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Flowy singletrack with good views of Kentucky & Barkley Lakes


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Map Key

10.6

Miles

17.1

KM

95%

Singletrack

563' 172 m

High

374' 114 m

Low

1,546' 471 m

Up

1,548' 472 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

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E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

The Canal Loop Trail is the premier mountain biking trail at Land Between The Lakes. Canal Loop Trail is an 11-mile singletrack loop trail with 4 connectors that consist of another 3 miles of trail. It offers a variety of loops ranging from a little over 1-mile to the full 11-mile outer loop. Canal Loop Trail can be accessed from the North Welcome Station and Kentucky Lake Scenic Drive. Canal Loop Trail receives a very high amount of use on weekends by mountain bikers and hikers, and offers many scenic overlooks of Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, and the Canal.

Description

From the visitor's center, head across the road to begin the trail. The first 4-5 miles are fast and flowy intermediate terrain mostly along the lakeshore. The difficulty increases slightly after you pass under the canal bridge. There are a few more obstacles and a few more difficult climbs on the western half of the trail. The highlight of the ride is the downhill section beginning at the radio tower.

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Shared By:

Brian Ratliff

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 60 votes

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in North End

#268

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  4.5 from 60 votes
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Photos

Trail tread is slightly rocky with a few roots.
Jul 23, 2017 near Calvert…, KY
Trail takes you underneath bridge.
May 6, 2022 near Calvert…, KY
This overlook of Kentucky Lake is a great place to take a break.
Jul 23, 2017 near Calvert…, KY
View of Barkley Canal from Woodlands Trace bridge.
Jul 23, 2017 near Calvert…, KY
Log skinny on the Canal Loop
Jul 23, 2017 near Calvert…, KY
Lake Barkley
May 7, 2015 near Calvert…, KY
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Check-Ins

Jun 24, 2024
Don Brandy Kraker
Fun track!! 23mi — 2h 04m
Nov 11, 2023
Lost Justpastnowhere
Oct 9, 2023
Thomas Clark
Jun 21, 2023
Amy Oltendorf
10.2mi — 1h 19m
Apr 23, 2022
Dave Smith
Fantastic
Nov 14, 2021
Josh Ray
9.3mi — 2h 15m
Jul 7, 2021
Paul Stahlschmidt
Apr 18, 2021
Lawrence Pasierb
Great place to ride. Been 1yr since on mtn bike and loved it. (Ok, it kicked my butt!) Had a great time though. Thanks KY! 9.9mi — 1h 27m
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