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."