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Land Between the Lakes Canal Loop

Intermediate
 4.3 (42) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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°)

Dogs Unknown

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

  4.3 from 41 votes

#1

in North End

#385

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  4.3 from 41 votes
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#3

in Kentucky

#385

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Photos

Trail tread is slightly rocky with a few roots.
Jul 23, 2017 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
Just shy of the canal on the Barkley side. Riding the trail counter-clockwise from the welcome center.
Apr 10, 2018 near Calvert…, KY

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Check-Ins

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
Mar 7, 2021
Russ Gowan
Flow abounds. Some hills with requisite rewards. KY side is gnar and roots. Lots of scenes of lake. Overall a great ride. Mostly dry. 10.5mi — 2h 11m
Oct 15, 2020
Kenny Davis
11.8mi — 1h 36m
Aug 27, 2020
Cameron Nowell
10.7mi — 1h 16m
Jul 14, 2020
Carl Day
Jun 10, 2020
James Lowery
6mi — 1h 20m
May 16, 2020
Jose Rojas Diasz
Supper fun technical trail