Canal Loop Trail

MODERATE 40 reviews
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Canal Loop Trail is a 10.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kuttawa, Kentucky that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
889 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

hiking
30 days ago

The Canal Loop Trail in the Land Between the Lakes Recreation Area is well marked and scenic. One can visit two lakes and a canal in a single day's hike. Several connector trails allow hikers to lengthen and shorten as desired. The Kentucky Lake side features hilly terrain, which is easily traversed by anybody who is reasonably fit. It also offers the most impressive scenery. I saw deer, squirrels, geese, and woodpeckers along the trail, while encountered very few people during the chilly Friday afternoon I was there.

2 months ago

Great fast sections and difficult hills on west side

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8 months ago

Great trail with great views of the lake and wildlife! Loved the backcountry policy on camping overnight! Will definitely return!

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11 months ago

This was a great trail with some amazing views. The Lake Barkley side features more gently rolling hills while the Kentucky Lake side has steeper hills with some great mountain biking terrain. One huge negative was the hunters and their dogs we encountered directly on the trail near Forestry Service Road 102. One of the dogs blocked our path and bared its teeth, and it took several tense minutes for the owner to gain control. I'm all for licensed hunting in the park but not within 150 yards of the trails. This was an otherwise nice hike and rated moderate mostly for distance.

Sunday, November 13, 2016