Bearwaller Gap Hiking Trail

Nashville, Tennessee

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This is one of the finest paths in Middle Tennessee. It extends along the wooded and rugged shoreline of Cordell Hull Lake for more than 5 miles, passing waterfalls, old homesites, and rocky overlooks. It will challenge hardy hikers as it climbs and descends numerous times. Bring your stamina and ample time with you.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Nashville - 4th Edition

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Nashville - 4th Edition

by Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)

This is one of the finest paths in Middle Tennessee. It extends along the wooded and rugged shoreline of Cordell Hull Lake for more than 5 miles, passing waterfalls, old homesites, and rocky overlooks. It will challenge hardy hikers as it climbs and descends numerous times. Bring your stamina and ample time with you.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Nashville
Distance: 11.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: 615-735-1034; www.lrn.usace.army.mil/locations/lakes/cordellHulllake.aspx
Local Maps: USGS Carthage; at tinyurl.com/cordellhullmap
Driving Directions: Directions to Bearwaller Gap Hiking Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

10/2/2011
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This is a great hike, one of my favorites in Middle Tennessee. One small thing is misleading, if you add the Adams Falls loop, this is actually a 6.6 mile hike! Getting down to the machinery falls is a little treacherous, but totally doable and so very rewarding.


10/16/2010
0

A very nice walk through the woods with a beautiful falls at the end. Machinery Falls was a very scenic and relaxing treat! Highly recommend this trail for an afternoon walk.


8/27/2009
1

I thought this an awesome trail, good for families and day hikers. Some really good clear moving water, bobo creek, and Machine Falls (60x60). We could not reach Machine Falls from the creek at the base because of blowdowns and some elevated water, but if you hike on up the adjoining hillside, you will come to an overlook, there is a small unmarked, steep side trail that takes you to a massive cave ledge that is above and to the right of the Falls. There was no one on the trail on an early Saturday morning. On the return part of the loop there are many areas of the trail which have logs across it, this is normal, to cut down on the illegel 4WD riders, that used to make this thier domain. Will go again with my kids, very enjoyable.


4/28/2007
1

Great little trail when you take all of the loops. Very good if you are bringing younger hikers along as you can adjust the length by deciding which loops to add just be careful in the begining there are a few areas that drop off pretty steep sides to your left. Machine Falls is not viewable from the trail itself but once you reach the bridge pick your way up the stream and it's just around the bend, not as hard as it sounds and definately worth it as i agree this falls is among the best.


11/5/2005
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This trail was easy to find and navigate. The fall colors were spectacular and we did not see another living soul. Machine Falls were hard to get to, we kept hearing them but never got to them. Busby Falls were visible from above in a fairly dangerous drop off on which I did not want to linger with my young boys. Bobo Creek was crystal clear and easily accessible. The trails were all well marked.



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May 2018