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Grassy Island Trail is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Union City, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.1 mi Elevation gain 0 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bridge out

Bugs

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This is a flat, easy, wheel-chair accessible gravel trail with wooden platforms. There are benches along the trail to sit and enjoy the quiet or bird watch. There are two trail heads, which both exit to the main road by parking areas.

Two gravel areas at the entrance of each trailhead. Only bathrooms would be at the National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center - open 7 days a week 7 am to 3:30 pm. There is also an observation tower/walkway on the same road as the trail. Nice view of the lake and various wildlife.

http://www.fws.gov/reelfoot/

From Union City take TN-22 N/TN-22 Scenic N/Lake Dr/Old Lake Rd Continue to follow TN-22 N/TN-22 Scenic N 14.7 mi Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge 4343 Highway 157 Union City, TN 38261 ://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Union+City,+TN&daddr=Reelfoot+National+Wildlife+Refuge,+4343+Highway+157,+Union+City,+TN+38261&hl=en&ll=36.420454,-89.228554&spn=0.237312,0.445976&sll=36.440014,-89.336925&sspn=0.014828,0.027874&geocode=FSbKKwIdDhmx-il7x-Y6yhF5iDEHrxejj9DHRQ%3BFc4HLAIdo9Os-imp0e4sTQN5iDFO_UM6hC2fxg&oq=union+city&gl=us&mra=ls&t=m&z=12

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Cody Donaldson
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Hiking

Very well taken care of trail! There was a few benches along the path for you to sit and enjoy nature also a lot of signage telling you about different animals that you might see are that are native to the area

Melanie Hartman
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Hiking

So I talked my husband into hiking with me this time. It's June now and I would not recommend going this time of year. We got more exercise fighting off the flies, mosquitoes, and bugs in general. It was horrible! Not only that, someone did a little witchcraft love spell on the boardwalk. Glad we didn't interrupt it while it was happening. To each his own, but I am not into that. Not sure why they chose the middle of a hiking path but whatever. I will upload that picture for everyone to see. EDIT: Apparently, they're not going to allow me to post this photo, so just be aware that witchcraft takes place on that path. You can go to my profile and look through my pictures to see it.

Shane Brasher
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Hiking

Nice short trail, nothing spectacular.

Korie Hard
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HikingIcy

Had a great walk in the cold in Jan. 20, 2020. I brought with me my Siberian Husky and parents with snow flurries swirling around us. It was great and spot had icy due to temps in the 20’s.

Melanie Hartman
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HikingBridge out

Perfect for a short hike. The bridge was closed due to repairs but we walked it anyway along with the others walking on the trail behind us. Mosquitoes sucked bad, pun intended. Definitely wear bug spray.

bradley gibson
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Hiking

Bugs bugs bugs oh and biting bugs. Seriously spray down before this trail. Beautiful hike otherwise.

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jenna freeman
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Hiking

cute and easy to complete

Darren Scott
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just a nice trail

Katie Gibb
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Tons of bugs :( nice hike for kids and dogs but the bugs are so bad

Stephanie Alsup
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Hiking

Easy trail in the woods. Quiet walk. Enjoyed it!

Nate Butler
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Short quick trail. Walked entire trail and turned around to walk back. I did not do a loop.

Rachel Y.
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peaceful stroll

David Pennington
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Hiking

Nice relaxing stroll.

Dennis Parker
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Hiking

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.

Debby Maynard Merritt
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Walking
First to Review

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.

Jonathan Tolley
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Heather Diebold
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Mark Chambers
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Kyle Speelman
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Jeffery Karafa
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Larry Jarrett
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Ashley Nichols
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LaRoe David
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