“The highlights of this hike include the wagon wheel, some great views, and two crossings of the creek.”
— Paul P
Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife
A tree grew up through the iron loop of an old wagon wheel, which is what gives the trailhead its name. This loop includes both blufftop views and easy crossings on limestone bedrock over Gans Creek, making for an enjoyable hike.
Need to Know
Watch for hard right turn at mile 2 (if hiking clockwise). Also, keep an eye out as there are several options after the second creek crossing.
This is one part of the Gans Creek Main Loop
trail system. Wagon wheel is one way downhill from trailhead. Throughout the way, you'll find plenty of great singletrack. Start out on the Gans Creek Main Loop
before transitioning to a short connector. Keep an eye out for a final connector heading north to finish the route.
You'll first be making your way along the edge of the bluff, then switchback down to Gans Creek below the same bluff. Cross the creek and then hike back up to the opposite bluff and the best overlook views in the park.
Flora & Fauna
Most of the loop is through mature oak hickory forest. Lots of birds, vireos, tanagers, wood thrush and more.