Cove Lake State Park is situated in a beautiful mountain valley setting on the eastern edge of the Cumberland Plateau. Scenic nature trails lead through a diversity of wetlands and woodlands offering wildlife viewing for the nature enthusiast. A paved walking/bike trail provides easy access to all park facilitiesIn the winter, several hundred Canada Geese make this lakeshore their feeding ground. Hikers and rockclimbers will want to explore the Cumberland Trail that leads to the Devil's Racetrack overlook where dramatic views of the valley can be seen from the jagged rock edges of this steep pinnacle rock. Year-round rowboats and pedal boats are available for rent on the lake, but no personally owned boats are permitted. There are 106 campsites available with water and electrical hookups. Other park amenities include badminton, shuffleboard, horseshoes, field games, volleyball, playgrounds, ping-pong, and tennis. Recreation equipment is available on a free checkout system at the boat dock in the summer months or in the park office during the winter months.
Bicycling: Around the park, walkers, runners and cyclists can enjoy 3.5 miles of paved trail. While there is no mountain biking in the park, nearby Cross Mountain has trails.
Fishing & Paddling: The 210-acre Cove Lake provides a 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.
Trails: From the Park, hikers can connect with the 11-mile section of the Cumberland Trail that connects the Park with Tank Springs in LaFollette. Along the trail, hikers and rock climbers will want to explore the Devil's Racetrack overlook where dramatic views of the valley can be seen from the jagged rock edges of this steep pinnacle rock. Heading southbound at the fork of the Volunteer Loop, you can link with the New River Segment of the Cumberland Trail which stretches to the New River headwaters in the heart of the Cumberland Mountains. The trailhead for the Volunteer Loop is located near Shelter #1.