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Gordon House and Ferry Site Walk Professional Review and Guide
"This relatively short walk is laced with history. Located just off the Natchez Trace Parkway near Columbia on the banks of the Duck River, the trail first passes by the 200-year-old Gordon House. It then picks up a section of the Old Trace, following the actual route taken by Americans of long ago. The trail ends at the edge of the Duck River, where a ferry operated for nearly a century during the 1800s."
--Johnny Molloy, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Nashville - 4th Edition (Menasha Ridge Press).
Made a visit to this trail in the Fall, leaves changing, good exercise. I would not make this a destination hike by any means, but if your in the area go ahead, just nothing that spactacular. A horse trail primarily, it skirts the lake, that's seems to me very trashy and shallow. Very muddy trail in parts after rains. The guide says 3.7 miles, about right, it took 1 1/2 hours of straight through walking for me. The road back to the parking area was about .9 miles and was also uneventful. Their is a Quail habitat that is on the ending of the trail in some fields, be careful of hunts in season. Saw more squirrels in these woods than I have ever seen. The Wilderness trail is 12 mile out and back hike that also leaves from a nearby campground, I don't suspect it would offer anything better than better views of Cordell Hull Lake.
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