9 to 8 Road

Total Miles


132.93 ft


0.5 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

The Turkey Bay 9 to 8 Road is a generally maintained primary gravel/creek bottom road, connecting point to point from the 9 intersection to the 8 intersection inside the Turkey Bay OHV Area, within the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Its official ID is forestry M01. The road starts at the Turkey Creek Road FSR 167, near the entrance gatehouse, and heads north towards the 8 intersection. The main form of the road is the North Fork Turkey Creek, which forms the eastern boundary of the the Turkey Bay OHV area. The baseline terrain of the road is course creek gravel surrounded by treelines. When the North Fork Turkey Creek flash floods, the road will have sections of moderate water collection in length and depth, but in a typical dry setting, the road will have more scattered-out puddles and mild water collection spots. 9 to 8 Road is just the kick-off when exploring the eastern side of Turkey Bay OHV.


The 9 to 8 Road's proximity to the North Fork Turkey Creek brings its number one difficulty to the table: water. The water can be anywhere from 3-inch, deep-scattered puddles, to 1-foot-deep water directly connected to the creek to the east. This is after a normal to moderate rain. A significant downpour could flash flood the road, possibly as high as 18 inches in spots. Outside of the water, the road is mild, featuring a course creek gravel and dirt at the base that seems to generally be maintained and smoothed out from time to time. This road has a base rating of 2/10 for the water collections and mild bumps and dips along the way. The road could be less challenging in extremely dry conditions and more difficult in times of heavy rain or wet conditions. Note: stay on the path and look for the signage stating where the boundaries of the road are.

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Access Description

When at the main entrance and gatehouse, immediately turn right and then right again and head to the northeast corner of the parking lot, at 36.75171, -88.07152. Here, the 9 intersection sign can be found and heading north will put you right on the trail. The 8 intersection can be found at 36.76170, -88.06927.

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