Fairview Gullies Loop at Natchez Trace State Park Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"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."