The lake serves as a magnet for migrating birds. In the winter there are hundreds of geese and other waterfowl. There are piers, bridges and a tower along the paved trail to aid in seeing the birds. The Volunteer Loop Trail, accessed from the CT Trailhead, traverses a mature hardwood forest where many migratory birds can be seen in the spring and fall and many nesting birds can also be found.
Cove Lake (210 acre) provides a beautiful mountain valley setting on the eastern edge of the Cumberland Plateau and good habitat for bass, Bluegill, and crappie. The park rents jon boats year round. Personal canoes and kayaks are permitted. Guests may bring their own electric trolling motors for use on park jon boats.
The paved bike trail is great for beginners! The path meanders its way through the park and overlooks the lake.
Trail Length: 3.5 miles
Trail Rating: Beginner
Volunteer Loop — 1.2 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Paved Trail — 3.5 Miles — Paved Surface — Easy/ADA accessible
Beavers Workshop Trail — 1.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy