Reelfoot Refuge Grassy Island Hiking 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 hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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. This is a short, easy hike for observing nature. We did see an eagle fly over and other various birds. Tall hardwood forest in wetlands with cane and other natural growth.
Short quick trail. Walked entire trail and turned around to walk back. I did not do a loop.
Nice relaxing stroll.
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.
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.