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Cumberland Trail Volunteer Loop to Tank Springs

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Cove Lake State Park

Cumberland Trail Volunteer Loop to Tank Springs is a 10.6 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near LaFollette, Tennessee that features a great forest setting and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 10.6 mi Elevation gain 2,562 ft Route type Point to Point

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Forest

Views

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Getting There

This is a year round hike but best enjoyed in the fall and early spring. There are many wild flowers and plants to be discovered but unfortunately " poison ivy" in warm weather months.The trail is well blazed and double blazed at turns.Follow CT signs to begin hike at .50 mi go left under the RR bridge and start your ascend to the top of Cumberland Mtn. Once you reach the crest you will literally walk along on top of the mountain range for about 60% of the trail. GPS users be sure to get the waypoints for the cache hidden at a very unique rock formation.There are many rock walls and at 3 mi there is a natural opening called Window Rock with a great view.At the halfway point at 6.2 mi the Eagle Rock lookout is a great place for lunch with a view.At the 8.7 mi the trail will descend down but continue straight for Devils Racetrack that provides more valley views.Backtrack to descend to Bruce's Creek triple falls.Follow trail to Bruce Creek Road parking lot.

Cove Lake 423-566-9701 CTC 931-456-6259

From Knoxville: I-75 North to exit 134 Directions to the Tank Springs Trailhead in Lafollette (north trailhead) - Traveling from Cove Lake State Park to Lafollette, turn left at traffic light #7 onto Tennessee Avenue. The Cumberland Trail Tank Springs Trailhead parking lot will be .5 miles on the left before crossing the Big Creek bridge. Directions to the CMS Southern Trailhead Access (south trailhead) - The Cumberland Mountain and Smoky Mtn. Segment Trailhead facility is located on Bruce CreekRoad on the backside of Cove Lake State Park in Caryville, TN. To reach the trailhead, take I-75 north to Caryville, exit 134, turn left after exiting, and wrap around til you pass a Shoney's. Continue .5 miles to the intersection of Bruce Gap Road (Butter and Egg). Turn right, pass under I-75 and cross over the Cove Creek Bridge to the parking lot. Pick up the trail at the backside of the paved lot.Park one car at the south trailhead then start at the north trailhead

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Daniel Worley
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Shonda Walsh
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Michelle Farrell
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Josh Burton
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I'd say the trail isn't perfect but its pretty good. if you walk from the spring in the beginning is an exciting challenge. All in all an awesome trail that I've been on way too much lol

Alicia & Mike Teubert
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Started at the Cove Lake end hoping to have lunch at Eagle Bluff. Lots of overgrown sections. Poles helped push some of it away, but not all. Some logs to scramble over (but completely doable). Three negatives really stood out: (1) the trail turns into an ATV path not far east of the powerlines, (2) the trail turns into a gravel road about .25 miles before Eagle Bluff, and (3) the entrance to the Eagle Bluff lookout has a "No trespassing" sign and is taped off. We headed back.

Daniel Worley
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Olivia Mansikka
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Lauren Payne
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This trail was okay... had some nice views and good difficulty level for me. Unfortunately, the trail was really overgrown and hard to find at points. The first part of the trail is a ATV trail so be prepared for hot rods making noice on the weekends.

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roger ellison
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Hiking

I am looking for someone familiar with this hike. I want to do the tank springs to Bruce Gap trail head once drier weather arrives. I live in Jacksboro...If anyone wanting and willing to be my hiking guide, lol, shoot me an email ( rogell2424@att.net)

Katelyn Claxton
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Beautiful views

John H
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Hiking

this is a good there and back trail. good for dogs. has a lot of water features and even some swimming. put in at cove lake trail head and follow the Cumberland Trail to Eagle Rock in Jacksboro. Trail is a little over 10 miles there and back.

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Carolyn Fellhoelter
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Hiking

Fun, adventurous hike! Lots of rock scrambling and great views!

John H
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This trail is full of great views as well as challenging terrain for seeking more than an easy hike.

Marilyn Place
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Good trail. The trail head going up to the ridge was a little bit overgrown and not clearly marked. All in all it was a good trail. Considerably rocky so good shoes are recommended.

Kyle Badgley
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Excellent trail!! Lots of climbing and huge rock formations the entire way. Almost 1.5 moles towards the end the up hill battle ends. Great workout for the legs. If you are into rappelling, be sure to bring your gear. Lots of great places for it.

John H
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Hiking

was a hard trail but a lot of fun and full of great views.

Cristina Allen
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Great for getting out and experiencing nature.

Derrick Beeler
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Went out this morning for a little while. it was raining and I wanted to test out a survival shelter I bought from REI.

Chris Alexander
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Was an extremely difficult hike in the heat. The end was great, but getting there was brutal that day. Trail was super overgrown, and at one point crosses a power line clearing where the trail disappears and we had to wade through blackberry thorns to finally find an old atv trail that took us to the actual trail. I’d do it again though under different conditions.

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