Pioneer Trail

EASY 42 reviews

Pioneer Trail is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Crossville, Tennessee that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
318 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

lake

hiking
9 days ago

Pretty trail, for the most part. Still has some things that need to be cleaned up from the ice storm a few years ago.

15 days ago

I loved this park. The trails are clear enough to do a longer hike and roll up and down a bit. There is a gorgeous view to the river, lake and water. It is very peaceful. I would highly recommend staying on the side away from the main road or you will wind up walking along the busy road for a stretch. I think it is the blue and yellow trails that are along the road for a while. Otherwise the scenery is idyllic and it was not busy at all when my dog and I hiked here. The few people we encountered were very kind and lovely. I loved this place! ( don’t let the drive TO the park deter you from going, the surrounding areas leave quite a bit to be desired).

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1 month ago

I enjoyed the walk a great deal. Flurries this morning gave a nice dusting to the trail and the scenery. Lots of geese on the lake.

3 months ago

First this review is from the perspective of a ametaur landscape photographer looking good places for photography. Pioneer Trail was an easy hike that many people will enjoy, but there's really nothing special about the terrain that would recommend it as a "stand out" location for photography.

It's not the trail is ugly, it's just that you can find similar terrain in just about any woodlands east of the Mississippi. There's no special or standout location.

If you live close to Crossville, TN then by all means go. If you're making a special trip or coming from a long distance to do landscape photography , you'd be better off spending the extra time going to the Blue Ridge Parkway or Smoky Mountains.

4 months ago

Easy stroll. Quiet. Lovely woods.

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Sunday, March 05, 2017

Quiet. Well marked. Although would probably rate it more of a moderate than easy hike. Not because of elevation or difficulty, but there are extremely slick, large and loose rock throughout mixed in with the roots and stumps. The trail is very narrow too. Not much room when passing others with pets or trail runners. But still, very pretty and peaceful. Would recommend it and would do it again.

Monday, January 23, 2017

easy trail for our little pup

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Sunday, July 03, 2016

Enjoyable stroll around the lake - easy walk with no notable changes in elevation. Not the most scenic trail and narrow in spots but clearly marked and quiet even on the weekends. Good for dogs who can get water from nearly every point on the trail.

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Monday, June 06, 2016

went with the church youth group. Good for an afternoon hike. Not the most scenic trail I've hiked, but good for groups with varying experience or for a casual hike.

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Pioneer Loop was a very enjoyable hike. It was very quite and serene. The trail was beautiful, but there were no amazing views. Of course, in late October the trees were amazing. Most of the hike was close to the water. The first part of the trail has many roots and rocks. We will hike again.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Nice, scenic trail around Byrd Lake and its tributary streams. I would rate this moderate, rather than easy because of the roughness of the trails. They are really well maintained, but they have lots of twisty roots and rocks throughout the trail. That's part of what makes it fun, but if someone sees "Easy" and starts out in street shoes and thinks it will be like walking a city sidewalk, they would be mistaken. With that caveat, loved this hike. We went the whole 6+ miles, but the short loop cuts the hike pretty much in half, so if you are fading or this was not the easy jaunt you expected you can loop back (crossing the maybe 100 foot swinging bridge) or you can turn around and enjoy the hike back overlooking the lake. Didn't see any wildlife except for the ubiquitous squirrels and several Mallard ducks. Great fall colors and temps in low 70s made for a great few hours.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

We did the 5 mile trail with a 5 and 7 year old. Well kept trails. Good hike.

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Monday, June 01, 2015

good trail took a few wrong turns and made a 5.5 mile hike a 7.05 mile hike... human error aside it is a beautiful hike with a swinging bridge and a relaxing water fall and a blissful river

Monday, June 01, 2015

Hiked this trail with my boys. It was a nice long hike, lots of beautiful scenery. a few places to stop and rest or eat. we will hike this one again.

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Hiked the short loop section of the trail with the kids. The side of the trail on the restaurant-side of the lake is very narrow and grown in and not much to see. After crossing the suspension bridge, the opposite side is fantastic with lots of places for the kids to explore and climb and several small waterfalls.

hiking
Saturday, March 01, 2014

It is a 5.55 round trip if you do the Pioneer regular trail, but only 2 miles if you do the Short loop. The Long loop is spectacular if you have the time to go on it. The trail takes you to a beautiful, almost 100 year old stone arch single bridge (Deep Draw) and to many caves/ bluffs that could have once housed Native Americans. It also takes you to "Fat Man's Squeeze" which is a pretty interesting rock formation. On the way back, do not cross back over the swinging bridge but keep going on the trail, and you will pass beautiful creeks and a mini-waterfall if the water is at a good level. Trail is perfect for dogs!

hiking
Sunday, December 04, 2011

The Pioneer short loop is only 2 miles and crosses a pretty neat suspension bridge. The Long Loop adds another 3 miles and is what makes the hike even worth doing. There are nice views of the creek (with a couple of creek crossings), and interesting rock formations. The trail is mostly flat and would be good for beginners.

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