Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Dover with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Had a fun hike with my son today today! Would up doing 5.3 miles... A hot day but great exercise none the less...

backpacking
1 month ago

Spent 2 nights on the trail. Nothing super awesome about it but perfect for a weekend getaway. Everything was pretty well marked and navigation was easy.

hiking
1 month ago

2 July 2018. I did the Bear Creek Loop Trail with my 10 year old grandson as a warm up for a trip to Washington state for a week of hiking. The route was about seven miles. Worst hike I have ever done. Riddled with spider webs across the path, big and tiny ticks of every sort and poorly marked through portions. If you do the hike, don't be the first one on the trail and you won't have a problem with the webs. If you are the first, then plan on an encounter ever fifth step. Recommend doing the trail Counterclockwise. The trail head for the counterclockwise direction is next to some picnic benches by the parking lot. if you complete the loop you will enter a number of planted field where there are scads of tics. Long pants and spray are a must for this trail. Funny enough we had no trouble with mosquitos. Note there are numerous connecting trails along this loop and double naming of the sections, so be sure to pick up a decoding map at the South Visitor Station before you leave. you will need it along the route. Finally, Forest Service Road 230 bridge is out so you can not drive to the start of the other trail heads in the area.

backpacking
3 months ago

There are dozens of awesome trails here. All Trails doesn't show all of them. Get on LBL's website and get the map. I've posted a picture on here of my map.

Great campground and easy walking trail.

Beautiful, hardly any people & wonderful views, plus bald eagles working the river!

Way too "industrial." Trail was horribly marked, I drifted off at least 6 times. It took a park ranger to tell me where the trail even began. Also, 1/3rd of the trail was by busy roads. I'm serious. Of course, it is busy partly because of the historic sites, but for a large portion of the trail, you can hear trucks and cars going down the highway. I wouldn't recommend this trail if you like solitude and exploring nature. The best part of the trail was that some parts were challenging to traverse, but that's really about all.

Trail is hard to follow, not a lot of trail markers. A bit rocky and rooty, if carrying a weighted pack it can be rough on the ankles. Trail is a good trainer. Nice up hill segments. Would ruck again.

hiking
8 months ago

AllTrails' map only shows ONE trail, PIckett Loop, of this extensive trail system that runs from Boswell Landing Backcountry Area to Piney Campground to the South Welcome Station. There are literally dozens of miles of beautiful, wide, easy-to-moderate trails here. Get the actual map from landbetweenthelakes.us and plan a hiking or backpacking trip. It's well worth the time.

Pretty area. The battlefield is very well kept but the trail must not be used often enough. There were spiders and cobwebs across the middle of the trail almost every step you took. It was too many to be enjoyable; ended up being more spider battling than hiking and relaxing.

backpacking
11 months ago

My son and I did a 16 mile overnight hike there this week end. There were plenty of springs and wild life and we only saw two other people the whole trip. This is a great trail system because you hike for a few hours or a few days by utilizing the different trails to make different routes.

mountain biking
Monday, August 14, 2017

First time riding this trail. I plan too go back again.

Couple of Marking missing but otherwise an amazing Hike.

Not a bad trail, pretty well kept. The only issue is they are not very well marked. There are some little side trails and cuts that you can mistake for the actual trail.

walking
Saturday, August 05, 2017

Came here with my husband and our two dogs today. The main road is nice to walk along and you can stop at all the tour spots. We attempted to walk along the trail but every 3 feet we would end up with a huge spider&web in our faces because the trail is not walked often enough, so that got old fast and we turned around after about 1/3 of a mile. Very pretty area. Be warned, there are thousands of tiny little ticks out there, we came home and had two on our puppy, haven't found any on our Aussie yet because of her hair but they will both be getting baths even though they have flea and tick prevention. I found 7 total on myself smaller than a needle and will be rechecking my husband for them, found 3 on him earlier. I would recommend going and sticking to the main roads but be prepared to check every inch of your body later.

hiking
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Completed the Pickett Loop today just fine. Marker #24 was gone and many trees were down across the trail. Reported that to the welcome center and she said she would pass it on for clearing. If marker #24 is still missing when you go out, just stay on the main path and you'll wind your way back around to #23 and make it back to the trail head #1. Where all the trees were down was overgrown some so I don't think it's been walked much lately. You feel like you're off the path but just keep moving forward and when it cuts back away from the water and you starting going up in elevation you know you've made it through. The blue markers are still there to affirm your path. Spent a good 4 hours hiking two trails and going for a swim.

hiking
Monday, January 23, 2017

VERY NICE VIEWS!! TRAIL DOES NEED BETTER MARKINGS WHEN CROSSING FIRE BREAKS AND HISTORICAL AREAS. LOTS OF HISTORY TO SEE AND EXPERIENCE HERE.

hiking
Sunday, November 13, 2016

Nice views of river.

hiking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Nice hike with some steep hills and a few snakes

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

Nice hike. However, nowhere is it explained that the fort is submerged under Kentucky Lake. Found this important fact out at the trail head. Would have been nice to know, helpful info.

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

Didnt walk the whole trail - but likely about half way. It has some moderately steepness.

Friday, July 01, 2016

best campground ever been to....absolutely perfect for all ages

it was a great trail well marked lots of interesting sites

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Easy hike with lots of interesting history to be seen, enjoyable

hiking
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Beautiful, well kept/well marked, moderate terrain with the added benefit of having great historical significance.

walking
Sunday, January 11, 2015

Excellent trails great woodland views! Even met other hikers out on the trails which is something that I have not previously had occur.

Be sure to check out the maps as they will help keep you from getting lost!

hiking
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

It was just okay :/ The view was not as spectacular as the brochure boasted

hiking
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A nice loop trail. This is part of the National Battlefield. It is worth watching the short video and talking w/ the rangers at the visitor center prior to hiking. You learn a lot and it adds to the experience of hiking in a historic area. I went after some serious rain so the creeks/rivers were high and the trails closest to the river were flooded.

on Fort Henry Trails

hiking
Sunday, January 01, 2012

Love this set of trails! There is something for any distance, any ability, and every day of the week! Pickett loop is a favorite for my 7 year old, 5 year old, and 2 year old (who spends about 1/2 the time in his backpack).

hiking
Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I love the Fort Henry Trail System!! It's got a mix of everything - nature walks, geographic interest, historical significance. The Land Between the Lakes area used to be inhabited but residents were forced off the land in the 1940s/50s by imminent domain. There is still evidence of the towns and townspeople, including structures, old roads, and family cemeteries. It's also historically significant in that Confederate troops marched through that area defending the South. There are many Confederate soldiers buried in the LBL cemeteries.
There are several trails within the Ft Henry system, enabling hikers and campers to taylor their experience to their ability and time. Shorter loops link longer trails together, so hikers can walk for minutes, hours, or days.

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