Canal Loop Trail

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, Kentucky

Distance10.5mi
Elevation Gain3,613ft
Trailhead Elevation422ft
Top501ft
Elevation Min/Max353/501ft
Elevation Start/End422/422ft

Canal Loop Trail

Canal Loop Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Lyon County, Kentucky. It is within Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. It is 10.5 miles long and begins at 422 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 21.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,613 feet. The North Welcome Station at Land Between The Lakes information office is near the trailhead. There is also parking. Along the trail there are forests, a tower, and a scrub.

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Hiking Kentucky (Falcon Guides)
Michael H. Brown, Revised by Carrie L. Stambaugh
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"This long day hike or one-night backpack in Land Between The Lakes takes you along the shoreline of upper Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley and to the canal that connects the two large reservoirs."

Canal Loop Trail Trip Reports

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8/22/2018
Good workout and enjoyable. Switchbacks doable. Watch out for the detour on the main loop.
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7/28/2005
Being only the 5th trail I have hiked I was very pleased. Breaking the trail into two sections allowed me to bring my 3 and 5 year old along on the northern loop. We used the “a” connector trail. It was easily hiked. My boys were disappointed that they didn't see any animal life outside of the arachnid family. But grandma's near collision with a butterfly eased their frustration.
Although my Northern family members might disagree, the tree canopy allowed for a relatively comfortable summer hike. At a mile an hour with children this short section was a perfect family outing before lunch.
Two days latter the south and east sections of the trail still provided no animal life. However, the terrain of the eastern section was much more interesting and the lake views were spectacular. (It was a pleasant change from the lower Alabama swamp trails.) We hiked a comfortable 8 mile section using the “a” and “c” connecter trails.
The trail is now open to bikes and I did pass a couple on a ride. Mostly though, I felt the trail was secluded. The only draw back is that with a lake on either side and a major road running through the middle there wasn't that thrill of being hopelessly lost while awaiting your wife to arrive with search and rescue teams.
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7/5/2004
excellent trail. very challenging. technical in some areas.
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12/1/2002
I have rode mostly southern cal.and westeren az.trails and I love the change.the only down side to this trail is the cold weather,but still worth the pain.I recommend these trails to all riders.
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9/1/2001
Great trail! Watch out for the left turn that over looks the Kentucky river! It would be a long drop if you missed this one.
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8/1/2000
The Canal Loop is a very well maintained trail. I rode the trail earlier in June 2000, then twice again while on vacation in August. Several minor additions had been made during that time. The trail passes through a variety of terrain: open fields, woods, marsh. There are some knock-out views of both kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. Beware of congestion as it receives high traffic on weekends and after 5pm. You'll want to give this trail a go!
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Trail Information

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
Nearby City
Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
USDA Forest Service at Golden Pond, (270) 924-2000 or (800) 525-7077, www.LandBetweenTheLakes.us
Local Contacts
USGS Birmingham Point
Local Maps

Trail Log