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Level: Intermediate
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +1,188/ -772 ft
Total: 134 riders

Mountain Biking Canal Loop

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#5 of 108 mountain bike trails in Kentucky
#841 in the world

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.

First added by alvin.santoy on Jan 25, 2004. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Trail is located at the north end of Land Between the Lakes (LBL). This is about five miles south once you exit off Interstate 24. The trailhead is located at the north welcome station on Trace road and it has a large paved parking lot with restrooms for changing. If you drive south on Trace road from Grand Rivers you cant miss it. Wood-n-Wave bike shop is located in Grand Rivers on Trace road and the guys there are super nice and could help with trail information.

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