View – the Green River Cove Trail closely follows the Green River and offers continuous views of the river, both its calm, easy-flowing areas and its intense rapids.
Hike Profile – the out and back hike follows the Green River Cove Trail for part of its length, the turn around point is at the best view spot on the trail. It is a gentle climb upstream along the north side of the Green River and gains only 910 ft. of elevation making it one of the easiest trails. There are several points along the trail where informal side paths lead to the river’s edge where one can climb out on the large boulders at the edge of the river.
This hike can be extended by continuing on the Green River Cove trail until it ends some distance after the Pulliam Creek trail branches off to the right.
Trail Surface – smooth dirt with few if any obstacles. Taking a path down to the river’s edge can be wet and may require scrambling over or onto boulders.
Environment – the trail goes through open woods with tall trees and an abundance of wildflowers and grasses along the river corridor.
Navigation – from the trailhead the trail goes west on the north bank of the river. Not far from the trailhead, the Bluff Trail branches off to the right. The Green River Cove trail is quite easy to follow for the rest of the hike.
Directions to Trailhead – from I-26 south of Hendersonville take Exit 59. Turn left, away from Saluda, and very shortly turn left onto Green River Cove Rd. Drive 3.9 mi., through several hairpin curves, down towards the river, cross the bridge, and park on the right. The trailhead is across the road.