Canal Loop

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AVERAGE RATING
*****
4.56 out of 5
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Intermediate
12
miles

Singletrack
↑ 2,500 ft
↓ 3,600 ft
374
elevation (ft)

Loop
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 (35)
 

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.

Similar Trail: Raccoon Mountain

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Gramcounter


September 30, 2016
 
Review: The trail varies a bit in difficulty. The east half is quite a bit steeper and more technical than the west half. Had enough time to ride in both directions, and it seemed to flow better counter-clockwise, although clockwise still flowed well. A few rocks and roots, but nothing horrible. The southwest section of the trail is definitely the most technical and the rest of the trail is super smooth and flowy.

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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

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Gramcounter

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!

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Trailblazer

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

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Singletrack


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.

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Granny Gear

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

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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!

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Bunny Hop

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

Similar Trail: The Trace

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Granny Gear

March 22, 2015
fishbone Granny Gear  
 
Review: The Canal Loop is 11.5 miles of natural single track trail. It does not have the features that some might be used to from machine built trails. It is well maintained by the locals and is ridable most of the year. The trail is located in Land Between the Lakes and further information can be obtained from the local bike shop located in Grand Rivers. It's a great trail with awesome views.

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Canal Loop MTB Trail 4.56 out of 5 based on 35 ratings. 35 user reviews.
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