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The trail is a little odd. It kinda starts at the end of the Riverwalk but isn't clearly marked. Also you have to cross multiple streets to stay on the path. With that said, myself, my MIL, and our young children had a great time and I will be walking it again. We walked from the beginning of the Riverwalk to the end of the Upland trail and back with a double stroller. The whole trail is paved.
The North Loop is part of a tour of the Parker's Crossroads Battlefield, and explores sites relating to the onset of the battle fought on December 31, 1862. The trail has historical markers and occasional benches. It winds across an open field except for tree-lined path at the start and a single cool grove of trees which is very welcome on a hot day. As a battlefield nut, I really enjoyed the historical interpretation and would like to get back again because it appears from satellite views that the trail has been lengthened to a field south of Wildersville Road since I walked it.
This trail interprets the Battle of Parker's Crossroads, December 31, 1862. Another loop trail north of Interstate 40 also describes part of the battle. Both trails are part of a driving tour of the Parker's Crossroads Battlefield Association. The South Loop Trail starts at a large parking lot and kiosk and proceeds along a level paved track through mostly fields with a shady grove and the edge of a forest. One trail branch leads east through forest and over uneven ground about 1000 feet to a Confederate artillery position. A branch off this artillery trail leads south through the forest beside a shallow ravine.This is a very enjoyable walk and a chance to explore a really interesting battle with a surprise ending.
The trail is a generally straight cool walk through forest to the Hatchie River and back. It follows the historic trace of State Line Road to the river, but the bridge which used to be at the end of the trail washed out years ago. A few small clearings along the way provide rest stops, and one of these has graves and markers of both Confederate and Union soldiers who were killed here during the battle. There is unpaved parking for a couple of cars at the trailhead. The location is pretty remote and is managed by the Shiloh Military Park.