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#22 of 433 state parks in Tennessee

Best trails in Cove Lake State Park

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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.
Description

Cove Lake sits in a beautiful mountain valley east of the Cumberland Plateau. Visitors will be pleasantly surprised with the diversity of wetlands, woodlands, and wildlife. A perfect setting for any nature enthusiast. Other park activities include fishing, bike trails and picnicking. The park has campsites and large picnic pavilions available for rent. Hikers can enjoy 11-miles of trails that connect Cove Lake State Park with Tank Springs in LaFollette.

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Map of trails in Cove Lake State Park
Park information
Acreage:
606 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Contact
423-566-9701
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Top trails (5)
#1 - Devil's Racetrack
Cove Lake State Park
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 3 h 18 m
Users have reported that this trail runs close to a highway for a majority of the trail, so you can hear it the whole time.Show more
#2 - Cumberland Trail Volunteer Loop to Tank Springs
Cove Lake State Park
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Length: 10.6 mi • Est. 6 h
This is a year round hike but best enjoyed in the fall and early spring. There are many wild flowers and plants to be discovered but unfortunately " poison ivy" in warm weather months.The trail is well blazed and double blazed at turns.Follow CT signs to begin hike at .50 mi go left under the RR bridge and start your ascend to the top of Cumberland Mtn. Once you reach the crest you will literally walk along on top of the mountain range for about 60% of the trail. GPS users be sure to get the waypoints for the cache hidden at a very unique rock formation.There are many rock walls and at 3 mi there is a natural opening called Window Rock with a great view.At the halfway point at 6.2 mi the Eagle Rock lookout is a great place for lunch with a view.At the 8.7 mi the trail will descend down but continue straight for Devils Racetrack that provides more valley views.Backtrack to descend to Bruce's Creek triple falls.Follow trail to Bruce Creek Road parking lot.Show more
#3 - Cove Lake Paved Walking Trails Loop
Cove Lake State Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 17 m
#4 - Cove Lake
Cove Lake State Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 50 m
#5 - Woods Loop Trail
Cove Lake State Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 36 m