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Mullens Cove Loop is one of two popular trail running routes in Prentice Cooper State Forest—Pot Point Loop being the other.
Both loops combined make up 33.8 miles of the Cumberland Trail and hikers often pair both together for a multi-day trip.
If you visit the local running store and ask where to go, there's a good chance they'll send you here. The loop begins along Tower Drive at a well-marked trailhead and can be run in either direction - many choose counter-clockwise.
Heading west, the trail hugs the contour of the mountain as it parallels a stream from above.
A couple of seasonal springs line this portion but should always be filtered or treated first. The highlight of the loop lies at Snoopers Rock Overlook at its southeastern corner.
A parking area just above the overlook provides easy access for those looking to snag some views without the run.
Atop the rock, you're rewarded with an incredibly beautiful overlook of the Chattanooga River below.
Take some time to soak in the views and enjoy a lunch if you brought one. The easternmost leg of the loop connects Snoopers Rock back to Indian Rockhouse & Stone Door.
Following a rock bluff, the trail leads to a natural opening where it climbs back to the trailhead about 0.5-miles ahead. Sources: https://www.cumberlandtrail.org/maps-and-guides/trail-segments/tn-river-gorge/mullens-cove-loop/