Alexander Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Thompson's Station, TN that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from February until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Great hidden gem! It's dog friendly, and I'd definitely do it again. The only downside is there's really poor trail labeling. There are a few loop trails so you can make the hike as long as you want. Beautiful views from an unexpected place!
This little hike is a hidden gem in Thompsons Station. The trees are beautiful and there are several outlooks that are gorgeous. I love that you can take your dog on a leash and there are several hills that make it feel a little challenging. It's a nice break from the busyness and great if you don't have the time to drive to a larger hike area. There are also plenty of benches if you need to rest as well as a picnic table. It's at the back end of Thompson Station Park behind the Mars Dog Park. A great hike for newbies and kids. The only drawback is you can loop around a few times and get a little lost because the signage is confusing. Take a photo of the map at the onset so you know where you are going. Gorgeous hike in October. See pictures.
We found this trail to be ideal for a family hike with children ranging from 4 to 16 years of age. Beautiful scenery and at one point came upon a field of wild flowers with hundreds of butterflies, outstanding.
I felt I was walking in the midst of a mini forest. The trees are spectacular.
Confusing signage and map, the incessant sound of the machinery from the trash and recycling center, and lots of joggers.
We explored another connected trail we found and it was better but this one is not worth your time unless you are just out for a leisurely stroll at the park.
Not very exciting. No wildlife although we heard some woodpeckers in the distance. A little bit of a steep climb from the beginning but it leveled out. Signage is poor. Got turned around a couple of times. Not bad but with so many area trails to try I doubt we will come back
... living in Spring Hill I needed a trail closer than the Warner parks in Nashville. This is the ticket. There are two trails at the back of the small park. The signage is poor. Go up the first hill and you're on Alexander Trail. Keep going and you'll find Stephens Way, eventually, lol. Hint, it's towards the school down the hill. The trail pack is fairly soft; perfect for running. The scenery is good . Enjoy.
The map here is incomplete, and shows only the most northern section of the trail/jogging path, or the "easy trail" as I like to call it. The other sections of the trail not shown on map are mostly wooded with a few open areas, and there are a few extreme inclines, in addition to the very extreme incline on the paved access road to the water tower and cellphone tower. I have only hiked the trails and have not biked them. If you hike the rest of the trails not shown on this map, there is no way a 2 or 3 yr old would be able to walk it on their own. Trail maps and trail signs along the trail are horrible, and indicate trail name only, with no reference of which way heads to school/baseball fields (on most southern end of trails) vs which heads to the main Thompsons Station Park (at northern end). It took me a couple times hiking the entire trails (and making wrong turns even though I thought I studied the maps) to finally learn which way to go. Very nice, secluded. Saw a deer the last time I hiked. Is very quiet except for traffic noise from Hwy 31 on eastern edge, but that section of trail can be avoided. The most comparable nearby trails to the wooded trails not shown on this map are at Percy WarnerEdwin Warner Park in Nashville and Radnor Lake in Nashville. Enjoy!
To clarify, the map shows only the 1-mile jogging trail that borders the main park. That has the 59-foot elevation change. But if you walk up the hill/mountain behind the main park, there are two different trails that have a lot of elevation change. There is a paved access road (to the water and cell phone towers) that goes down the mountain and separates the two dirt trails. A lot of fitness buffs like to sprint up the very steep paved road. The dirt trails., stephen's and Alexanders's, are poorly marked as others have said, but don't worry--you'll end up back at the paved road or over by the elementary school and you can find the paved way back up the mountain. The trails have something for everyone..,fitness and wildlife--butterflies and birds. Wildflowers. Some mud sometimes along the lower elevations of the trails. Highly recommend the whole place!!
Not worth an hour drive. It's a very nice fitness trail. I was disappointed. It also is Not marked well.
Great trail. Directions weren't the best. Steep climbs mixed in along with great views.
There are quite a bit of uphill sections. Great training ground for mountain bikers. Lots of rocky sections provide some technically. Nice short ride. There are sections where you can pick up some decent speed. Enjoy. Ride hard.
Very pretty, good for kids and dogs
Hilly and it's pretty in the woods.
Not well marked. Lost trail
Cool rainy day, a little slippery on the steep parts, well-maintained in the park part but no trail heads from the ball park entrance. Great little herb/flower/doggy walk path just off the path.
Great little trail. You can combine Stephens way, Alexander's trail and Thompson station park to make this an easy 3.5-4 mile trail. Very well maintained even in the summer.