Byrd Lake Trail/Pioneer Short Loop at Cumberland Mountain State Park

Crossville, Tennessee 38558

Byrd Lake Trail/Pioneer Short Loop at Cumberland Mountain State Park

Byrd Lake Trail/Pioneer Short Loop at Cumberland Mountain State Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This is a gentle hike that takes the hiker around Byrd Lake and introduces the hiker to some of the main features of this Depression-era recreation area. At the same time, the hike gives an opportunity for wildlife viewing along the lakeshore, and other natural features can be enjoyed, including a small waterfall (in season), lots of large white pines and hemlock trees, and some nice rock features.

Cumberland Mountain State Park is a beautiful 1,720-acre park that was originally set aside around 1938 to provide recreation for the families of the Cumberland Homestead Project. This New Deal project was set up under the Subsistence Homesteads Act to provide support for local families struggling with the problems of the Great Depression, aggravated by the closing of several local coal mines."

Byrd Lake Trail/Pioneer Short Loop at Cumberland Mountain State Park Trip Reports

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9/30/2006
This trail is really easy. The hardest part was finding the trail head. On the bright side, we got to explore other parts of the park thanks to the terrible directions on where to park and finding the trailhead. It was much easier with the map from the Restaurant (they probably have it in the Visitors center too).

Parking: We ended up parking at the Visitors center. You can probably park closer to the trail head, but it turns out the visitor center is a great place to park if you want to add the Byrd Lake Trail to the end of the Pioneer Trail hike.
Trail head: Take the road past the restaurant. The trail head is near where the paddle boats are at.

The short loop is blazed white, the long loop green, and Byrd Lake was blazed orange. The long loop has a few spots where it looks like there is a trail there, so look for those green blazes. All the trails were practically flat. There are some neat rock formations on the long loop that you will miss if you only do the short loop. Most people seemed to be doing just the short loop. We only encountered two other groups on the long loop part. Good hike to do if you're near the area, but probably not worth a drive of over an hour.
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Trail Information

Crossville
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
3
Distance
50 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
1,750 feet
Trailhead Elevation
feet
Top Elevation
Cumberland Mountain State Park, 24 Office Dr., Crossville, TN 38555; (931) 484-6138
Local Contacts
USGS quad 109NE, Crossville
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