Camping, Picnic Tables, Fishing
Amenities: Restrooms, Nature Center, Visitor Center, Gift Shop
ADA Compliant: No
Seasonality: Open all year
Bridge
Pisgah National Forest Visitor Center and Ranger Station
Young boy on bridge
Millipede on the ground
Bridge
Young girl in creek
caterpillar on leaf

Adventures for Pisgah National Forest Andy Cove

Pisgah National Forest: Birds of the Blue Ridge brochure
Hiking

Pisgah National Forest: Birds of the Blue Ridge

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
0.75
The Birds of the Blue Ridge Mountains brochure is an illustrated field guide containing some of the more common birds found along the trail. Each illustration contains the bird's common name, Latin name and phonetic spelling of their call. Having trouble locating birds? Use the back panel illustration to identify their preferred location within the forest.
Hiking

Nature's Hide & Seek

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
0.75
The Nature's Hide & Seek brochure is designed so that kids of all ages can walk along the trail and discover common things that are often overlooked in nature. Some of them are hard to find, others are easy. Best of all, the adventure never ends because every time you walk the trail you will discover new things hiding in nature.
Hiking

Nature's Relationships

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
0.75
In the Nature's Relationships brochure you will discover how everything in nature is connected... even us. As you walk along the trail, the brochure will tell you a story about a few of the relationships that can be found. Many more relationships exist, so keep your eyes and heart open and you will discover many of nature's relationships - even yours.
Pisgah National Forest: The Need For Trees brochure
Hiking

Pisgah National Forest: The Need For Trees

Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail length:
0.75
By following the picture and textual clues found in "The Need for Trees" brochure, you will discover six of the more common trees found in Pisgah National Forest. During your adventure, you will learn about the need we, and other animals, have for trees and about the roles they play in the forest.

Directions

1600 Pisgah Hwy
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
Latitude: 35.284404300000
Longitude: -82.726888000000

From Asheville
1. Take I-40 to exit 46A (I-26 East toward Hendersonville).
2. From I-26E take exit 40 (Asheville Airport & Brevard).
3. Turn right at end of exit ramp onto highway 280 West.
4. Once on Hwy 280 drive approximately 17 miles.
5. At the traffic light in Pisgah Forest (Pizza Hut & Wal-Mart), Hwy 280 will intersect with Hwy 276 & Hwy 64. At this intersection turn right onto Hwy 276 North.
6. Drive 1.5 miles to the Pisgah Ranger Station / Visitor Center on right.
The Andy Cove TRACK Trail trailhead is located in the junction between the main and the overflow parking areas.

From Hendersonville
1. Take I-26 to exit 49B onto Hwy 64 West.
2. Drive approximately 18 miles until Hwy 64 intersects with Hwy 280 & Hwy 276. At this intersection, continue straight onto Hwy 276 (by Pizza Hut).
3. Drive 1.5 miles to the Pisgah Ranger Station / Visitor Center on right.
The Andy Cove TRACK Trail trailhead is located in the junction between the main and the overflow parking areas.

From Downtown Brevard
1. Head east away from the downtown area towards Brevard College, Ingles, Lowes and Walmart on Hwy 64.
2. Drive approximately 3-4 miles to the intersection of Hwy 276 & Hwy 280. At this intersection turn left onto Hwy 276 North (by Pizza Hut).
3. Drive 1.5 miles to the Pisgah Ranger Station / Visitor Center on right.
The Andy Cove TRACK Trail trailhead is located in the junction between the main and the overflow parking areas.

To the Blue Ridge Parkway
1. Exit the ranger station and turn right onto Hwy 276 North. Continue driving up Hwy 276 North 12.5 miles to the junction with the Blue Ridge Parkway.

GPS Directions:
1600 Pisgah Hwy Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

Partners

The TRACK Trail program is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

This Pisgah National Forest Andy Cove TRACK Trail was made possible through a partnership formed with the Pisgah National Forest with grant funds provided by the National Park Foundation and the Appalachian Regional Commission.