Explore the most popular hiking trails near Crossville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

12 days ago

This is a fun, easy hike that's especially good in the warmer months. Lots of rhododendron and other evergreens give it a "jungle" feel.

I liked this hike, looks like they started paving the first half mile or so but it’s a nice area for sure. Would definitely camp there

6 months ago

Very narrow path in places with lots of poison oak and sumac. Had to spend allot of time ducking due to overgrowth overhead. Ok hike if you're nearby but wouldn't travel here to hike it specifically. Average scenery.

6 months ago

A family favorite when we are in the area. We always do the shortcut loop bc the kids love the swinging bridge. Parts of the trail are very narrow and there is a ton of poison ivy and poison oak. Recommend socks and/or long pants.

7 months ago

Beautiful trail, lots of roots and rocks - watch your feet for sure! Gorgeous overhanging foliage, but would be super tight if you had a kiddo in a backpack. Would definitely try the longer trail (4 miles versus 2) next time.

If you want a hard workout on this trail, start up on Black Mtn trailhead, down the mtn, up Brady, down Brady. In other words, backward. To make it hard, don’t do as a shuttle hike. Rather, turn around and go up, down Brady and back up Black. Very doable on a spring day.

9 months 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.

9 months 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).

Good trail, swinging bridge and overlook rock are interesting. Good hike.

10 months 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.

Friday, December 29, 2017

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.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Easy stroll. Quiet. Lovely woods.

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

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

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

Saturday, November 26, 2016

it's a good one

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!

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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