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BRITTON FORD HIKING TRAIL
by Steve McCadams
 

    Itís that time of year Ė donít you just want to be outdoors?  The days are finally cooler, what better time to enjoy the fall weather and take a walk on a nature trail?  Fortunately, Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge offers the Britton Ford Hiking Trail only 15 minutes from Paris.  This 2.5-mile trail is open to everyone every day.  
    Britton Ford Hiking Trail is a 2 mile loop trail with a Ĺ mile extension. The trail is a woodland trail featuring several overlook views of Kentucky Lake.  One such overlook is only ľ mile from the parking lot, offering a view to those not wishing a longer hike.  The trail offers tree identification, interpretive signs and an outdoor classroom at the trailhead.  It has been a favorite for classroom and home school field trips, as well as girl and boy scout troop outings.  The trailhead itself is situated on a hill with a spectacular panoramic view of the lake on the refuge and Sulphur Well Island.
     Hikers coming from Paris will take highway 79 N. and turn right on Nobles Road just before the Tacklebox convenient store.  At the end of that road turn left onto Elkhorn Road.  At a sharp curve to the left go straight onto a lesser paved road which soon turn to gravel.  Signs will direct you to the Britton Ford trailhead.  Hikers coming from Kentucky Lake will take 79 South, turning left onto Oak Grove Road.  At the end of that road turn left onto Elkhorn Road and follow the directions above.
    For more information about Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge and our Friends group we invite you to visit the refuge website at http://www.fws.gov/tennesseerefuge/

 

Steve McCadams is a professional hunting and fishing guide here in the Paris Landing area. He has also contributed many outdoor oriented articles to various national publications.

 


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