Route: Canal Loop Trail (KY)

Submitted by Cass Lynch on Thu, 12/17/2020 - 05:24am
Kentucky, US
10.4 mi
Vertical Gain
960 ft

The Canal Loop Trail is the premier mountain hiking/biking trail at Land Between The Lakes in Kentucky. Canal Loop Trail is an 10.4 mile single-track loop trail with 4 connectors that consist of another 3 miles of trail. It offers a variety of loops ranging from a little over 1-mile to the full 10.4 mile outer loop. Canal Loop Trail can be accessed from the North Welcome Station and Kentucky Lake Scenic Drive. Canal Loop Trail receives a very high amount of use on weekends by mountain bikers and hikers, and offers many scenic overlooks of Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, and the Canal.

Canal Loop Trail – Blue Diamonds ◊ – For Main outer loop 10.4 miles

The Canal Loop Trail is a fast single track trail for runners/mountain bikers with challenging hills on the Kentucky Lake portion of the trail. The trail crosses multiple creeks, old home sites, and forest roads. Canal Loop Trail offers opportunities to access both lakes’ shore.

GPS Track


I am going to do this FKT later on today. Somebody has to set a time down and get this FKT more active. The time won’t be too impressive and will easily be beat by many people, I’m just hoping this spurs more activity. My big goal is North South Trail 59 mile FKT that I plan to attempt in the near future. 

Thank you so much for opening up the FKT with a time now. Honestly whenever I made the route I figured it would have peaked a lot more interest. So it begins…. Lol 

Yes! Absolutely. Thanks for creating it! It is a route used very often so yes I am sure it will get much more activity now! I’m hoping I don’t have it long! ✔️👍

Hurray! More people on the trail!!! 

Nice run Cass! 

Thanks bud, figured I’d finally get out and run it since it was getting some more attention now 

Cass, your run has been a source of motivation. I've been trying but keep coming up short. I'm making progress though. I keep looking to see if you attempt it again with cooler weather. 

Glad to hear it man, keep it up and you will get it Im sure. I’ll prolly do it again if the time is lowered and falls.