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  • Williams Hollow Loop

    Williams Hollow Loop

    Woodland path through both highlands and lowlands. A little over two miles with some large elevation changes. Moderate to strenuous.

    Another trail that starts at the Elkhorn Tavern, the Williams Hollow Loop takes you along Broad Ridge and some of the steepest elevation changes in the park. The degree of the trail depends upon which direction you travel the loop.

    Hiking north from the Tavern on Telegraph Road will provide you with a steep incline along Broad Ridge. Conversely, taking the trail southeast down Huntsville Road will offer a steep descent.

    It was from this area that the Confederacy deployed on the first day of the battle, surprising the Union army along Huntsville Road - leading to the battle in Clemens Field that afternoon. They established a field hospital along Tanyard Creek, located at the far north tip of the trail. Nearby, the site of the of the Cross Hollows Tanyard, for which the creek was named, is also marked.