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greenBlue Land Between the Lakes Canal Loop

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10.6 mile 17.1 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,546' 471 m
Descent: -1,548' -472 m
High: 563' 172 m
Low: 374' 114 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)

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

Brian Ratliff

Features Fall Colors · Lake · Views

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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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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

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  3.7 from 7 votes

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in North End

#8670

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#2

in North End

#96

in Kentucky

#8,670

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