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Location: Near Carthage, on the north side of Cordell Hull Lake east of Tennessee 85.
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.
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.
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.
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 DocumentsBrochure: USACE Bearwaller Gap Brochure
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
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