Overlooking the lost cove
The bowl of the Lost Cove is on the right. The triangle-shaped mountain just off the finger of rock is the one on the map below that's on the NC/TN border. The mountain off the left frame is Flattop Mountain. Just barely visible beside it is "No Business Knob" and Temple Mountain is beside that. Erwin and Uncle Johnny's is at the base of the range beside Temple Mountain.
The red point is the overlook at GPS: 36.0550086,-82.38624382
Butterfly field on way to Lost Cove overlook.
Rattlesnake on the ledge just below (10 feet) the overlook.
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.
This area is where bad things are hiding in the book I'm writing. I was collecting scene info on the hike.
Tom Deaderick at the Lost Cove Overlook.