John C. Clayborn Millennium Trail is a 7.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Silver Point, TN that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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.
The full loop is pretty strenuous but it's worth it. Not really any mountain views but there's some very good views of center hill lake.
The John C. Clayborn Millennium Trail is a great spot to spend a few hours outdoors. The trail is strenuous at times as you climb bluffs surrounding Center Hill Lake. With the occasional view of the lake and lake breeze, it makes it a great summer hike, there are even a few spots you could walk down to the lake and jump in if you wanted. The trail is marked fairly well, but there is a few little spurs that come off the main trail that get a little confusing. Parts of the trail were very overgrown, but because the trail isn't super busy, you almost feel like your the first person to ever walk through this area. Worth checking out for sure. The views of the lake might be more prevalent in the winter months, but you'll miss out on the thick greenery this trail provides. Enjoy!
Decently challenging day hike. Had a bit of elevation change and the lake looked pretty in the fall!
This trail isn't really strenuous... could be tiring if you take the whole route around though, but not difficult at all. really pretty during the fall. We cut through and hiked up a pretty steep hill across to the other side of the trail.
I've hiked this trail several times. For the best views from the top of the ridge line part of the trail, hike in the winter. You can hike this trail 4 times and experience it 4 different ways b/c this trail is 2 loop trails with a connector trail between them.
The Trails were poorly Maintained , Chigger Infested
I've hiked this trail multiple times in different seasons and always like coming back. The trail is blazed with white markers and if you are hiking in early winter through early spring on the second portion of the trail they can be difficult to spot.
We hit this trail just after the peak of fall color, which meant the trees were relatively bare, but the trail was blanketed in an assortment of gold and red leaves.
Heavily shaded by typical Tennessee oak and maple trees and the occasional cedar grove, the steep climbs and descents are broken up by intermittent glimpses of Center Hill Lake. If youre on this trail in late spring through early fall, the views of the lake are likely to be less frequent, but youll still get plenty of lakeviews, especially on the far end of the Merritt Trail loop.
This is a good trail but I would not rate it as Strenuous as it has been rated here. There are some good switchbacks which I would say put it in the moderate to demanding. There are several places where you can spot a lake through the trees. I believe this would be a good winter hike after the leaves have fallen and the water is more visible.