Explore the most popular trails in Cove Lake State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

28 days ago

The falls are pretty neat to see, they are actually all man made. It was put in place to divert water away from the interstate. Parts of it make nice swimming holes. Continuing the hike up above the falls, the area has been burned out, so trails are badly erroded. Up on top, since the trees are burned out its very hot up on the rock. Cool view, kind of a dime a dozen view, but cool nevertheless.

2 months ago

part of the trail is near the interstate, if you want to skip that portion you can park on Shelton hollow lane and see the waterfalls and go directly to the top. the rest of the hike is rather unremarkable

3 months ago

Gorgeous Waterfalls!!

4 months ago

My husband and I parked at Shelton Hollow Lane. Make sure you don’t put it in apple maps took us to the wrong road ...google maps worked. We had our 2 dogs witch I was scared because it is really steep and they are only 6 months and a year but they loved it. I see what people are saying that the highway being right there but it still beautiful and definitely worth the trip. It’s not over crowded or anything it was beautiful and we had a blast

5 months ago

My fiancé, dog, and I did this hike the other day after work. It ended up being exactly 5.3 miles, but took us around 2.5 hours to complete. The first part of the hike is very disappointing because you hike along the interstate. However, once you hit the waterfalls, it becomes a beautiful hike. There is a parking lot somewhere that you can skip the first part along the interstate. The view is completely stunning! Definitely worth it!

5 months ago

I did this trail alone, because it isn’t child friendly. Straight climb up but so worth it with the view at the end. You can climb the rock and see for miles and miles!

I am looking for someone familiar with this hike. I want to do the tank springs to Bruce Gap trail head once drier weather arrives. I live in Jacksboro...If anyone wanting and willing to be my hiking guide, lol, shoot me an email ( rogell2424@att.net)

7 months ago

lotta highway noise hence the name. it has a good veiw at the end

this is a good there and back trail. good for dogs. has a lot of water features and even some swimming. put in at cove lake trail head and follow the Cumberland Trail to Eagle Rock in Jacksboro. Trail is a little over 10 miles there and back.

7 months ago

The actual overlook and waterfalls are not seen until the very end of the hike. The sound of the interstate can be very annoying but at times you can’t hear it. There are different parking locations to go straight to the waterfall and main overlook so you can skip the majority of the trail if you’d like. Overall not bad hike but not one I will be returning to.

8 months ago

Nice little walk in the woods!

This trail was nice. The moderate rating is fair. The view at the top was spectacular. We hiked in the fall and all the leaves were changing. The waterfall was also nice. My 4 star rating was due to the fact that you are hiking along a major interstate and the noise was not what we were looking for on a hike through the woods.

Fun, adventurous hike! Lots of rock scrambling and great views!

This trail is full of great views as well as challenging terrain for seeking more than an easy hike.

on Devil's Racetrack

11 months 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.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

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.

Friday, August 03, 2018

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.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

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.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

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.

Monday, February 19, 2018

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.

Friday, February 16, 2018

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.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

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

Sunday, January 21, 2018

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

Sunday, January 21, 2018

I love the park. A family destination for sure.

on Devil's Racetrack

Friday, January 19, 2018

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

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Pretty cool trail. The waterfalls look gnarly frozen.

Monday, November 27, 2017

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

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