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Land Between the Lakes Canal Loop

Intermediate
 3.6 (9)

A great singletrack loop with views of Kentucky and Barkley Lakes.


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Map Key

10.6

Miles

17.1

KM

Loop

563' 172 m

High

374' 114 m

Low

1,546' 471 m

Up

1,548' 472 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Lake · Views

Description

Canal Loop Trail is an 11-mile singletrack loop trail with four connectors that consist of another three miles of trail. It offers a variety of loops ranging from a little over 1-mile to the full 11-mile outer loop. Canal Loop Trail can be accessed from the North Welcome Station and Kentucky Lake Scenic Drive. Canal Loop Trail receives a very high amount of use on weekends by mountain bikers and hikers, and offers many scenic overlooks of Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, and the Canal.

From the visitor's center, head across the road to begin the trail. The first four to five miles travel easily along the lakeshore. The difficulty increases slightly after you pass under the canal bridge. There are a few rougher section and some steeper climbs on the western half of the trail.

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Shared By:

Brian Ratliff

Trail Ratings

  3.6 from 9 votes

#4

in North End

#18911

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  3.6 from 9 votes
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#4

in North End

#194

in Kentucky

#18,911

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An awesome view of Kentucky Lake from the trail.
Nov 26, 2018 near Calvert…, KY
A foggy morning resulted in lots of pretty sunbeams.
Nov 26, 2018 near Calvert…, KY
A really expansive view of Cumberland River on the northeast part of the loop.
May 30, 2018 near Calvert…, KY
Follow the Blue Blazes.
Jan 19, 2018 near Calvert…, KY
An interesting stop where where you can see Barkley Canal (connecting Kentucky Lake and Cumberland River), the bridge that runs over it, and some pretty cool graffiti.
May 30, 2018 near Calvert…, KY
Sometimes it happens.
Jan 19, 2018 near Calvert…, KY

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Sep 26, 2020
Chris W
Jul 4, 2020
Johnny Bell
Knocking out these miles . — 8h 29m
Jul 3, 2020
Johnny Bell
Amazing :) — 13h 52m
Sep 21, 2019
Keith Thompson
high gravity day. 10.6mi — 6h 10m
May 18, 2019
Travis Cindy Cox
May 26, 2018
Stephen Davis
A couple of scenic views of the lakes; a few spots for backcountry camping; lots of shared paths with bikers. 10.6mi
May 25, 2018
Erik Carlsen-landy
Lots of forest hiking with a handful of great lake views. A popular mountain biking trail with shared paths, so stay alert for bikers. 10.6mi
Jan 14, 2018
Chris Davis