With the many acres of scenic woodlands, the park includes four lakes, a swimming beach, a 47 room resort inn and restaurant complex, cabins, group lodge, camping areas, picnicking sites, playgrounds, a ball field, a regulation pistol firing range, picturesque hiking trails, a wrangler camp, 250 miles of horse riding trails, a park store, and archery range. Located at I-40, exit 116, this area is composed of a State Park, State Forest and a WMA with a total of 48,000 acres. The Tennessee Division of State Parks, Tennessee Division of Forestry and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency share administration of this area.
Lovely loop around Cub Lake with changes in scenery to keep things interesting. Crosses through the recreation and cabin areas where it can be a little tricky to find where the trail picks up again. There are also 3 splits to continue onto other sections of the 30-mile Red Leaves Trail which winds throughout the park/state forest.
This is a nice casual hike on gently rolling terrain alongside Pin Oak Lake. Depending on which map or sign you consult, it's between 2.5 and 3.5 miles. It starts at the parking lot next to the villas and turns around at a picnic area with a large shelter and bathrooms, near the entrance to the Boy Scout campground. Very quiet and pretty area.
This easy 1-mile loop is adjacent to a picnic pull-off. It takes you down a hillside scarred with deep gullies formed due to poor land management prior to the park's establishment. Also, there are two steep staircases built into the big gully for further exploring - the stairs nearest to the picnic area need maintenance though so be cautious.
This is one of the nicest and prettiest trails to hike in TN. The trail offers several unique small bridges to walk on along with wetland close to the trail. For about half the trail you have a view of cub creek and the other half is through the forest. We saw various ferns and wildlife throughout. Highly recommend if you have the time to hike it!
I really like this hike at Cub Creek lake area. I live nearby and hike it several times a year. The trails are maintained pretty well. Trails are marked and easy to follow. I hike from the park store to the back side of the lake and back to the store. Be aware of where your stepping I have walked up on a few snakes this year.
A good long trail, but needs major maintenance. The last half of the trail had a lot of downed trees in the way still, and the one part of the trail to take to get to the cabins and cross the lake on the bridge is not well marked. I missed it and got sent way of course. Moderate terrain with some nice small hill climbs, not a bad hike overall, would do it again. Tried to find the cache there, but think it needs maintenance as well, to much windfall damage in it's area.
Larry P. on Natchez Trace State Park and Forest...
Hiked into the park but you have to watch out for people's horses on some trails. Blazes weren't marked properly
but had a good time.