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Devil's Backbone State Natural Area Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.3 (3)

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


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2.6

Miles

4.2

KM

97%

Runnable

1,015' 309 m

High

829' 253 m

Low

194' 59 m

Up

205' 62 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

8%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Unknown

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.

Runner Notes

The trail is well marked but not overly blazed; you won't get lost.

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. Running 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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Shared By:

Jim Reyome

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  3.3 from 3 votes

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  3.3 from 3 votes
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A fungus among us!
Sep 1, 2017 near Hohenwald, TN
I don't know what they are, but they're pretty!
Sep 1, 2017 near Hohenwald, TN
Sometimes you've got to look close...
Sep 1, 2017 near Hohenwald, TN
Another one of them wiggly-looking thangs...
Sep 1, 2017 near Hohenwald, TN
I know not what it is, but it's cool, and it demanded I take its picture. Who was I to refuse?
Sep 1, 2017 near Hohenwald, TN
Another trailside purty...
Sep 1, 2017 near Hohenwald, TN

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