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Canal Loop

Average Rating:    (4.42 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 36

All singletrack that winds around the edge of Barkley and Kentucky lake. There are numerous forks in the trail that will take you through different sections of the terain.
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Latitude
36.94989178681327
Longitude
-88.10760498046875
Trail Directions
Take exit 31 off of Interstate 24. Head south about 4 miles to you reach the north visitors station for The Land Between the Lakes. In the visitors station they have trail maps for both the Canal Loop and the North -South trail.
Trail Length
12 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Eddyville
   


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Review Date
August 30, 2015

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Borobiker ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Convenient to I24, only 4 miles south. Start at the welcome center. Good maps there. Good flow, well marked. Lots of roots. Many ups and downs, but nothing too difficult. Total trip is 13-14 miles but you can use several cut offs to shorten the trip. Very good ride, highly recommended!

Recommended Route:
Start at the welcome center, cross the road and ride counter clockwise starting along Lake Barkley. Eventually ends back at the welcome center.



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Review Date
July 31, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: cyclone429 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is one of the best trails that i have riden. The views of the lake are great. The hills are steep but not two long and the trail was well cleared and marked. Anybody who is into Mountain biking and in the area i would recomended this ride. Coming from riding mostly rocky and rooty terrian in pennsy, This trail was not that technical, a few times i did not make it up the hills, but i was in the wrong gear.

Recommended Route:
started on lake kentucky, then went towards lake berkley

Other recommended trails in the same area:
im not from this area, i can not recomend any other trails



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Review Date
October 6, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bclagge ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I rode the canal loop, not the N/S trail. 11 miles of fast and flowy singletrack. The trail goes up and down hills repeatedly with moderate climbs. Smooth packed dirt with some root and rock sections.

I was warned by two people locally how difficult the trail was and I've read the two most recent reviews that complain about it. I've been riding less than two years with under 2000 off road miles on a hard tail. I guess it's just a matter of preference, but I loved the trail and found it only moderately challenging.

Recommended Route:
Start across the street from the welcome station and take the trail counter clockwise. Even though it's a two way trail, the trail flow seemed designed to go that way. The roughest section of trail is the last one so if that's not to your liking you can just take that last shortcut at the end there.



Comments
braider33 (11/15/2011)
Spot on. Counter-clockwise is the correct direction. Have ridden this system for the past three years and love it every time. Even brought my brother when he came to visit from OH and he talks about it still. Not sure what a relaxing day of mountain biking is but would direct those types to a calm rails-to-trails ride.
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Review Date
October 6, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: mhr ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I'm in agreement with hammermtb. This trail has been around for many years and is showing it's age for sure. There is a crew who try and maintain it, but what can you do with this level of erosion after the fact? IMBA standards were probably not around when this trail was first develop so it's going to require a major overhaul. I don't necessarily mind the level of ruggedness with all the exposed roots and stuff, it's just a different type of trail system and has it's own character. The main erosion problem has to do with the steep hills and s curve hills. If they would find a way to reroute these sections to be make them capable of being ridden, the enjoyment factor would go way up.

It's a great trail, but the difficulty level doesn't make people want to come here for a relaxing day of mountain biking. You must be prepared for the challenge unless you want to take a smaller loop and do less mileage.



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Review Date
September 26, 2010

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: hammermtb ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Me and three friends rode the Canal Loop today for the first time this year and I must say this trail, or portions of it, are in a state of disrepair. We chose to ride it clockwise and were confronted with sand pits, which I assume are to help the obvious erosion problem there, and climbs that were almost impassable at best due to erosion, improper riding techniques, and lack of maintenance. I use to enjoy riding this trail, however, the section between the North Check-in station to the microwave tower (riding in a clockwise direction) was terrible. If we come back this year, we plan on riding counter clock wise to the bridge and turning around.

Recommended Route:
Counter-clockwise to the highway bridge and then turn around, unless you like riding through a quarry of loose rock down hill.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Montgomery Bell, Loch 4, Rotary Park



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