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12 miles

Trail Type


Trail Difficulty


Δ Elevation (FT)

~3000 (+)

USGS Quad Map(s):  Frozen Head State Park Map

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Big Cove Lookout Tower Loop Trail


  • Spicebush swallowtail caterpillar (Papilio troilus) looking at you.

Activities & Features


Big Cove Lookout Tower Loop Trail is a difficult hike in Frozen Head State Park near Knoxville, Tennessee. This trail is tough with a lot of elevation gain; it may not be the best idea for young children. This trail is dog friendly, so long as your furry kids are on leash. Take the Lookout Mountain Trail and return via the Bird Mountain Trail. Frozen Head State Park is famous for its incredible displays of wildflowers, ample hiking opportunities and amazing bird watching. In fact, the Audubon Society has named Frozen Head an “Important Bird Area,” meaning it is essential habitat for birds. The park is named after Frozen Head Mountain (3,324 ft.), which appears snow capped during colder weather. There is camping available in Frozen Head State Park.


The park was once part of Cherokee hunting grounds. The area was ceded to the U.S. Government in 1805 with the Third Treaty of Tellico.

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Entrance Free, Camping Fees
Contact: Frozen Head State Park 964 Flat Fork Road Wartburg, TN 37887

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