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blueBlack Wagon Wheel Trailhead Loop

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3.0 mile 4.8 kilometer loop
96% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 301' 92 m
Descent: -304' -93 m
High: 845' 258 m
Low: 714' 218 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)

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The highlights of this run include the wagon wheel, some great views, and two crossings of the creek.

Paul P

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

Overview

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 run.

Need to Know

Watch for hard right turn at mile 2 (if running clockwise). Also, keep an eye out as there are several options after the second creek crossing.

Description

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 run 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.

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