Cove Branch Road

New Castle, Virginia (Craig County)

Last Updated: 01/12/2019
3 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Highlight: Cove Branch Road
Cove Branch Road is a short and easy trail leading down into Potts Mountain Cove. This unique and isolated cove is a designated special use area protecting it from any type of future development. Created by the activities of bears and beaver over millenia this remote mountain treasure is an excellent place to get away from the hectic world we live in. Surrounded on all sides by mountain ridges its easy to forget that modern day civilization exists when exploring this beautiful and natural getaway. The Cove Branch trickles it way through Potts Cove and is home to Virginias' wild and native Brook Trout. Many small clearings offer excellent places to camp or just relax and view the abundant flora and fauna. Surrounded by National Forest, Potts Cove truly is a hidden and very remote mountain top retreat.


Route Information

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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead to Cove Branch Road (FS 275) is located at its intersection with Sweet Springs Turnpike (FS 176).

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Newcasle

From Newcastle take route 311 north approximately 15 miles. At the top of Potts Mountain turn right onto Potts Mountain Road (FS 176). At the end of Potts Mountain Road (approximately 7 miles) turn right onto FS 176 (Sweet Springs Turnpike). After approximately 2 miles on the right is Cove Branch Road.



Trail Reviews (1)

Questions & Answers (2)

Q: Hi Tom- Are you going to add more trails in beautiful Craig County? I was just there today on route 311 and a little of Potts Mountain Road. What beautiful country. I was there mapping canoe/kayak access points on Potts and Dunlap Creeks.
–John Duke (08/23/2017)
–Thomas Darnall (01/20/2019)
Q: I think the GPS for the trailhead is wrong. It shows as in Turkey.
–Richard Goins (06/05/2017)
–Tracy Barker (06/07/2017)

Writer Information

Thomas Darnall

Mapping Crew - Virginia

Living on top of Potts Mountain in Craig County, Virginia I am very fortunate that the area I live in has lots of National Forest land to explore.
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