Canal Loop

4.54 out of 5
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↑ 2,500 ft
↓ 3,600 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
This is a great trail for beginners and advanced riders. The trail is a loop. If ridden counter clockwise the first 6 miles is on the lake Barkley side and it is fast singletrack with a couple of climbs that will get your heartrate up. The second half of the trail which is about 5.5 miles is more demanding and has a few more climbs and downhills. This side of the trail is the Kentucky lake side. Toward the end of the loop on the Kentucky lake side the North/South trail comes in. You must stay left at this point. If you go right the trail extends 30 miles to the Golden Pond visitor center. This is a good trail also but if you do not know the way it is easy to loose the trail in a few spots where the trail is connected by gravel roads or fields. The guys at Wood-N-Wave bike shop can help with these directions and they usually have trail maps there as well. I highly recommend this trail. Food for thought: a good time for the 12 miles is under an hour and a great time is under 50 minutes.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (36)

Granny Gear

January 10, 2019
Review: It's a good trail system. A mix of terrain. Lots of climbing and descending. Although it could use some more jump features.


October 12, 2018
dana92488 Gramcounter  
Review: Good mix of short climbs, descents and flowy sections. Intermediate level, with a lot of exposed roots and rocks.

Similar Trail: LBL North-South Trail

Granny Gear

October 16, 2016
Review: Awesome trail! Had to be my favorite so far. Has a good amount of climbs and some downhill bits. I really enjoyed going down tower hill. I personally like to ride the trail counterclockwise but i see a lot of people do it either way, Its definitely worth trying out and its a good workout.

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Granny Gear

August 2, 2016
Review: A little bit of everything, nice climbs, a few excellent downhill sections, flats, well maintained trails. Follow the blue markers, there are a few connecting trails to throw you off a little. Besides that i was really impressed, a good amount of log roll overs and 2 flat top logs to ride down. Will be back


July 21, 2016
oakess Gramcounter  
Review: This was a great trail with lots of variety, a few fun downhills and some challenging climbs. Nice job whomever keeps it up! I will be back!


July 14, 2016
Review: Flows well. 29 Hardtail was the best choice to ride. Beginners would like it. Fast fun trail.


July 10, 2016
Review: Trails are in fair condition after the storms, 7/10/16 note "fair"! Washed out bridge, some large trees, and damaged trail. But all still rideable.

Granny Gear

March 20, 2016
jbclarke5 Granny Gear  
Review: A great sunset ride tonight.

Granny Gear

March 8, 2016
FU Forties Granny Gear  
Review: Perfect for someone like me, who's just getting back into it! Quick 45 min, quiet run with plenty of switchbacks and aggressive single track!

Bunny Hop

May 8, 2015
Review: The most Water Scenery your ever gonna see this far inland.

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Canal Loop MTB Trail 4.54 out of 5 based on 36 ratings. 36 user reviews.
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