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.