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.

4.1 miles
223 feet

dogs on leash



nature trips

road biking

trail running





wild flowers


1 month ago

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.

3 months ago

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.

7 months ago


Wednesday, October 04, 2017

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.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Nice view of the lake for a couple miles

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Beautiful lake views on GG. Mostly level.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

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.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

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.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

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

Monday, September 10, 2012

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.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

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

Sunday, February 12, 2012

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.

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