Gallaher Bend



Distance: 2.7 miles (one-way)
Rating:easy
Elevation: 805' to 920' profile
Surface: dirt/gravel
Maps: USGS Quadrangles: Bethel Valley, Lovell, Greenways map or Google map/image/topo and iPhone google map
Access: This gated gravel road (Bull Bluff Road) starts from the west end of Clark Center Recreation Park off of Bethel Valley Road at the Scarboro Road intersection. Park at the softball fields or swimming area. We have GPS waypoints (.gpx), maps, and driving directions for some of the trail heads at trail-head parking.

The paved road to the swimming area is closed to motorized vehicles during the winter months. The area is closed for three spring weekend turkey hunts. For 2017, the area is closed dawn til noon, March 25, April 8-9 and 22-23. See reservation hunt info. The Bull Bluff road is closed for deer hunting one weekend in October, November, and December each year. In the fall 2017, the area is closed Nov 4-5, 11-12, and Dec 9-10. In addition, the area is closed the Saturday before each scheduled hunt weekend for scouting.

See trail map or or Google map/image/topo

Description: The Gallaher Bend Road (a.k.a, Bull Bluff Road) is part of the DOE reservation off of the west end of Clark Center Recreation Park. Pedestrian and bicycle access to the road was obtained by Greenways Oak Ridge in cooperation with the City of Oak Ridge and DOE. See the Oak Ridger article (May, 1997) describing the Gallaher Bend greenway. In 2007, the gravel was extended along the edge of the woods to the end of the loop.

From the west end of the pavement, start on a packed gravel road. Go around the gate. The gravel road gently rolls 2 miles through the woods before it splits into a loop. Sinkhole at 35.939585,-84.246683. The eastern portion of the loop is dirt and may be overgrown in summer.

For the 4.5 mile out-and-back, the cumulative climb is 620' with some 20% grades. See elevation profile. GPS track for an 8-mile jog along the pavement to the start of woods loop and back.

For more info on Oak Ridge, visit the Oak Ridge Visitors Bureau.


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Also see Pellissippi blueway
Revised 12/14/98 by Tom Dunigan