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.

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
25 days ago

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
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

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!

2 months ago

Beautiful scenery. So big, not a crowded feel.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

Went out this morning for a little while. it was raining and I wanted to test out a survival shelter I bought from REI.

3 months ago

It was a nice walk. Unfortunately for me, a lot of the trail was covered in water due to the large amount of rain.

hiking
4 months ago

Not for the faint of heart. That being said me and my 8 yr old completed the trek. There is a shorter route but what fun would that be.

I enjoyed this hike. It is a moderate climb in spots. This was my first hike in a while but with a couple of stops along the way I made it. Several other hikers on the trail. Beautiful waterfalls.