Bear Creek Loop
ElevationAscent: 455' 139 m
Descent: -510' -155 m
High: 621' 189 m
Low: 398' 121 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“Fantastic sampler loop using the North-South Trail (South Section), Fort Henry N/S Trail Connector, and Telegraph Trail.”— Chris Davis
After you cross FS 230, keep an eye out on the far side of the road and you'll pick up the trail again where there are two markers posted (both small plastic signs). Descending into the forest, you'll see some discarded farm equipment—this is your next marker and the point you look for the blazes to pick up again.
The next junction is Telegraph Trail, keep left (this intersection is not well marked, but there are the plastic signs that at least let you know you have come to a decision point). Continue on Telegraph Trail along the creek, eventually crossing it in two points. This section of the trail is by far the "wildest" of the loop (everything is overgrown), but it is a fantastic section due to the creek crossings, old farmstead, and obnoxiously loud birds. When your legs start warming up from the climb out of the creek bottom, you know you are almost home! Plateau out, cross the field next to the trace, and return to your car!
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Land Manager: USFS - Land Between the Lakes National Rec Area Office