Byrd Lake and Pioneer Short Loop Trail

EASY 96 reviews

Byrd Lake and Pioneer Short Loop Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Crossville, Tennessee that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 173 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

lake

views

hiking
13 days ago

To do the short loop cross the swinging bridge about 1 mile into the wooded trail portion. If you continue straight you will complete the longer loop which is an added 3 miles. Awesome trail and only a moderate difficulty.

hiking
25 days ago

Easy & beautiful trail. However, once you are off the paved portion the tree roots can get you! Brought our dog & niece & had no problems.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Excellent and easy. Very well marked and nice and short. Beautiful in the fall!

hiking
1 month ago

short, pretty trail

hiking
2 months ago

This was a fun trail but was not 2.8 miles. It was closer to 6. The pioneer trail was gorgeous. Looked like we were waking in the jungle at times. We took the orange trail to the white trail (short pioneer trail. Then crossed over the swinging bridge and went in to the green trail. It was a bit confusing when the trail came to the highway. Finally thanks to the map on the app we figured out to turn left and cross over the bridge and then go back down on the left side of the road. It looks like you are going down to a culvert. They need better signage at this point. Finally when you get down off the road you see a green marker. This part of the trail was the best. So pretty! We followed the green trail back around to the swinging bridge. Then walked back over it a second time and turned right to complete the trail. We were going to do the yellow trail next but a sign warned against yellow jackets on the trail so we decided otherwise. I was pleasantly surprised by this trail. It was great!

The ADA portion is complete. The short pioneer trail is wonderful.

hiking
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

one of our favorite trails. mushrooms are poppin!!!

hiking
4 months ago

Loved this trail! Beautiful old trees and lively rock formations. we saw many frogs and turtles. We also saw a deer right off the trail. We hiked this with 6 boys all under three and under. They did great! Loved the swinging bridge.

hiking
4 months ago

AMAZING!!!!

hiking
4 months ago

Great short, casual trail. Lots of mushrooms, mossy rocks, pines, rhododendrons, and a beautiful suspension bridge. Really lush and green in July. Came to this park on the way back from higher altitude hikes and was pleasantly surprised.

hiking
4 months ago

Great family type trail , easy and scenic.

6 months ago

Fun trail!

hiking
over grown
7 months ago

Great easy trail when I am looking for a scenic stroll.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

great trail even better after the rains. streams runnin strong.

hiking
9 months ago

trail in great shape even after all the we've had. some trees down.

10 months ago

Beautiful, easy trail!

walking
Sat Sep 08 2018

I liked this hike, looks like they started paving the first half mile or so but it’s a nice area for sure. Would definitely camp there

hiking
Sat Mar 17 2018

Good trail, swinging bridge and overlook rock are interesting. Good hike.

Mon Oct 16 2017

Went on pioneer short loop trail. A nice hike around the lake with a swinging bridge. My 10 year old did well hiking it.

hiking
Sun Aug 20 2017

Fun short hike. A section of the trail on the east side of the lake between the auto bridge and foot bridge was closed for maintenance on 8/19/17

Sat Nov 26 2016

it's a good one

Fri Oct 28 2016

Trail is well-marked and mostly well-maintained, but there are some narrow places with slippery terrain (especially with autumn leaves on the ground). I've been on the trail a number of times with no problem, but a friend recently fell climbing over a dead tree in the path and broke her wrist. Be careful!

Sun Oct 16 2016

Nice short hike. Sunday morning this well-marked trail was not busy at all.

hiking
Sun Sep 04 2016

Nice hike for most anyone to enjoy.

Mon Aug 22 2016

Nice urban area to take a walk, better during the week

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