John C. Clayborn Millennium Trail and Merritt Ridge Loop Trail is a 7.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Silver Point, Tennessee that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
To access the Merritt Ridge Loop, head to the trailhead for the Jack Clayborn Millennium Loop. Hike in until you reach the sign (about a mile). The entire hike totals about 7.8 miles.
Very challenging if you take all of the loops as there are alot of elevation changes. Was snow on the ground so when you went off trail was tricky. Some nice elevated views and probably not seen when foilage is full. However would be a good hike in summer if you wanted to get in the lake. Great job by the parks dept for clearing the roads after the very recent snowfall.
Very challenging but rewarding trail. Had the entire trail to myself.
Amazing trail, just don't underestimate it. Our plan was to come out and swim all afternoon, but that turned into just an hour of swimming due to running out of daylight. This place really is a hidden gem, and the only downside to that is parts of the trail are severely overgrown and ticks are EVERWHERE, so check yourself routinely. All else aside, definitely check this place out. I'll be coming back for more hiking and swimming during the summer as well as winter hiking for the amazing views. There are also some forest giants here you'll want to see.
Only hiked the Millennium Loop Trail and it was a great hike. Plan to go back soon to complete the ridge loop as well. Definitely enjoyed the warm yet windy January day. There were quite a few fellow hikers on this trail today.
hiked in the day after 8 inch snowfall this January. All virgin snow and a access parking lot that was plowed. Great job maintenance department! Thanks! What a great winter hike. I had the trail to myself as no one else ventured out on this day due to the road conditions. Views of the lake are gorgeous. Spring maintenance will be needed as several trees have fallen onto the trail. Merritt Ridge Trail after a snowfall will challenge you but its worth it!
Great day! Good trail. We'll be back.
Was not marked very well when you get into the loop. Make sure you can handle long trails.