Defeated Creek Recreation Area and Campground is located on a lush peninsula that borders the Cumberland River and Cordell Hull Lake. The area is known for its cleanliness and outdoor opportunities like swimming, fishing, and, of course, hiking. Bearwaller Gap Hiking Trail leads you from the midst of the area’s rocky region straight to the stunning Cordell Hull Lake, and though it is one of these state’s lesser known hiking routes, it remains one of the most diverse. A whopping 2,500 feet of elevation gain will keep you on your toes, and the multiple overlooks and waterways will keep you going on this beautiful trail in Tennessee.
The Bearwaller Gap Hiking Trail is located in the Defeated Creek Recreation Area in Carthage, Tennessee. At 11.7 miles in total, the out-and-back trail is known for leading folks to the pristinely beautiful Cordell Hull Lake by way of a challenging elevation gain.
The trail is easy to follow and marked with blue spots. You will follow the riverfront for miles; and though this meandering trail in Tennessee is beautiful, you will want to plan for rugged conditions. There are quite a few rocky areas where you will need to pay close attention to your footwork.
Spring and fall are the best times to hike along this Tennessee lake trail, mainly because when there is less foliage on the trees you will be able to see more of the area’s view. There are quite a few shady sections for respite during a hot day, and you can cool off at Cordell Hull Lake when you’ve finished.
Here you can see the waterfront just beyond the trail. With no foliage on the trees, it is much easier to see, but if you choose to visit during the lusher Tennessee months be prepared for a sweet surprise at the end of your hike. That view! That lake! The river!
Dogs are allowed on the trail if they are kept on a leash, and the hike is popular for hikers, mountain bikers, and bird watchers. You can plan on parking at the free lot at the trailhead. The route, unfortunately, is not wheelchair friendly.