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Prentice Cooper State Forest Loop is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Signal Mountain, Tennessee that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.4 mi Elevation gain 639 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Walking

Running

Forest

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This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closures

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Robert Barber
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HikingRocky

Great trail. The trail to Mushroom is moderate but down to the creek is Moderate ++. The are next to the creek was great and open. Lots of spots for hammocks. Only saw one person after the mushroom rock.

Janet Countryman
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Hiking

AllTrails needs to work on their definition of "lightly traveled.." i ran across 30 people in 2.5 hours. beautiful hike. bring a trash bag with you.

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Matthew Mcamis
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Camping

Parking at Shackleford ridge county park for overnight (as far as I could tell, very little posting on this). Trail is well kept but forks often so if you want to go to the mushroom lookin rock follow the signs and the all trails map. Easy to moderate. Campsite next to the river, overall very nice

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yahoo Devins
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Scenic drivingClosed

Drove all the way out here 5/24/20 and its closed. What a bummer.

Bryan Skaggs
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My son and I went trail riding in mid March. It rained all day the day before so we were uncertain if my stock Jeep would handle the trails. I kept it in 4H and we had a absolute blast and had no trouble whatsoever. Met several new people along the trail. We will be coming back.

Michael McDonald
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HikingMuddy
Chris Alley
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HikingPrivate property

Nice easy hike to Mushroom Rock from Sam Powell Dr.

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Breanna Danielle
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Hiking

pretty fun trail. Can get Rocky and rooty in some spots but nothing good shoes couldn't handle. pretty decent width until mushroom rock and then the trail get more narrow and steep. but the bridge and Creek are worth it. Didn't go past the bridge as there was a trespassing signs posted but you can go across the bridge of you want a longer hike.

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Jenny McKee
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Hiking

There were sooooo many different trails only marked with paint blazes. You'd hike 200 ft and there'd be another fork in the trail. This happens constantly. Also, **BIG Pet Peeve** the locals don't seem to think that the dog-on-a-leash rule applies to them and my dog is still in training and doesn't do well with other trail dogs yet. When I'm having to hold 2 dogs from killing each other, that's how tragedy happens. So, PLEASE folks, keep your dog on a leash!!!!!

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Austin Pryor
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Hiking

Beautiful. I personally think it’s tougher getting from mushroom rock down to the river than coming back up. It’s physically tough coming back up, but you need to watch your feet going down. Well worth it if your looking at this hike.

Shannon Morgans
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Hiking

Lovely trail past Mushroom Rock and down what I think was the side of Signal Mtn to an awesome swinging bridge .....beautiful! The only problem was that the trail is poorly marked at what looks like the half way point on the loop. We followed what we thought was the trail only the gps tracker said we weren’t on the trail and we promptly were lost looking for a no longer existing or re-routed trail back up Signal. This part of the trail is more hard than moderate at least cardiovascular wise.

Kim Fowler
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Hiking

Lovely hike.

Kim Fowler
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My favorite trail. It is lovely and a moderate hike.

Chris K
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OHV/Off Road Driving

4wd needed and a small lift. very doable on utv and atv. beautiful scenery. well kept. hopefully people will not trash the roads as it is getting tough to find places to ride.

Shelby Dobbs
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Hiking

Great hike with gorgeous views

Hiking Diva .
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Unless you are backpacking, I don't recommend camping at Davis Pond. it is just an open field with an outhouse and a swampy area. If you can haul your stuff up the hill to the more secluded spots, then you can backpack into some of the nicers backcountry spots actually on the trail... I camped there once - a huge group of Boy Scouts joined. And then I was bitten by a Pit Bull... The road to the campsite is not for low-clearancr vehicles or ones that care about their suspension. and if it rains, it can be a challenge. There are some absolutely lovely campsites not far from the Snoopers Rock parking area, on the opposite side of the road. And definitely check about hunting season. you can search for the most updated ones online. But there are TONS of really cool trails to explore throughout P.C. and the Cumberland Trail. You can easily set up base camp at one of the backcountry sites and hike the network of trails.

Katrina Mazza
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Camping

We camped here last weekend. We chose not to do one of the trail campsites since we had so much gear and only four people to carry, so we went to Davis pond. Most of the main campsites were already taken, so we went off to the side....needless to say, the next 24 hours were more than eventful. A stray dog (that we ended up taking home) wandered up to stay the night with us, an a gentleman across the lake got bitten by a snake at 2 am, which we all rushed to. Even though the place was well maintained and very beautiful, I'm not sure I can go back after that.

Jeremy Mcguirt
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OHV/Off Road Driving

this is a awesome place to go fourwheeling. just call ahead of time to make sure there isn't game hunt going on.

Nick C
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Denise Kearns-Legoo
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Hiking
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Travis H.
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ek slaughter
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Hiking
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John Lindley
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OHV/Off Road Driving
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John Lindley
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Horseback riding
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The Cairn Chronicles
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Hiking
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Brent Stockburger
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Hiking
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Craig Baker
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Craig Baker
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Shannon Malanga
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Denise Kearns-Legoo
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