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Tennessee

Bearwaller Gap Hiking Trail

photo: East-end trail entrance at Defeated Creek Campground. Photo by Donna Kridelbaugh.

Length: 5.60 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Camping
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: Near Carthage, on the north side of Cordell Hull Lake east of Tennessee 85.
State(s): Tennessee
Counties: Smith
Longitude: -85.9526
Latitude: 36.3008

Driving Directions

Take I-40 to the Carthage exit. Go approximately 7 miles north to highway 263. Take highway 263 to the Scenic Overlook (Tater Knob) trailhead.
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Take I-40 to the Carthage exit. Go approximately 7 miles north to highway 263. Take highway 263 to highway 85. Go right approximately 2 miles on highway 85 to Defeated Creek Park. Trailhead is at Defeated Creek Campground Parking Lot.

Description


This trail was traveled by a
NRT Ambassador on 03/16/2021.

This is one of the finest paths in Middle Tennessee. It extends along the wooded and rugged shoreline of Cordell Hull Lake for more than 5 miles, passing waterfalls, old homesites, and rocky overlooks. It will challenge hardy hikers as it climbs and descends numerous times.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Soil, Compacted
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: 505
Elevation High Point: 859
Elevation Gain (cumulative): 1,609 feet

Year Designated:
1978

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Brochure: USACE Bearwaller Gap Brochure

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

US Army Corps of Engineers
Cordell Hull Lake
71 Corps Lane
Carthage, TN 37030
(615) 735-1034

https://www.lrn.usace.army.mil/Locations/Lakes/Cordell-Hull-Lake/

 

Photos

East-end trail entrance at Defeated Creek Campground. Photo by Donna Kridelbaugh.

East-end trail entrance at Defeated Creek Campground. Photo by Donna Kridelbaugh.

West-end trail entrance at Tater Knob Scenic Overlook. Photo by Donna Kridelbaugh.

West-end trail entrance at Tater Knob Scenic Overlook. Photo by Donna Kridelbaugh.

 

Two Prong primitive camping site located along the trail. Photo by Donna Kridelbaugh.

Two Prong primitive camping site located along the trail. Photo by Donna Kridelbaugh.

The hiking trail traces the shoreline of Cordell Hull Lake and is blazed in blue dots. Photo by Donna Kridelbaugh.

The hiking trail traces the shoreline of Cordell Hull Lake and is blazed in blue dots. Photo by Donna Kridelbaugh.

 

Trail gently winds through a mossy forest. Photo by Donna Kridelbaugh.

Trail gently winds through a mossy forest. Photo by Donna Kridelbaugh.

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