Byrd Lake and Pioneer Short Loop Trail

EASY 28 reviews

Byrd Lake and Pioneer Short Loop Trail is a 2.7 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, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.7 miles
187 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running




Public Notice as of Feb. 8: Byrd Lake Trail is CLOSED due to the construction of our ADA paved trail until further notice. This is a Recreational Trails Grant project. For more information please call the park office 931-484-6138.

4 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

Saturday, November 26, 2016

it's a good one

Friday, October 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!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

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

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Nice hike for most anyone to enjoy.

Monday, August 22, 2016

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

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

nice trail too many restrictions and people go up be yes co to see old Indian bluffs

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

I only covered a small section but it was gorgeous! The bridge beauty contrasts the natural beauty of the woods and water.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Great hike with kids. Toward the end kids were ready to be done but had a blast.

Friday, October 23, 2015

A quick note: There is no entry or use fee for Cumberland Mountain State Park. These trails are well maintained and very well marked with different color slash marks for the different trails.

This was quite an easy trail, but take note of reviewers' comments about ankle twisters. If you have a tendency to sprained ankles best hike wearing high tops. The rocks and roots don't detract from the scenery; just be careful. The view of the dam/bridge from below is fantastic and well worth the short, steep climb. Fall colors were showing off with a nice sunshiny day and temps about 70 degrees. I hike with forearm crutches and did not find the trail difficult. My phone malfunctioned so I couldn't record yesterday's hike, but we are doing a different hike at Cumberland Mountain State Park today and will get this one.

Monday, July 27, 2015

A great little walk through nature in Crossville, TN. Never too crowded.

Monday, January 20, 2014

There are 2 Byrd trails. One is Byrd Lake Trail, which is around Byrd Lake. The other one is Byrd Creek Trail. This one is starts off on the far side of the bridge, on the right, from the visitor center. This trail starts off with Cumberland Plateau trail for a 1/2 mile, and you will come to a kiosk with a map of the trails. If you go right, you will end up back at the bottom of the cumberland damn/bridge, which is just a short 1 mile hike. From the bottom of the bridge, it is a short but almost straight up climb.
If you want a longer hike, turn left at the kiosk and that will be the Byrd Creek Trail that takes you along the creek and then back to the visitor center. I did that hike and then went back and did the full 1 mile Cumberland Plateau Trail for a nice 3 mile hike.

Friday, July 05, 2013

Hiked 28th june and 3 rd july 2013, requested park service to remove waist high 10 inch log across trail behind cabins, nothing done on 3rd july. Trail good, flowers and restaurant is great.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Great little family trail. There is very little elevation, a few cool rocks and a neat little suspension bridge over the creek. All in all a good little leisurely hike to walk off the calories from the buffet

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

We didn't do the exact trails listed here. Instead we did the Byrd Creek to Cumberland Plateau Nature Trail. It was a total of 2.7 miles round trip. The scenery is wonderful. The smell, well considering Byrd Lake was down, meaning that the dam wasn't letting the lake into the creek, caused the creek to stand still. This of course means stagnant water. Other than that, it was a great trail. The distance wasn't overbearing, the elevation loss/gain is about 60-70ft. Great trail for a beginner. The footing on the trail is quite tricky in spots. Lots of roots and rocks, but only in certain portions. If you want more detail, you can check our post at tandrbird dot blogspot dot com/2010/09/its-byrd-its-creek dot html. Enjoy the hike.

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