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Land Between the Lakes Canal Loop

Easy/Intermediate

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10.6 mile 17.1 kilometer loop
91% Runnable
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

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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Nov 22, 2018
Cory Dodds
Began at north visitors center, took cutoff C for a 5.5 mile loop. 5.5mi — 1h 05m
Oct 14, 2018
Rachel Twedt
Did the loop and then went back for a quick out and back to get my 13 miles 13mi

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  3.6 from 8 votes

#4

in North End

#16221

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#4

in North End

#183

in Kentucky

#16,221

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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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