Reelfoot Lake State Park, located in the northwest corner of Tennessee, is one of the greatest hunting and fishing preserves in the nation. The lake encompasses 25,000 acres (15,000 of which are water) and harbors almost every kind of shore and wading bird, as well as the golden and American bald eagles. Other animals are also diverse and abundant here. Its many species of flowering and non-flowering plants attract botany enthusiasts from all over the country. Cypress dominates the margins of the lake, but many other trees and shrubs are also present. Campgrounds, bathrooms, boardwalk, fishing piers and picnic areas are wheelchair accessible.
Rachel Y. on Reelfoot Refuge Grassy Island Hiking Trail
Walked the trail in the morning without seeing anyone. The trail is a gravel type road with raised wooden trail sections where the surrounding area is low. During the wet season there would be water in some of theses low laying areas. The bugs were real noisy, but only grasshoppers and these little black gnats were causing trouble around the body. The trail is really flat, and is made from hard gravel. You could push a wheelchair over all the trail. The area around the trail is very dense, and you can see where the swamp is trying to reclaim the trail. You can also see where people have been keeping the floage cut back. The trail has a number of benches where you might rest and wait for the birds to come out. There are a number if information sites explaining the area and what you might see along the entire trail. The trail is about a half mile long and enters and exits on the main road. There is a parking area across the street from the fist trail head farthest from the lake. Both trail heads are marked by signs that run parallel to the road and can be missed. These would be a great trail to do three or four times a year and checking out how the rising water effects the area.
This is an quiet, easy, flat gravel trail with some wooden platforms. This is a good trail for young children, and seniors, and wheel-chair bound. There are benches along the way. No bugs when we went, but in the summer, I am sure you would need bug deterrent.