Glory Hole Canoe Trail is a 5.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Union City, Tennessee that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for nature trips, birding, canoeing, and sea kayaking and is best used from March until October.
5.1 mile lollypop loop through the Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge.
We started our trip near the Airpark section of the refuge, on Upper Blue Basin and paddled to the trail head. This raised our total mileage to over 11 miles.
The trip was enjoyable, but the water levels were low and the weeds made the paddling hard while in the marsh. The trail was well signed, and we didn't worry about losing the trail.
We ran across a earthen dam (maybe a the beginning of a beaver dam) and had to push over it.
There were plenty of birds and other wildlife on the trail. The Bald Cypress trees were wonderful to paddle through.
Some of our group were a little disappointed with this trail, but many of us liked it.
The water level was rather low when we were on the trail, which certainly made it harder. This is a trail that would be best to undertake when water levels are higher.
The start of the trail is on open water, and easy paddling. We had fun winding through the cypress trees.
The map shows a viewing tower, which is really more of a viewing platform, but well worth taking a few minutes to go see.
There's plenty of parking at the trailhead, but no restroom facilities.