Pioneer Short Loop / Pioneer Trail

EASY 10 reviews

Pioneer Short Loop / Pioneer Trail is a 2.6 mile loop trail located near Crossville, TN. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and walking.

2.6 miles 188 feet Loop

kid friendly

hiking

walking

hiking
5 months ago

Enjoyable stroll around the lake - easy walk with no notable changes in elevation. Not the most scenic trail and narrow in spots but clearly marked and quiet even on the weekends. Good for dogs who can get water from nearly every point on the trail.

hiking
5 months ago

went with the church youth group. Good for an afternoon hike. Not the most scenic trail I've hiked, but good for groups with varying experience or for a casual hike.

hiking
1 year ago

The Pioneer Loop was a very enjoyable hike. It was very quite and serene. The trail was beautiful, but there were no amazing views. Of course, in late October the trees were amazing. Most of the hike was close to the water. The first part of the trail has many roots and rocks. We will hike again.

hiking
1 year ago

Nice, scenic trail around Byrd Lake and its tributary streams. I would rate this moderate, rather than easy because of the roughness of the trails. They are really well maintained, but they have lots of twisty roots and rocks throughout the trail. That's part of what makes it fun, but if someone sees "Easy" and starts out in street shoes and thinks it will be like walking a city sidewalk, they would be mistaken. With that caveat, loved this hike. We went the whole 6+ miles, but the short loop cuts the hike pretty much in half, so if you are fading or this was not the easy jaunt you expected you can loop back (crossing the maybe 100 foot swinging bridge) or you can turn around and enjoy the hike back overlooking the lake. Didn't see any wildlife except for the ubiquitous squirrels and several Mallard ducks. Great fall colors and temps in low 70s made for a great few hours.

hiking
1 year ago

We did the 5 mile trail with a 5 and 7 year old. Well kept trails. Good hike.

hiking
1 year ago

good trail took a few wrong turns and made a 5.5 mile hike a 7.05 mile hike... human error aside it is a beautiful hike with a swinging bridge and a relaxing water fall and a blissful river

1 year ago

Hiked this trail with my boys. It was a nice long hike, lots of beautiful scenery. a few places to stop and rest or eat. we will hike this one again.

hiking
2 years ago

Hiked the short loop section of the trail with the kids. The side of the trail on the restaurant-side of the lake is very narrow and grown in and not much to see. After crossing the suspension bridge, the opposite side is fantastic with lots of places for the kids to explore and climb and several small waterfalls.

hiking
2 years ago

It is a 5.55 round trip if you do the Pioneer regular trail, but only 2 miles if you do the Short loop. The Long loop is spectacular if you have the time to go on it. The trail takes you to a beautiful, almost 100 year old stone arch single bridge (Deep Draw) and to many caves/ bluffs that could have once housed Native Americans. It also takes you to "Fat Man's Squeeze" which is a pretty interesting rock formation. On the way back, do not cross back over the swinging bridge but keep going on the trail, and you will pass beautiful creeks and a mini-waterfall if the water is at a good level. Trail is perfect for dogs!

hiking
5 years ago

The Pioneer short loop is only 2 miles and crosses a pretty neat suspension bridge. The Long Loop adds another 3 miles and is what makes the hike even worth doing. There are nice views of the creek (with a couple of creek crossings), and interesting rock formations. The trail is mostly flat and would be good for beginners.