very pleasant walk on mostly paved path. I will walk this trail again!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The North Loop is part of a tour of the Parker's Crossroads Battlefield, and explores sites relating to the onset of the battle fought on December 31, 1862. The trail has historical markers and occasional benches. It winds across an open field except for tree-lined path at the start and a single cool grove of trees which is very welcome on a hot day. As a battlefield nut, I really enjoyed the historical interpretation and would like to get back again because it appears from satellite views that the trail has been lengthened to a field south of Wildersville Road since I walked it.

This trail interprets the Battle of Parker's Crossroads, December 31, 1862. Another loop trail north of Interstate 40 also describes part of the battle. Both trails are part of a driving tour of the Parker's Crossroads Battlefield Association. The South Loop Trail starts at a large parking lot and kiosk and proceeds along a level paved track through mostly fields with a shady grove and the edge of a forest. One trail branch leads east through forest and over uneven ground about 1000 feet to a Confederate artillery position. A branch off this artillery trail leads south through the forest beside a shallow ravine.This is a very enjoyable walk and a chance to explore a really interesting battle with a surprise ending.