Buggytop Trail to Lost Cove Cave

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South Cumberland State Park

Buggytop Trail to Lost Cove Cave is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sherwood, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 921 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

over grown

rocky

washed out

This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closures

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muddy
rocky
7 days ago

Absolutely loved this trail! Due to all the rain it was VERY muddy, but the hike was worth the views! We clocked 4.16 miles when adding on the “Peter” portion. That goes to the caves, which are closed until 6/1/2020, but the overlook and the clearing next to the two caves are still beautiful. Will definitely be going back!

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muddy
rocky
scramble
17 days ago

Went after rain, very slick. Cave is closed due to June 1st.

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muddy
rocky
22 days ago

It’s way worth it!!!

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muddy
rocky
25 days ago

Overall a very nice trail. The final descent is very rocky and harder to go down than it is to come back up. It had rained for about an hour 5-6 hours before we arrived which made everything a little more slippery than otherwise normal I'm sure. Make sure to wear boots with good tread for sure. I took a 10 and 9 year old and they had no problem with any parts of the trail.

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rocky
29 days ago

This trail has such a beautiful ending. The trail is laid out nicely however it is Rocky so be sure to have good tread on your boots! The last leg going down to cave is pretty bad, strait down extremely thin and Rocky but it was so worth it. Stunning cave and roaring water, such an amazing sight!

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Loved it, very good experience. Took a 4, 6, and 1 year old in kangaroo carrier. Definitely “felt” longer than 4 miles. It was pretty steep down to cave but very awesome. It had rained a few days prior so some strips in the center of trail were fluffed with mud. I recommend pants I saw lots of poison ivy and oak. Also had many hitchhiking ticks. Very worth it though!

1 month ago

love the water running

hiking
1 month ago

It was so nice. Some mild climbing on rocks. Clear paths. Beautiful.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this hike. Took my 7 & 4 year old and they killed it. Moderate hike even for those with experience. Take your time and soak it in. Incredible view.

2 months ago

great hike very peaceful

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

As the rocky and windy path goes deeper into the woods, the stresses of civilization slowly fade away. This trail embodies everything that I love about nature. The path itself is pretty; however, the real gift is the cave and creek. The natural landmarks along this trail are stunning. The isolation from society provides all guests a temporary haven from real life. I would highly recommend this stunning trail to anyone near and far! This is by far one of my local favorites.

Awesome trip in and out. At the split, you can go left to the overlook and top entrances to the cave (not advisable unless experienced in caving) or right down to the bottom and the creek (which was more like a set of rapids today). Go up into the cave. You can go up the embankment and come up at the top entrance (again, only if experienced). It’s a little strenuous in sections with some technical parts, but doable for most and very worth it. Be sure to stop to see the Sewanee Natural Bridge before or after this hike (ten minutes by car from the trailhead).

3 months ago

muddy at certain parts- great cardio workout- there was a lot of water flowing

Buggy top w dawn

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

Neat cave!

hiking
6 months ago

You're going to get your cardio !!

hiking
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

Always love this hike through buggytop entrance and out by peters entrance. The water was low but the leaves were great!

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail, amazing cave with breathtaking sights! Trail is moderately hard, it is marked very well but just before the decent to the cave the rocks you must go down can be dangerous if you aren’t using precaution. One of the prettiest places I’ve been too and we will definitely be back!

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over grown
6 months ago

This is one of the best kept secrets of South Cumberland State Park. The cave is stunning in its size, and not to mention a creek is flowing through it. Bring headlamps as it’s worth crawling into and checking out.

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

We had SO much fun on this hike! Definitely keep an eye on the white trail blaze because it gets confusing. The caves are so worth it even when you can’t go inside them!!!

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