Canal Loop - TRAIL

Canal Loop - Trail, Eddyville, Kentucky

All singletrack that winds around the edge of Barkley and Kentucky lake. There are numerous forks in the trail that will take you through different sections of the terain.

User Reviews (36)

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Borobiker   Weekend Warrior [Aug 30, 2015]

Convenient to I24, only 4 miles south. Start at the welcome center. Good maps there. Good flow, well marked. Lots of roots. Many ups and downs, but nothing too difficult. Total trip is 13-14 miles but you can use several cut offs to shorten the trip. Very good ride, highly recommended!

Customer Service

Start at the welcome center, cross the road and ride counter clockwise starting along Lake Barkley. Eventually ends back at the welcome center.

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5
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3
cyclone429   Cross Country Rider [Jul 31, 2011]

This is one of the best trails that i have riden. The views of the lake are great. The hills are steep but not two long and the trail was well cleared and marked. Anybody who is into Mountain biking and in the area i would recomended this ride. Coming from riding mostly rocky and rooty terrian in pennsy, This trail was not that technical, a few times i did not make it up the hills, but i was in the wrong gear.

Customer Service

started on lake kentucky, then went towards lake berkley

Similar Products Used: im not from this area, i can not recomend any other trails
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5
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3
bclagge   Weekend Warrior [Oct 06, 2010]

I rode the canal loop, not the N/S trail. 11 miles of fast and flowy singletrack. The trail goes up and down hills repeatedly with moderate climbs. Smooth packed dirt with some root and rock sections.

I was warned by two people locally how difficult the trail was and I've read the two most recent reviews that complain about it. I've been riding less than two years with under 2000 off road miles on a hard tail. I guess it's just a matter of preference, but I loved the trail and found it only moderately challenging.

Customer Service

Start across the street from the welcome station and take the trail counter clockwise. Even though it's a two way trail, the trail flow seemed designed to go that way. The roughest section of trail is the last one so if that's not to your liking you can just take that last shortcut at the end there.

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4
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3
mhr   Weekend Warrior [Oct 06, 2010]

I'm in agreement with hammermtb. This trail has been around for many years and is showing it's age for sure. There is a crew who try and maintain it, but what can you do with this level of erosion after the fact? IMBA standards were probably not around when this trail was first develop so it's going to require a major overhaul. I don't necessarily mind the level of ruggedness with all the exposed roots and stuff, it's just a different type of trail system and has it's own character. The main erosion problem has to do with the steep hills and s curve hills. If they would find a way to reroute these sections to be make them capable of being ridden, the enjoyment factor would go way up.

It's a great trail, but the difficulty level doesn't make people want to come here for a relaxing day of mountain biking. You must be prepared for the challenge unless you want to take a smaller loop and do less mileage.

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3
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4
hammermtb   Cross Country Rider [Sep 26, 2010]

Me and three friends rode the Canal Loop today for the first time this year and I must say this trail, or portions of it, are in a state of disrepair. We chose to ride it clockwise and were confronted with sand pits, which I assume are to help the obvious erosion problem there, and climbs that were almost impassable at best due to erosion, improper riding techniques, and lack of maintenance. I use to enjoy riding this trail, however, the section between the North Check-in station to the microwave tower (riding in a clockwise direction) was terrible. If we come back this year, we plan on riding counter clock wise to the bridge and turning around.

Customer Service

Counter-clockwise to the highway bridge and then turn around, unless you like riding through a quarry of loose rock down hill.

Similar Products Used: Montgomery Bell, Loch 4, Rotary Park
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2
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3
Elduder   Cross Country Rider [Mar 07, 2010]

If you dont ride the N/S trail you are wasting your time here. We alwasy include this gem on our rides. This trail has a lot less traffic than the loop and is more backcountry feel. This place has great flow and nice sometimes challenging climbs but nothing over the top. When you are on the N/S trail there is always a bailout just up ahead since the land mass is so narrow the road is just a bit away. The N/S trail does run 30 miles and the more south you go the steeper the climbs are so keep that in mind.

Customer Service

I love to start at the road that takes to you too Birmingham Ferry. You go about a mile or so down this road till see a dirt pull off on the right. Park here the trail crosses the road here. If you go south it is 23 miles to the south trail head. This is a very tough out and back. We prefer to go north to the canal loops. This is about 10 miles of pure mountain biking joy. Just ripping fast trail great climbs just everything you could ask for in a ride. Plus it feels real back country and it feels you are going somewhere. You get on those loop trails and you just never feel like you are going any place. You can then head back or do the Canal loops for a 30 miles ride. Good thing about this you can refill your water on at the north welcome station.

