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Land Between the Lakes Canal Loop

Intermediate
 4.3 (34) 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°)

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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 34 votes

#1

in North End

#418

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  4.3 from 34 votes
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#4

in Kentucky

#418

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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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Jul 14, 2020
Carl Day
Jun 10, 2020
James Lowery
6mi — 1h 20m
May 16, 2020
Jose Rojas Diasz
Supper fun technical trail
Mar 29, 2020
Ryan Russell
Aug 8, 2019
Ray Wijangco
Aug 4, 2019
Jeff Hutchinson-Smyth
Jul 20, 2019
Brennan Berry
it's hot Don. 10.6mi — 1h 30m
Jul 6, 2019
Jeffrey Babbidge
lots of big ring, lots of being on the gas; much different from the PacNW that I'm use to 10.4mi — 1h 14m