John C. Clayborn Millennium Trail and Merritt Ridge Trail Loop

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John C. Clayborn Millennium Trail and Merritt Ridge Trail Loop is a 7.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Silver Point, Tennessee that features a lake and is rated as difficult. 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.

DISTANCE
7.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1729 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

To access the Merritt Ridge Loop, head to the trailhead for the Jack Clayborn Millennium Loop. Hike in until you reach the sign (about a mile). The entire hike totals about 7.8 miles.

hiking
3 days ago

Tough 8 miles with some good coaster-age. 4 stars for lack of real views.

hiking
11 days ago

Went in August. Spiderwebs everywhere. Only made it .7 in before I decided against purchasing the whole silk shirt. Getting 3 star for being average for TN from what I was able to see before I backed out. Will re-visit review in winter, and reassess.

hiking
17 days ago

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hiking
2 months ago

trail running
2 months ago

Great run; highly recommended. Veritable roller coaster. Definitely "lightly trafficked" with somewhat overgrown trails in parts, but they lead to amazing ridgetop lines and lake overlooks.

hiking
3 months ago

An excellent all-around hike. Great terrain variety, almost everything you can imagine on one hike except waterfalls. (The midpoint of the Merritt Ridge loop drops you to a surprisingly remote spot on the lake.)

3 months ago

3 months ago

can get strenuous going up two large hills besides that pretty nice

hiking
3 months ago

2nd most difficult trail ive done besides Bear Waller Gap. lots of hills. 8.3 mi total. again lots of hills. found a total of 6 ticks on me. Doesn't go to water!! Waves to rocky on the hill near the end. the lake next to it is gorgeous though!!!! perfect for dogs and swimming. just needs to go to water for more stars. or be by it. not just. a small creek or a cliff BY the lake.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

4/15/17 Walked Millennium loop trail: 2.5 mile loop. Pleasant walk, enough uphill to get a good workout. Loops around a long hollow with two old home sites. ( just fireplace ruins and steps left) Numerous wildflowers. Trail in great condition. Good walk if you only have an hour or so and need a workout.

4 months ago

4 months ago

Really enjoyed the trail. Sparsely populated enough to let the dog run. Lots of challenging climbs but well maintained trails. No breathtaking views, but a couple nice places along the way to stop for a lunch break. Probably a little tough for little kids, but a fun workout otherwise.

backpacking
4 months ago

Nice trail, not as many views as I would have liked. Lots of spiderwebs

hiking
4 months ago

Doing the whole trail including Merritt Ridge is well worth it. The views of the lake are gorgeous, with places to access the lake, great picnic spots on large rocks along lakeshore. Plenty of wildflowers. Great workout.

4 months ago