Cove Lake State Park's 673 acres are situated in a beautiful mountain valley setting on the eastern edge of the Cumberland Mountains. There are scenic nature trails and bike trails leading through the open grasslands and woodlands. In the winter, several hundred Canada Geese make this lakeshore their feeding ground. Nearby is the Devil's Race Track whose steep pinnacle rock affords a panoramic view.

on Devil's Racetrack

19 days ago

Like others have said, the interstate being right next to the trail kinda took away some of the great things about this trail. Definitely had some awesome fun parts and some great rock sections. Overall a fun trail and worth the trip. Views at the waterfalls made it worth while.

Good trail. The trail head going up to the ridge was a little bit overgrown and not clearly marked. All in all it was a good trail. Considerably rocky so good shoes are recommended.

hiking
2 months ago

I underestimated this hike. We went in from the opposite end of Triple Falls, so we saw the Falls on the last part of our hike. The interstate noise is awful. I had read other reviews stating the same. But it isn’t a deterrent for the view once you reach the top. It’s gorgeous. We went in the beginning of August and it was really warm. Don’t forget to pack enough water (I quickly used up my 2L). All in all, really good hike. There is a lot of uphill once you get close to the top (duh) but it’s gradual and definitely possible. And for those of you who like to geocache, there are two on this trail.

trail running
2 months ago

Get spot right off the interstate for a quick run. Be sure to include the paved woods trail. That plus the lake portion is almost 3 miles.

Kind of meh for me... I did the Triple falls trail hike before this and didn’t realise it’s actually the last portion of this hike,so if you want the water falls and the view I’d suggest doing that instead.. apart from that not a bad little workout.Annoyingly it was a little overgrown with foliage and I kept running into mini spiderwebs so maybe bring a walking stick as an aid.Probably wouldn’t do it again.

Some nice waterfalls and good views at the top. I remember quite a bit of vandalism along the way. Nice walk if you can erase those parts. That is why I rate a three.

Excellent trail!! Lots of climbing and huge rock formations the entire way. Almost 1.5 moles towards the end the up hill battle ends. Great workout for the legs. If you are into rappelling, be sure to bring your gear. Lots of great places for it.

Interesting man made waterfalls—quite a feat of labor and engineering, wonderful overlook. The hike goes a way by the interstate which you have to get used to, and big chunk rock demands focus! But all in all, it’s a great hike.

hiking
7 months ago

This is a nice hike! If you just want to see the waterfalls and make it to the top of the racetrack, I suggest parking off of Shelton Hollow Road. The waterfalls are less than half a mile away from the pull off where you park. If you start at the official trailhead you hike alongside the interstate and the noise and smell is distracting.

was a hard trail but a lot of fun and full of great views.

8 months ago

Beautiful trail and lots to see. Great photo opportunities everywhere.

8 months ago

I love the park. A family destination for sure.

on Devil's Racetrack

hiking
8 months ago

Nice little hike through the woods. Waterfalls look like a scene out of Narnia when they’re snowy and frozen!

Pretty cool trail. The waterfalls look gnarly frozen.

Nice hike through the woods, it is by the interstate. we went after the fires and the top of the mountain was burnt pretty good. nice views and the waterfalls were cool

Great for getting out and experiencing nature.

hiking
10 months ago

next to the interstate so you get some noise pollution. I could see this being snaky in the summer. falls are worth seeing!

hiking
11 months ago

I would rank this trail Moderate to Hard. The trail runs beside the interstate highway and the highway sound is distracting. There was no trash on the trail today so it must have been cleaned up since the other reviews. I will go on this trail again.

hiking
11 months ago

Great day hike. Parked off Shelton Hollow Road to access trail. Lower section of trail seems to be a local hangout for nearby residents in the area judging by the liter. First 1/3 of hike features a creek and several waterfalls with some smaller climbing sections of rock steps. After crossing the bridge the remaining 2/3 is up the mountain. The elevation features a zig-zag up the side with a mix of stairs and rock steps. Payoff is the rock spine of the mountain with great views. Good place to stop for lunch! Overall up and back down took us 2 hours and 40 minutes. Has plenty of climbing to keep in mind.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The first part of the hike is a little dull, but after a mile or so, the beauty increases tremendously with several waterfalls, wildflowers, and a great overlook on top. It follows the Interstate, so you get that noice, but it doesn't take long to tune it out. The trail is a good workout,as well, but several areas have big loose rock, so care must be taken to avoid injury. It is a good hike overall!

hiking
Saturday, September 09, 2017

Do you like switchbacks?

The waterfalls below are the best part. They are really neat and you do feel like you’ve stumbled upon a magical cascade of spring water.

The interstate noise can be distracting and locals like to car camp so watch out for broken bottles.

Avoid hiking up from Cove Lake Park! Most maps show the trailhead as being close to Cove Lake....this section is terrible and dangerous.

There is a way to park much closer, basically at the falls. From there you can hike to the top of the ridge is you wish.

hiking
Sunday, September 03, 2017

Crossing the rocks was the toughest part. It was kinda scary. We didn't go back out the same way. Instead we walked back on the main road. The Falls was gorgeous but we didn't make it to the end. Worth doing at least once to see the falls.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

I've hiked this trail once all the way through, and the view at the top is beautiful. However, i've gone just to the waterfalls (Little Egypt) numerous times to jump, swim, and picnic! It's a fun little area! Id recommend this trail for sure!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

I hike often and am able to go on difficult hikes. This hike wasn't necessarily difficult (would be if you didn't hike often). Lots of snakes, spider webs in the middle of the trail constantly had to stop and knock those down to get passed. some people could easily get lost (follow white marks). After all the spiders, snakes, and walking through the thorn infested field, I didn't make it to waterfall/end, but I also fell twice. the waterfall is suppose to be amazing so if you can get passed the difficulties GO FOR IT.

hiking
Monday, August 14, 2017

My mother and I completed this hike yesterday, and I'm doing it again tomorrow with a friend. I really enjoyed the view from the rocks at the very top- it seems as if you can see it all. As others have mentioned, the interstate can be heard almost the entire time, but I wasn't really bothered by that. The waterfalls are beautiful and make a great photo or video (if you're interested in that). Also, you can see where the wildfires hit the area last fall as you get closer to the top. The terrain is quite rocky at times with many dips and hills, so it's not a great hike to try if you're not in condition. All in all, I really enjoyed it and will definitely be back.

hiking
Sunday, July 23, 2017

Cool trail. We went to the waterfall and back to the parking lot and it was 4.43 miles and took us almost 3 hours. We moved along pretty good. The four of us are in pretty good shape, but this is a tougher hike. There were a lot of ups and downs. I'd rate this more on the difficult side than moderate. Unfortunately, the highway is present on the majority of the hike. There were some cool sights on this hike though, such as the waterfall, the bridge over the creek, the huge 150-200 ft of rocks you must cross and the the huge 2-3 ft across cave/hole that we encountered. Enjoy!

mountain biking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Quiet Park.
Daughter was learning to ride her new bike, on paved trail.
The mountian backdrop is beautiful.

hiking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

interstate definite buzz kill but kudos to the men and women who built and maintain this slice through the wild. coming back the trail away from the creek at the Rock pile is hard to locate. and the trail across the Rock pile in general is not especially well marked. but otherwise Great hike!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Beautiful scenery. So big, not a crowded feel.

hiking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Only did a little over the first mile of the trail since we started late in the day. First waterfall was dried up but still a pretty hike. Definitely a moderate hike as there is some elevation to the hike.

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