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Devil's Backbone State Natural Area Trail

Intermediate

Trail

2.6 mile 4.2 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 194' 59 m
Descent: -205' -62 m
High: 1,015' 309 m
Low: 829' 253 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)

Dogs

Unknown
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Trail shared by Jim Reyome

A pleasant rolling trail with ridgetop strolls and hollows along the historic Natchez Trace.

Jim Reyome

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Do bear in mind that this is NOT a heavily traveled trail and you're likely to be alone.

Description

From a paved parking lot just off the Natchez Trace Parkway, a pleasantly rolling path leads northwest a little more than a half mile to the start of the loop trail. Hiking it anti-clockwise at the split takes you along a narrow ridge for another half mile or so before beginning a switchback into a cool, shaded hollow. There are a couple of creek crossings (bridged) and plenty of places for a picnic; do be sure to carry out your trash and anyone else's you might happen to come across!

After a bottomland stroll past an epically weathered tree (with a guardian!) you'll eventually begin the climb up out of the hollow, heading south and then east back to the trail junction before returning to the trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

We have seen coneflowers, spotted wintergreen, rattlesnake plantain, and more. Early to middle spring is best for the wildflowers. We've also seen snakes (nothing venomous) both on the ridges and down in the hollow. Plenty of other critters and birds too. Bring your binoculars and a camera!

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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Dogs Allowed

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May 11, 2019
Renee Chippendale
The entry point is .5 miles one way in and out which equals 1 mile and the loop is 2 miles according to the posted signs 3mi — 2h 30m

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Now THIS, this is a character next to a tree with CHARACTER.
Sep 1, 2017 near Hohenwald, TN
His trail name is Dr. Love, and he is ready to go...
Sep 1, 2017 near Hohenwald, TN
A fungus among us!
Sep 1, 2017 near Hohenwald, TN
At the beginning of the loop
Sep 1, 2017 near Hohenwald, TN
At the bottom of the switchback is the creek...
Sep 1, 2017 near Hohenwald, TN
I don't know what they are, but they're pretty!
Sep 1, 2017 near Hohenwald, TN

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