Builder: The Coves Mountain River Club
State: north carolina
City: Blowing Rock
Address: 2002 Johns Ridge Parkway Lenoir NC
Phone: (828) 754-0700
Community Size: 100 - 999 Units
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The Coves Mountain River Club is a gated mountain community with five miles of frontage along the Johns River. Amenities include a mountaintop lodge with stunning views of Table Rock Mountain, Grandfather Mountain and Blowing Rock. The two story rustic lodge has an infinity edge saline swimming pool, hot tub, and well appointed fitness center.  Round Mountain Ranch is the community’s full service equestrian center. With 39 miles of hiking, biking and horse trails, four cascading waterfalls and two community gardens, residents rarely leave. Here families play together and care for one another in the good old fashioned way. If you’ve wanted a sense of belonging, you will find at and more at The Coves.

About Our Community

The Johns River

Living along the river is peaceful and slows life down to a more comfortable pace. With over 5 miles of frontage on the Johns River connecting to Wilson Creek, the good life comes more into focus at The Coves Mountain River Club. While sitting along the river, folks can still see locals panning for gold like they did decades ago. A perfect irony for the gold mine of beauty that exists at The Coves. The river is refreshing with temperatures average a cool crisp 50 degrees.

The crystal clear water originates from Grandfather Mountain. It flows down through the mountains and through Wilson Creek, one of the best fly fishing streams in North Carolina. Wilson Creek connects to the Johns River. Rainbow and brown trout, small mouth bass and catfish are commonly caught in the mountain-fed rivers.

Pisgah Mountain Lodge

After a day splashing in the river, residents retreat to Pisgah Mountain Lodge at the community’s summit where the eagles soar. It’s the perfect place to take in the majesty of the hundred mile views as the sun sets behind Grandfather Mountain. The timeless moment that makes sipping hot chocolate on the veranda that much sweeter overlooking the community’s infinity edge saline swimming pool.

The top level of our lodge has floor to ceiling glass with a large entertaining kitchen, great room and cozy lending library. It is a quiet place to read by the fire, enjoy a glass of wine on the porch, gather with family or attend a social club event. The lower level of the lodge with expansive windows includes a state-of-the art fitness center with cardio and weight equipment, locker room, showers, fitness class area and game room equip with Foosball, pool and Ping-Pong tables.

39 Miles of Hiking, Biking and Horse Trails

In a perfect world, groomed hiking trails are found right within a neighborhood. Mission accomplished! The Coves Mountain River Club strives for perfection in every way and has completed 39 of more than 50 miles of hiking trails planned. With 3,600 acres ranging from 1,040 to 1,700 feet in elevation, trail difficulty ranges from flat easy hikes along the Johns River to more strenuous climbs up to Davis Knob in our gated community.

Four Cascading Waterfalls

Grandfather Gorge Falls – 50 foot triple tier waterfall over large boulders plunging into a pool

Mila Cascading Falls – easy access, dramatic stairway-like waterfall into the Johns River at Mila Park

Highland River Falls – easy access, tumbles down a mountain hollow into the Johns River

Penelope Cascading Falls – 40 foot layered waterfall with splash areas, easy access near the Coves River Park

Two Community Gardens

Evelyn’s Vineyard and Isabel’s Garden share the shoreline of the Johns River and is where residents come to harvest and picnic in the sun. It’s the place to listen to waterfalls and spend the day exploring miles of hiking trails just above Round Mountain Ranch, the community’s full service equestrian center.

The Coves is more than a neighborhood. It’s a community of friends who appreciate the grandeur of its location. Here families play together and care for one another in the good old fashioned way. If you’ve wanted a sense of belonging, you will find it and more at The Coves.

Round Mountain Ranch

For more than 9 years, Equestrian Director Mona Houston, has provided the full equine experience to our residents in our equestrian community. The eight stall red barn along the Johns River is where it all began. With room to grow to 20 stalls, our equestrian center has high vaulted ceilings, padded barn flooring, a tack room, wash-down stall and 15 acres of pasture.

Residents have the option of full-time or part-time boarding. With 13 miles of ‘horse friendly’ trails, riders never have to leave our equestrian community for a scenic ride.

Proximity to Modern Conveniences

Perfectly positioned in the foothills away from the harsh winters and busy metropolitan cities, The Coves Mountain River Club is located just over an hour’s drive from Charlotte or Asheville and less than 30 minutes from Blowing Rock or Morganton.

Residence Types

  • Waterfront
  • New Urban
  • Gated
  • All ages
  • Single family homes
  • Log Cabins
  • Cottages

Community Facts

Owner: The Coves Mountain River Club
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  • Trails for Walking or Biking
  • Spa or Sauna
  • Pet Friendly
  • Library
  • Green/Sustainable Certification
  • Firepit
  • Community Center
  • Card Games or Bridge
  • BBQ/Grilling Area
  • Tennis
  • Social Events Planned
  • Nature Preserve
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Garden for Community
  • Equestrian
  • Clubs
  • Boat or Kayak launch
  • Swimming Pool - Saltwater
  • Picnic Area
  • Lifestyle/Activity Director
  • High-speed Internet/WIFI
  • Fitness Center
  • Dog Park
  • Clubhouse
  • Billiards Room

Pricing and Other Details

Panoramic View Homesites starting at $79,900

One of the most coveted type of homesite is one with long range mountain views. With a westerly view, these type of home sites have a 70 mile + long range views of Table Rock, Grandfather Mountain, Adams Knob and of Blowing Rock.

River Access Homesites starting at $39,900

Homesites may be on a bluff overlooking the river or have trail access providing a short walk to the river and river amenities. Streets in the community have a trailhead providing a short nature stroll down to the riverside amenities.

Who to Contact for more Information

Thank you for your interest in our gated mountain and river community. The Coves is more than a neighborhood. It’s a community of friends who appreciate the grandeur of its location in the foothills. Here families play together and care for one another in the good old fashioned way. If you’ve wanted a sense of belonging, you will find it and more at The Coves Mountain River Club.

Call our Welcome Center at 828.754.0700 for more information and to schedule a visit or write


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