Fairview Gullies Loop at Natchez Trace State Park

Wildersville, Tennessee

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One of the more interesting (and perhaps shortest) hikes at the Trace is the 1-mile Fairview Gullies Loop (park materials show it as a 3-mile loop), through an area shown in the 1930s photographs at the Park Office Museum as a poster child of the level of degradation that was faced by President Theodore Roosevelt and the New Deal in restoration efforts. The photographs show an area of washed-out, barren soil, riddled with deep gullies of erosion, which could support almost no life at all. The trail now leads over ferns and other undergrowth, through firs and beech trees, and wanders down steep ravines caused by the erosion of the sandy clay hills. The contours, under their green cover, demonstrate just how severely these lands were damaged at one time.
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by Kelley Roark and Stuart Carroll (Falcon Guides)

One of the more interesting (and perhaps shortest) hikes at the Trace is the 1-mile Fairview Gullies Loop (park materials show it as a 3-mile loop), through an area shown in the 1930s photographs at the Park Office Museum as a poster child of the level of degradation that was faced by President Theodore Roosevelt and the New Deal in restoration efforts.

The photographs show an area of washed-out, barren soil, riddled with deep gullies of erosion, which could support almost no life at all. The trail now leads over ferns and other undergrowth, through firs and beech trees, and wanders down steep ravines caused by the erosion of the sandy clay hills. The contours, under their green cover, demonstrate just how severely these lands were damaged at one time.

© 2016 Kelley Roark and Stuart Carroll/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wildersville
Distance: 1
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 520 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Natchez Trace State Resort Park, 901-968-3742
Local Maps: USGS quad 21SW, Holladay
Driving Directions: Directions to Fairview Gullies Loop at Natchez Trace State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

12/14/2002
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Good look at erosion damage and kudzu. Trail is actually only about 1.5 miles long. Trail is available for adoption to assist rangers with upkeep. For info contact Ranger Hill at 731-968-2310



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May 2018