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Hickory Ridge Outer Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chapel Hill, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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 2.7 mi Elevation gain 121 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

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Getting There

Hickory Ridge trail outer loop showcases some of the park's most diverse ecosystems, sink holes and cedar glades. Both are places of amazing diversity and contain plants and animals that are not found in any other type of landscape. This trail also connects to Adeline Wilhoite River Trail via a half mile connector trail.

Trail head and parking is located just inside the campgrounds area at the park

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Jason Basham
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Hiking

I enjoyed hiking this trail with my girlfriend, kids, and dog. There was tall grass in the middle and side of the trail about half way in and led to us finding several ticks on us during the hike. We would stop every 5 minutes or so and check our legs and probably had about 30 ticks between the 5 of us and the dog. I’ve never had an issue with ticks while hiking before and I recommend wearing some type of repellent while the tall grass is present. It was also muddy due to all the recent rain.

Rain Dancer
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HikingRocky
Matt Wormer
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HikingMuddy

Great trail with the weather and very shaded. Easy to add and modify the loop you want to take. Parked at the Camp Store and very central location to start and end at. Wetlands were dry, but would be even more scenic when more water. Friendly staff at the Camp store and gave great tips. Enjoyed hiking near the Duck River.

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Elizabeth S.
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HikingMuddy

Trail is convenient to the campsite and extremely well-marked. The entire trail is flat and kid-friendly. There's really nothing of interest along the way and we saw people using it to run, which is probably a better use for it than hiking. It was a bit muddy, having rained 3-4 days prior, but not so bad that it should deter anyone.

William Pullias
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HikingMuddy

A good trail for beginners but a bit muddy after some rain

Candace Caneer
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such a great hike

Sean Bray
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Hiking

Well maintained, well marked trail. Mostly shaded with a great forested view. It's an easy hike but there is an "Inner loop" to cut the walk short if you should so desire. The directions to the trail head take you to the camping site but there isn't a lot of parking space; better to stay on the road just a little further and there is a better place to park and you will only cut out a couple/few hundred feet at most.

Dusty Orton
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Hiking

shady trail

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Rachel McLaughlin
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Hiking

I want to try this one again but as a beginner the end part of this trail was not marked well. I got totally turned around and confused and off trail.

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Kelly Rupp
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Hiking

My favorite trail at Henry Horton!

Joseph McCool
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Great hike over all. Volunteers needed for trail maintenance.

Richard Harris
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Hiking

very interesting about 3 mile loop through karst with lots of sinkholes and slots. Fun trail, well worth the hike.

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Jennifer Kinjorski
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Nice easy relaxing hike. We hiked it just after a good snow and had the trail all to ourselves.

Audrey Lloyd
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Hiking

We had the trail to ourselves for the full two hours it took to hike it. The trail is well kept, but be sure to prep for bugs/ticks.

Blakeley Bunch
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Hiking

Nice easy hike. My friend picked up a lot of ticks so make sure you check for them.

Azure U.
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Quiet loop.

Alicia Babyok
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I enjoyed all the shade trees and taking pictures of undisturbed foliage. I agree, it is advisable to pay attention to footing.

RaeAnna Goss
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This is one of my all time favorite hikes! We love the cedar glade opening and all the sinkholes!

Misfit Wanderer
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Great for a day hike, alone.

Allyson Barnard
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Hiking

did the outer loop and had a great hike. did pick up several seed ticks and hit every spider web lol but other than that it was a great hike. wish I saw some of the local wildlife besides the spiders but oh well maybe another time.

Tommy Morris
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Hiking

Well, I planned to hike the Hickory Ridge Outer Trail but, along the way I discovered the River Trail. Not knowing where it lead, I took it.

Josh Geiger
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Hiking
Rachel Burns
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Great trail. My four and 11 year old did good on this trail. I felt like it was longer than 2.7 miles. We hiked both loops and it took us exactly 2 hours.

Jon Pack
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Hiking

Decent little trail. Super muddy when I went. I saw no one on the trail. More like 2.5 miles.

David Bassett
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Walking

Walked/hiked it this past Sunday morning. At 9am the trails were empty, had the woods to myself. Pay attention to hazards if you are wearing walking shoes you may get a poke through your sole. The Duck was flowing well, golfers could be heard yelling expletives on the course opposite Wilhoite/River trails. The Wetlands trail was mostly dry and newly cut but of little interest other than peeper frogs. It was disturbing seeing private property owner's deer stands just on the other side of the park property fence. Made me a little leery. All in all, a good time of day, lots of privacy, could imagine this being overrun by dogs, kids and trail bikes even though they are prohibited (bikes, I mean.) Dense forest--wasn't at all disturbed by traffic noise other than the occasional train.

Buddy Baldwin
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Hiking

Nice trail with some good wildflowers in spring.

Kevin Fridley
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Running

Fun trail. Runners, beware; Stumblestiltkin Trail is what I'd call it! HA! Pay attention to footing. Rock tips & protruding root structures litter certain portions, just pay attention. Hikers be sure to check out the limestone beds & rock crevices, sort of cave like structures. We ran this on 12/3/16 w chilly 47 degree temps w drizzle, still fun trek through the woods. Saw 4 deer twice on this loop, we circled them around after spooning them the 1st sighting. This trail reminded me of the 5 mile Hidden Springs loop at Cedars of Lebanon. Only complaint is sound of road traffic on occasion. Still, great trek through some dense forest.

Terry Mills
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Backpacking

Decent amount of miles for a little exercise if you combine the outer loop and the river trail , not much to see tho really .

Jess Fehling
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Hiking

Pretty trail, a little busier than some others but not by much. Multiple options for trails. I took the first trail, the outer loop and then the river trail but never found my way closer to the water. There's a cool overlook spot with stairs leading up to a deck but unfortunately you can't see much of interest up there (at least in mid October, could be completely different earlier in the year). I'll be visiting again in the Spring for a fair trial. :)

Sue Bruno
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Hiking

Great trail. Well marked. Deep, rock sink holes were awesome! A must do if you are in the area. The staff at Henry Horton State Park were friendly and efficient.

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