Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Trail type
2.50 mi (4.02 km)
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Bear Cove Trail is a 2.5-mile loop trail located in Devils Fork State Park. The trailhead is across the parking lot from Eclectic Sun kayak rentals and is very accessible. The trail itself is hilly, rooty, and is lined with black cherry, red maple, and dogwood trees among along with pines and oaks. The trail crosses a road after a short time and continues on before splitting to begin the loop. Once the trail forks you will have an option to go left and through the cove first or to the right and see the lake shore first. Both directions are about the same level of difficulty. There is a spur trail that leads down to the cove that is fairly easy to recognize. Once reaching the cove or the lake, you can jump in to cool off or sit and enjoy the view. Wildlife such as salamanders, snakes, deer, and bear are all around the area and may be seen year round. This is a trail you'll want to hike multiple times because of the great access to the relaxing cove.

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Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee

Open Year-round



Easy footing. Swimming coves. Lake views. Old-growth deciduous forest.



Trailhead Elevation

1,500.00 ft (457.20 m)


Big vistas
Old-growth forest
Family friendly


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