Lake View Trail
ElevationAscent: 26' 8 m
Descent: -60' -18 m
High: 1,565' 477 m
Low: 1,515' 462 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (7°)
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“A short trail that crosses Arch Lake on a Swinging Bridge with views of the lake and Thompson Creek.”— Charles Pulse
Family Friendly An easy trail with lots to see along the way.
Take the Lake View Trail by finding its trailhead right off of the southwest corner of the parking area for the park's picnic area. Signs clearly mark the trailhead. The .6 miles trek around the Lake View Trail, after a short walk in the woods, crosses Thompson Creek on an old foot bridge built by the CCC.
The trail then winds through a hardwood forest sprinkled with rhododendron and mountain laurel onto a bluff overlooking Thompson Creek and Arch Lake. It follows the bluff along the lake where it provides many nice views of the lake until it reaches a swinging bridge across Arch Lake. The trail travels across the bridge and ends back in the picnic area parking.
The route is peaceful and provides a great environment for communing with the beautiful surroundings. Several shelters were built by the CCC to provide places for rest and contemplation along the way.
Land Manager: Tennessee State Parks