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Gilbert Gaul Loop Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Spencer, Tennessee that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.1 mi Elevation gain 223 ft Route type Loop

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Reviews (59)
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Recordings (48)
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Abby Robinson
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grown
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Grant Cupp
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grown

There are areas that the trail is overgrown and there are a lot of ticks. It was pretty at times by the water but the park has many better trails to offer.

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Carissa Discepolo
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grown

We entered the trail and went the direction that was towards the lake. About a mile in we came across a field with some pretty high grass. I was worried about ticks but we went through anyway. Be careful! We found multiple ticks on us and our dog when we got in the car and back at home. About 7-8 to be exact. Definitely won’t be going this way again if we do this trail again.

Roxanne Pilgrim
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Hiking

This trail os very nice. It is easy and the path is very simple to follow. Its well marked. The trail follows the water about half way through. There are a few muddy areas but its a trail so who cares. Nice to trail run!

Jason Reiling “cricket”
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Hiking

Very nice hike in one of my favorite state parks. This one is an easy hike mostly along the back side of the lake. Plenty of little picnic spots and a great trail for Charlie, our lab Did this on a cool winter day and saw zero, no, other people on the trail.

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Todd W
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Hiking

I agree with other reviewers: 1. They should definitely rename it "Beaver Lake" 2. Compared to the falls, it's not much, but go in early-morning or late-evening, take a meal and enjoy the lake. It's a nice stroll.

Marilyn Hitesman
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Walking

Sparsely traveled. lots of ticks. Hot when we crossed the meadow near the end. Easy terrain. Kind of anti climactic compared to all the waterfall trails.

Elizabeth Jackson
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It's rather boring to me but if you want an easy, no stress stroll around the lake this trail is perfect. You can bring a picnic and watch the sunset.

Samantha Bright
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Hiking

easy.

Sean Bray
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This is a beautiful and easy hiking trail! Well maintained, well marked, the trail is very easy to follow. There is some elevation but most of the trail is at water level. The beginning of the trail is 0.6 miles from the inn but there are a couple other parking points to access.

Diana Sevier
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Nice view of the lake for a couple miles

darren darren eidson
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Hiking

Trail is not very well taken care of. Lots of shade and view of trees and lake

Shauna Anschuetz
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Hiking

Beautiful lake views on GG. Mostly level.

Wayne Bunker
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Hiking

This was a nice easy trail for a early morning hike. The trail starts out at Camp #2 as a access road to the lake and then turns into a relative used trail that follows the lake to the cabins and then turns back to the point where one started. There were many trees cut down by beaver activity, but no sign of a beaver lodge. This would be a good family trail as there is little elevation change.

Larry Jarrett
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Hiking

This was an easy hike with good views of the lake. The terrain is not challenging and the trail is underutilized. There is huge beaver dam and rain shelter along the lake half way thru the hike.

Lee Wingo
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Hiking

One of the least crowded trails in fcf...Very flat easy walk with not much interested other then the lake and wildlife

John Carter
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Hiking

This is a mostly easy, flat trail that would be a good route for trail runners. The lake side section is pretty enjoyable because of the views and this section includes plenty of beaver signs (gnawed trees) and a beaver "hostel" that the trail runs right beside. The trail follows an old access road for the 1st mile or so and can be muddy in some sections during rains.

Joseph Macsek
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Hiking

This trail is really great easy trail to complete in the Fall Creeks Falls State Park. The loop really has a lot of active wildlife and was very peaceful as everyone else seems to go to just visit the Fall Creek Falls Trail. This was a nice easy walk with very few hills or climbs involved. Their are a couple of spots were it is a little tough to follow the trail as it is not well marked and the map provided by the park is not very good. Overall, If your in the park take some time and check it out

Hiking Diva .
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First to Review

Nice easy trail that is worth hitting it at sunrise. Go slowly... so much to see as you loop around the lake. They should name it "Beaver Lake". You'll notice a lot of trees in various stages of chewing down. Many nothing more than 12-18 inch stumps. Then you will encounter a HUGE beaver lodge. Lots of various tracks - deer, racoons, river otters & others I haven't identified yet. On the advice of one of the Park Rangers, I brought a thermos of coffee & bagel and plopped myself down at a primo spot - could hear the falls in distance, watched geese, a few cranes and watched several deer grazing as the sun rose. More details, map, pics & suggestions on my blog below

Tim Hatcher
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Richard Shaw
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Regina Hamblen
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Michele Jones
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Ty Walker
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