Trail: Eagle Point Overnight Trail
Location: Mousetail Landing State Park - Linden, TN
Trail Length: 8 Miles
I suspect that the Eagle Point Overnight Trail is the best marked trail in all of Tennessee's state park system. Spray-painted blue blazes are everywhere. They are on every other tree. They are on roots. They are on rocks. One would have to be near blind or severely impaired by hallucinogens to become lost on this one. One of the rangers told my girlfriend that children had been tasked with blazing the trails, and their enthusiasm is noted in large swaths of royal blue bark at every step. While no spectacular vistas or mind-blowing features are found on this trail, I can relate to the young tree-tagging advocates. This is a really nice, expansive trail located within a well-designed park, and both seem to be a bit under appreciated in a state dominated by the more dramatic mountains of the east.
*Tip: If you're heading to Mousetail for car-camping, consider getting campsite 24. It's a bit pricier than other spots ($20/night) because it's designated for RVs, but it backs right into the woods and offers a side trail that takes you right to the Eagle Point trail, probably shaving a mile off of the stem portion. The advantage here is having all of the "glamping" amenities of car camping with the easy trail access of backpacking. During our visit, we had the ENTIRE campground to ourselves.
|Shelter 1 on the Overnight Trail|
|This sparse tree stood out in one the rockier sections of the trail. According to the rangers, rattlesnakes have been seen in this section.|
|Here's a view from the trail of Lick Creek near its juncture with the Tennessee River.|
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