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Garrison Creek Trail

Intermediate

Trail

3.9 mile 6.2 kilometer loop
93% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 399' 121 m
Descent: -400' -122 m
High: 965' 294 m
Low: 693' 211 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

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A good loop with varying landscapes.

Bradley Minnigan

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

Overview

This route is a fun loop of mostly pretty flat terrain. This is the only portion of the Tennessee Natchez Trace Trail that creates a loop, making it a great route.

Description

The Garrison Loop circles the Natchez Trace Parkway, and marks the northern beginnings of the Highland Rim Trail. The western portion of the loop has a narrow, lightly-used path that twice crosses Garrison Creek. You need to remove your running footwear to cross the creek, or you'll be finishing the way with wet feet!

At the northern part of the loop, you pass under the Natchez Trace as you approach the Garrison Creek picnic area. Here there are bathrooms, water fountains, and horse trailer parking. The eastern part of the loop has wider trails and less-dense woods for observing wildlife.

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Dec 26, 2019
Daniel Price
Mar 16, 2019
Doug Gray
2-3 wet creek crossings

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Photos

My wife as we passed under the Natchez Trace on the Garrison Creek Loop. This was one of her first hikes.
Aug 27, 2016 near Thompso…, TN
Beginning of the trail.
Dec 22, 2019 near Thompso…, TN
Crossing Garrison creek in the winter when the water is lower.
Dec 22, 2019 near Thompso…, TN

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