Byrd Lake and Pioneer Short Loop Trail

EASY 23 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.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
255 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

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.

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
1 day 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

hiking
21 days ago

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2 months ago

4 months ago

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6 months ago

8 months ago

it's a good one

9 months ago

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!

10 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

Nice hike for most anyone to enjoy.

hiking
11 months ago

11 months ago

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

hiking
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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

hiking
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.

birding
Monday, December 28, 2015

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

hiking
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.

hiking
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

hiking
Monday, July 27, 2015

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

Sunday, February 16, 2014

hiking
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.