Similar Products Used: We came from Montgomery Bell SP by Nashville, TN. This is about 2.5 hours away and makes for a fantastic weekend of riding.
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5
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4
braider33   Cross Country Rider [Jun 12, 2009]

Nothing new to report. My main reason for posting a review is to thank the crew at woodnwave.com. After planning on driving from Clarksville, TN the night before, I was pissed to wake up to thunder storms at 1:30am. Figuring my trip was a wash I was less than pleased. I decided to check the website because it was mentioned that they update trail status daily and sure enough, Eddyville hadn't received much rain and they said the trails were fine. 80 miles later I arrived to find out they were in fact rideable.

Customer Service

Road the loop beginning at the North Welcome Center as recommended. From there you just make sure you're seeing blue marker strips on trees and you know you're headed the right way. Lots of cool terrain. Encountered a couple snakes on the trail but they were quickly bi-passed. Worth the drive and I plan on making it a monthly trip or so.

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5
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4
MtnSpectre   Cross Country Rider [May 25, 2009]

Camped at Nickel Branch which was convient because the trail was only 100 meters from my tent. Rode it counter-clock wise from there. The first 6 miles was fast and open. The trail flowed and not tight. It's been a while since I've seen a trail like that. I really enjoyed it. At mile 6 is where the hills started coming. I'm a firm believer in "You gotta go up to come down". The loop brought me around to the welcome center where I found another trail that took me to the loop again. I rode toward the welcome center again and got on the north south trail. Found my way back to the welcome center and crossed over the Trace for the last few miles of the trail. I put in about 17 miles on the trails. Like the previous poster said. There are obstacles that are easily bypassed if you aren't feeling up to them. They are fun though. I'm sure I would have ridden 12 miles if I didn't get onto the north south trail. There are other riders and hikers on the trail so beware.

Customer Service

I enjoyed counter-clock wise but I could see the fun of going either way.

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5
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3
Ace_Brown43   Cross Country Rider [Dec 21, 2006]

The Canal Loop has changed some in the past few years. It is getting more technical as time and traffic has taken it's toll. More roots are exposed and some rocky sections have developed. Also there are more and more technical features sich as water bars (really jumps), log rides, etc. Sure it is still rated as a beginner trail as there are go arounds for the harder features so it can be easily ridden by all but the newest newbie. It is one of those trails where speed makes all the difference. At speed the trail can be blazing fast and the fun factor shoots up. Just be careful of other riders and hikers who use the trail mostly on nice fall and spring days.

Customer Service

Usually ridden counter clockwise starting at the North Welcome Station parking lot but it can be enjoyed in either direction. There are connectors that cross from the the east and west sides of the trail whic can add variety to the trail and extend your ride. Next time try doing a figure 8 using one of the connectors.

Please do not ride these trails when wet. Riding here is a privledge, not a right. LBL often closes the trail when conditions get bad.

Current trail conditions can be found at www.woodnwave.com

Similar Products Used: The North/South rtrail is open to mountain biking from Golden Pond Visitor Center to the North Welcome Station, 31 miles of nearly continous singletrack.

There are two races held here: The White Lightning held in the spring on the Canal Loop and the Bald Eagle Challenge, a long point-to-point race done on the North/South in the fall.

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5
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3
Cabin Fever   Cross Country Rider [Mar 09, 2005]

This trail is some of the most well-manicured singletrack i've ever ridden. the local riders who maintain it really see it as their baby, and it shows. it seemed to have to "sections" - roughly half the trail is super mega-flowing singletrack that will leave you grinning but not aching. the other half or so is a little more technical, with a few more hills and rocks. nothing too crazy. if you do it counter clockwise, you'll hit the technical stuff first. this trail is like a good prostitute - it take much from you, and afterwards you feel completely a totally satisfied. the saying "no pain, no gain" does not apply here.

Customer Service

counter clockwise - you'll hit the technical stuff first this way; it just seems to flow better, almost as if it were designed to be ridden this direction. don't worry though, no matter what way you ride it, you'll be grinning.

Similar Products Used: Barkley
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RATING
5
VALUE
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3
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