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I combined the Black Mountain CT trail and the first portion of the Byrd Mountain / Grassy Cove trail as an overlook-to-overlook hike. This formed a ~14-mile out-and-back, including boulder exploring and the Windless Cave spur. Black mountain has massive stone formations, a great overlook area, and a fairly gentle slope. Byrd mountain trail is a bit steeper but follows atv routes for the most part, and the overlook has a stunning, unobstructed eastward view of Grassy Cove and beyond. My app claimed 3800' total elevation gain but that seems off. Highly recommended.
Nate M. on Byrd Lake and Pioneer Short Loop Trail
it's a good one
Trail is well-marked and mostly well-maintained, but there are some narrow places with slippery terrain (especially with autumn leaves on the ground). I've been on the trail a number of times with no problem, but a friend recently fell climbing over a dead tree in the path and broke her wrist. Be careful!
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.
Janet K. on Byrd Lake and Pioneer Short Loop Trail
I only covered a small section but it was gorgeous! The bridge beauty contrasts the natural beauty of the woods and water.
Steep ascent from the Grassy Cove trailhead, but beautiful scenery of valleys below (winter viewing) upon arrival at the top. While trail is blazed (white), trail splits and intersections with nearby private property boundaries are not well marked or posted.