Route: Fort Henry Loop (TN)

Submitted by zlever on Mon, 02/14/2022 - 09:59am
Tennessee, US
21 mi
Vertical Gain
2,093 ft

Here's your chance to embark on a journey endured by former President General Ulysses G. Grant himself. You will literally retrace the exact trails that are still very much intact today that were utilized by Grant and his Soldiers as they advanced to attack Fort Donaldson on a pleasant day in Feb of 1862, a day that would go from warm and sunny to brutally cold, rainy and snowy within 24 hours.

Description: Since this is a loop, it may be run in either direction so long as you start the loop and finish at the number 22 sign. 

- start at the #22 sign (see photo -start is circled in green), there is an obvious sign to take a starting photo with, put your hand on the sign, start your watch and take off.

- run approx. 1.25 miles to sign #21. Here you have a choice. You can run the loop clockwise and head north toward sign #2 or continue moving east counter-clockwise toward sign #20. If you go counter-clockwise the order of signs you must follow are 22,21,20,18,17,16,15, 11, 12, 13, 14. #14 sign is the South Welcome station. Once you reach South welcome  station head north on the North/South trail and after approx. 2.2 miles you will reach the Fort Henry/North/South Trail connection (see additional photos), head south/left toward sign #10. Once at sign #10 follow sign numbers 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 back to 21 and than finish at sign #22 marker where you started.

- tag #22 sign and stop your time.

- smile and feel good about what you have just completed, a wonderful loop, surrounded by nature in great abundance, along a historical route retracing the exact routes used in our great, terrible civil war.

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