Bearwaller Gap Hiking Trail

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Trail Distance: 5.7 miles
Time Estimate: 2 hr 40 min +
Elevation Gain: 347 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description

You'll find a pawesome hike in central Tennesse on the Bearwaller Gap Trail. This rugged pathway goes over bluffs and rolling hills on the northern edge of Cordell Hull Lake. Restrooms are available at either end of the route, and there's a campground on the Defeated Creek end of the trail. Travel out and back through mixed woods on the lane to get scenic views and look for resident wildlife. It's best to visit here in early spring or in the fall when the ground cover isn't too overgrown. There are no listed hours for the trail, but the quiet hours for Defeated Creek are 10 pm to 6 am.

The western trailhead starts from the Bearwaller Gap Trail - Tater Knob Overlook parking lot. The platform here offers a panoramic view of the Cumberland River. Descend from the overlook, heading south to the river then take an eastward turn near the shoreline. This end of the route has a gravel surface and travels over gently rolling hills as it follows the water. There's a primitive campsite about 2.5 miles into the trek at Two Prong. After this, the path converts to a natural surface. You'll traverse a series of inclines and descents with some scenic viewpoints of the lake as you continue on the way. Some stretches are quite steep here, so consider bringing a hiking pole.

Bring Fido with you to explore this property, but keep them on a cord or leash. There are water refill stations along the way for your convenience. Take care of the natural resources by removing and packing out any waste.

Bearwaller Gap Trail offers a challenging hike for you and your furry pal. This pawtastic pathway involves some steep climbs and overlooks. As you wander through the woods, you'll probably see wildlife like deer, quail, wild turkeys, and water birds. The route gets light use, so you may have the area to yourself when you come here. 

Trail Features
Forest, Steep Inclines, River, Lake
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
There are lots of ticks and mosquitos here. Wear bug spray and long pants. Check yourself and your pooch after your outing.
Address
283 Turkey Creek Rd
Carthage, TN 37030
Hours
Mon 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Address
283 Turkey Creek Rd
Carthage, TN 37030
Hours
Mon 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM