Tennessee State Parks

Cove Lake State Park

Activities

Swimming

The Cove Lake pool is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday from Memorial Day through late summer. The pool will be closed for the season after August 2nd (we will be open on the 2nd, but that will be the last operating day). 

Admission is $4 per person and $2 for camping guests. The Olympic-sized pool has a wading pool for children. 

Biking

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

Birding

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.

Fishing/Boating

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. Guests may bring their own electric trolling motors for use on park jon boats.

Personal canoes and kayaks are permitted; there is a $15.00 launch fee per day per vessel that must be paid at the park office before launching.

Hiking

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