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With the many acres of scenic woodlands, the park includes four lakes, a swimming beach, a 47 room resort inn and restaurant complex, cabins, group lodge, camping areas, picnicking sites, playgrounds, a ball field, a regulation pistol firing range, picturesque hiking trails, a wrangler camp, 250 miles of horse riding trails, a park store, and archery range. Located at I-40, exit 116, this area is composed of a State Park, State Forest and a WMA with a total of 48,000 acres. The Tennessee Division of State Parks, Tennessee Division of Forestry and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency share administration of this area.

A great winter day hike.

horseback riding
3 months ago

Enjoyed the trails on horses, but trails are poorly marked! You have no idea where you come out at and it would be helpful if they posted the mileage on the trail head markers. They need improvements.

This is a slightly improved game trail through the woods. Not much to see, beyond miles of a fairly recently logged hilly forest. Two very cool bridges about a mile in were the highlight.
Advise wearing long pants as most of the trial is narrow and briars are frequent. You'll also cross a power line cut a few times, and a couple of meadows, which are grown up with waist high grasses. It had been raining a bit when I went so there were a few spots to refill water, but I suspect they are dry more often than not.

5 months ago

Really enjoyed this trail. The ferns are gorgeous, and the little ones we hiked with felt as though they were frolicking through a fairy garden.

. .75 miles down orange trail you run into a swamp, maybe recent rain but we couldn’t find a way around. Turned back , nice trail well marked.

7 months ago

This is a very nice trail. it is wooded and shady. it is not strenuous or hard. I hiked it after some rains however it did not make it muddy.

I enjoyed the 6.2 mile hike around Cub where I camped Saturday night. The All Trails App worked well & accurately when I had cellular coverage. It showed that I only walked 1.7 Miles in 1 hr & 2 minutes when my Pedometer & map showed 6.2 Miles. It took me 2 hours & 38 minutes.

8 months ago

Great trail. Nice views

11 months ago

Very pretty with a variety of scenery. Easy. A little bit of an obstacle course feeling with bog “bridges” and log crossings over creeks. I wouldn’t go in summer with the swampy bits being a haven for biting bugs and snakes. Didn’t meet a soul...this park is back pretty far and very large. An overall pretty walk.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Trail isn’t marked at all. It’s essentially the trail the horses take for their trail ridding experience the park has. It was very flooded (granted it did rain a lot last night) and you ended up going completely off trail when you head out and miss a good 2-2.5 miles of the trail!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Great trail with mild elevation changes. The trail has several footbridges closed for washouts. According to park rangers the closures are just precautionary, as long as you don’t mind getting muddy you can go around the bridges, exercise caution and enjoy.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Nice trail. Good length. As of Nov 2017, several footbridges are closed, so you cannot do the entire loop. If you start from the lodge and go south first, the first bridge that is out is at about 3.5 miles in. The signs say the bridges are out “until further notice.”

Sunday, September 10, 2017

did not make it all the way around the lake. got to a certain spot and could not determine which way the trail was supposed to go. I believe there were trees down that blocked my path. I turned around and went back the way I came. was an ok hike but was definitely not 5 miles.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

For a beginner like me, this trail was awesome. Tree covered, lake access and beautiful wooded areas. Terrain is natural but very manageable. The ferns are awesome!

Friday, May 05, 2017

It's 5.8 miles, and very swampy the first 2.3 miles. Expect some mosquitos and gnats. The remainder was beautiful and fairly easy.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Beautiful trail but I wish they could keep horses off this hiking only trail. I had to make way for a large group of horses while there, always had to be on the lookout so as not to step in their leavings, and ran into a volunteer there in the middle of repairing a bridge broken by a horse.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Great short hike.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Very nice trail. Beautiful views of the lake as you make your way around it. Only issue is there are some swampy areas that have a foul smell. If you can ignore the smell, great trail without many steep elevation changes.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Lovely loop around Cub Lake with changes in scenery to keep things interesting. Crosses through the recreation and cabin areas where it can be a little tricky to find where the trail picks up again. There are also 3 splits to continue onto other sections of the 30-mile Red Leaves Trail which winds throughout the park/state forest.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

This is a nice casual hike on gently rolling terrain alongside Pin Oak Lake. Depending on which map or sign you consult, it's between 2.5 and 3.5 miles. It starts at the parking lot next to the villas and turns around at a picnic area with a large shelter and bathrooms, near the entrance to the Boy Scout campground. Very quiet and pretty area.

Monday, November 07, 2016

This easy 1-mile loop is adjacent to a picnic pull-off. It takes you down a hillside scarred with deep gullies formed due to poor land management prior to the park's establishment. Also, there are two steep staircases built into the big gully for further exploring - the stairs nearest to the picnic area need maintenance though so be cautious.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

This is one of the nicest and prettiest trails to hike in TN. The trail offers several unique small bridges to walk on along with wetland close to the trail. For about half the trail you have a view of cub creek and the other half is through the forest. We saw various ferns and wildlife throughout. Highly recommend if you have the time to hike it!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A wonderful day of hiking. Boards and bridges are set up in the lows and plenty of hills to hike. Saw plenty of wildlife and there were places to explore and rest.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Had a great time. Made a great one night trip. Can't wait to go again & get away!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

I really like this hike at Cub Creek lake area. I live nearby and hike it several times a year. The trails are maintained pretty well. Trails are marked and easy to follow. I hike from the park store to the back side of the lake and back to the store. Be aware of where your stepping I have walked up on a few snakes this year.

Monday, January 02, 2012

This is a small, short trail. The sign at the entrance said it is 1 mile. We went in winter. It was a nice walk through the woods, but lacks any special scenery.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A good long trail, but needs major maintenance. The last half of the trail had a lot of downed trees in the way still, and the one part of the trail to take to get to the cabins and cross the lake on the bridge is not well marked. I missed it and got sent way of course. Moderate terrain with some nice small hill climbs, not a bad hike overall, would do it again. Tried to find the cache there, but think it needs maintenance as well, to much windfall damage in it's area.

on Natchez Trace

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Hiked into the park but you have to watch out for people's horses on some trails. Blazes weren't marked properly
but had a good time.

16 days ago

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