Rolling agricultural fields, reclaimed strip mines, ravines, rocky streams, and wooded bluffs dominate the northern half of the trail. The southern half sometimes displays these features, but most often you’ll encounter bottomland woods, ponds, streams, and marshes within the internationally recognized Cache River Wetlands.
Overall, you’ll cross twenty-three trestle bridges, some of which are astounding spans of metal latticework reaching out over deep ravines. The trail also passes through seven towns and a handful of ghost towns that disappeared after the trains stopped running. Due to the length, the extended inclines, and a long, extremely dark tunnel, this trail is rated as difficult.
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