Lost Cove


Uncle Johnny's Nolichucky Hostel


Established by John and Charlotte Shores in 1998. We provide a large range of accommodations, extensive shuttle service, hot showers, and secure (monitored) parking 68' from the Appalachian trail, in Erwin, Tennessee.

  Lost Cove

Latitude: 36.07083 Longitude: -82.4025

Lost Cove, located along the Nolichucky River in Western North Carolina, took its name from the location near the Tennessee and North Carolina border when surveyors were not sure to which state the community belonged. Lost Cove was reportedly settled shortly before the Civil War by Morgan Bailey. Lost Cove was a thriving Appalachian logging and farming community for about 100 years. The location and terrain of the community were difficult to navigate and when the railroad stopped making regular stops in the community, residents eventually had to leave Lost Cove. The last resident left the community in 1957.

The abandoned community of Lost Cove, NC is in the Poplar Gorge. Only a couple of intact houses remain now because several have been burned in the last few years.



Pictures above are from:
Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy

Lost Cove Trail: Length: 3.5 miles Rating: Moderate. This trail provides access to the deserted community of Lost Cove. Follow timber access road 5505 and the blue blazes. Watch for switchbacks. Directions: From Uncle Johnny's Hostel And Outfitters in Erwin, Tennessee. Take a right turn and go".8" of a mile and turn left onto Temple Hill Road. Go 3.5 miles and turn left onto 19W Then go 11.5 miles and turn left onto White Oaks Flats Road (NC1415). Now go,"1.1 mile"at which time the road forks three ways. Stay on the far left onto Flat Top Road "Forest Service Rd NC.278". Continue 2.1 miles up gravel road,just past gate on the right. Turn right into parking area by going straight up. This will be: N 36 03.243' / W 082 23. 177'