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Location: Near Horseshoe Bend on S shore of Cordell Hull Lake of US 70N, E of Lebanon. (recertified 1992)
Take I-40 to the Carthage exit. Go north approximately 7 miles to Highway 263. Take Highway 263 to the entrance to Cordell Hull Dam and Lake. Go approximately ½ mile and trail head is on the left. Note: The trail can be accessed from the Cordell Hull Lake visitor center or from the parking lot just past the visitor center.
The Cordell Hull Dam site offers a wide range of recreation options. Interpretive programs and displays are available at the Resource Manager's Office. A reservable shelter anchors the family friendly day use area with playground, grills, volleyball court, and restroom facilities. Nature lovers can view white-tailed deer, turkeys, and more. On the Turkey Creek Nature Trail, hikers will find many native tree species labeled. The ½ mile ADA accessible Mocking Bird Loop of the Turkey Creek Nature Trail is located between the Visitor’s Center and the Dam.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: 482
Elevation High Point: 538
Elevation Gain (cumulative): 99 feet
Year Designated: 1981
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsWebsite: US Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District
For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.
US Army Corps of Engineers
Cordell Hull Lake
71 Corps Lane
Carthage, TN 37030
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Turkey Creek Nature Trail is a 0.5-mile, paved loop trail located near the Cordell Hull Lake visitor center. The trail can be accessed from the visitor center or the parking lot just past the visitor center on the left side of the road. Across the street are a picnic and playground area and restroom facilities. Nearby is the Cordell Hull Dam site with fishing opportunities. It’s also just a short drive north on Turkey Creek Highway/263 to access the Cordell Hull Lake overlook recreation area, which features an elevated viewing platform that is accessible and offers scenic views of the lake and Cumberland River valley. The overlook area also encompasses one of the trailheads for the Bearwaller Gap National Recreation Trail. Overall, the Cordell Hull Dam site would make an enjoyable day trip for anyone visiting the area. Please remember to leave no trace and pack out your trash while on the trail.
December 11, 2019
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