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Getting lost in the legend of Lost Cove

by Keeli Parkey
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Becoming lost during a journey would be inconvenient for most. But when the local legend you are chasing is Lost Cove, getting “lost” might just be the best thing you can do.

It is believed by some that nowabandoned settlement of Lost Cove earned its name thanks to its location near the border of Western North Carolina and Northeast Tennessee. Because of its close proximity to the border, surveyors were not sure if Lost Cove was located in North Carolina or Tennessee.

Bob Pratt moved to Erwin from Florida in September 1999. Being an outdoor enthusiast, he took a local whitewater rafting trip during the spring of 2000. It was during this trip that he first learned of the legend that is Lost Cove. “Some hikers told me about this place,” Pratt
said. “I didn’t know anything about it.” The story of the settlement nestled in the mountains intrigued Pratt, and he soon began his search for information about Lost Cove.

For the remainder of this article please pick up the April 24, 2012 edition of the Erwin Record.