Devil's Backbone Trail

MODERATE 25 reviews

Devil's Backbone Trail is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hampshire, TN that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.8 miles 577 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

Division of Natural Areas, Jackson Environmental Field Office, 1625 Hollywood Drive, Jackson TN 38305, phone (731) 512-1369

18 days ago

Nice day hike. And even the dog liked it.

18 days ago

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26 days ago

Awesome hike with lots of scenery!!

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1 month ago

Took the family it was a great hike. A little heavy on the bug in the summer.

2 months ago

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4 months ago

Nice short hike with some decent inclines. A couple of cool little waterfalls at the bottom. A really sweet yellow and black millipede walking along the trail. Not a lot of frills, just a good clean and primitive hike.

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5 months ago

Rocky, thorn pants lining the trail. We found ticks on ourselves and our dogs after the trip. Won't be visiting this one again. Great for someone who just wants to look at nature and isn't bothered by the negatives. No waterfall on the trail. You have to go to the falls overlook, different entry point

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5 months ago

Beautiful trail, but was expecting to see a waterfall. There was a tumbling creek halfway that was very serene

7 months ago

This trail was great exercise! It worked my legs with the uphill & downhill paths. Yet, it was easy enough for our 7 children to get through. We were so excited to find the creek with water tumbling over rocks & teensy swimming holes at the end. My children had the whole area to themselves. They did not want to leave!

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8 months ago

I'm just starting to hike as a hobby. I have done this trail 3 times in the past 5 weeks. It has a good terrain change to make it challenging and when the trail gets to the bottom of the hollow it is a perfect rest stop by the stream. The first two times I visited, I was the only person there. The second time I saw hoof prints where someone had been riding the trail on horseback. The last time, though, I ran into several other hikers, even "rescuing" a family that got off the trail and could not find it. I had also wandered off the trail by accident, but was aware of it and they followed me back to the last marked tree I could recall seeing. Yay me! So, to summarize: good trail, nice babbling brook at the bottom, not too many other visitors.

1 year ago

Not a lot of water but still a decent hike

1 year ago

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1 year ago

The creek was a wonderful find! The terrain was great and varied. When we got there, we were the only people there, which was great. The dogs had a great hike and they loved being able to stop and lay in the creek in the middle of our hike. But I wouldn't say there were "waterfalls" on this trail, just places where the creek tumbles over some small rocks, but the sounds were wonderful!

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2 years ago

Nice trail but there have been a lot of trees blown down lately, many across the trail. One was particularly difficult to navigate due to all the briars. Enjoyed the walk along the creek, water was crystal clear. Make sure to check you and the dogs for ticks post hike.

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2 years ago

I hiked this trail a few years back and absolutely loved it. I am planning to hike it again soon. It is close to my home location. A short drive. Love the woods. The loop is not that hard and the serenity of the hike makes it very pleasant and peaceful. Will take photo's on my next hike there coming up within the next month.

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3 years ago

This is a nice little trail which is easy enough for even small children. There are no strenuous areas.

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3 years ago

Pretty Trail. My little guys (5 and 7) got a little tired, but ended up doing fine. Nice 3 mile loop off the Natchez Trace!

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3 years ago

Really enjoy this trail. It's very peaceful and quiet.

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4 years ago

I have to agree with Ande. We drove an hour and a half to get there and the trail was ok but nothing spectacular. There were many fallen trees that need to be taken care of and there are definitely thorny plants so you might want to wear pants. The hike itself was moderate and did have a serene creek running through it at one point. We took our dog with us and it was a good hike for her.

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4 years ago

While the general topography and foliage is very similar to the Meriwether Lewis Loop, there was a nice serenity on the Devils Backbone (which is so-named not to reflect the loops difficulty, but the danger of traveling the Natchez Trace back in the day). As we descended into the valley portion of the trail, the area brought to mind Thoreaus Walden. While still in good shape, this trail is not overly popular making it a great escape if youre looking for solitude.


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