ElevationAscent: 188' 57 m
Descent: -212' -65 m
High: 1,065' 325 m
Low: 936' 285 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (9°)
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“A steep, moderately easy run up the Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park escarpment and along Little Duck River.”— Kevin O'Toole
The Backbone Trail will begin with an abrupt uphill climb (change in elevation is approximately 600-700 ft.). There are many large roots and limestone outcrops to grab/anchor onto in order to maintain some grip, if necessary. Once on top of this escarpment (a.k.a. the backbone) the trail will level out and provide runner with a view of Little Duck River, "Big" Duck River, and the surrounding flora & fauna. The downhill portion (either side) is relatively steep so be careful of sliding, tripping, or falling on the descent.
Once runners are off of the escarpment, the trail will meander slightly towards Little Duck River. It is here that runner can observe a beautiful, small waterfall (typically only present following heavy rainfall in the area) where Grindstone Hollow Creek flows into Little Duck River. The trail will then take runners along a very narrow, rocky path alongside Little Duck River. The Backbone Trail consists of approximately 1.50 miles and will terminate at the Forks of the River Trail.
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