Ridgetop Trail is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Nashville, TN that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Ridgetop Trail at Beaman Park Trail is a 4.2 mile out and back trail located near Nashville, Tennessee that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Due to its location on the Rim, you can expect steep forested inclines, rocky ridges, and elevations around 1,000 feet on your hike. Although Beaman Park has plenty of rises and valleys, the 2.1-mile Ridgetop Trail is considered moderately difficult. The trail takes you one way into the woods, so prepare for a 4.2-mile round trip hike. If you take the Ridgetop path, you're sure to see hilltop views of a hickory forest, as well as diverse wildlife and plant life.
great hike for a Saturday morning. much more traffic after 9:30/10. I would recommend going early to beat the crowd! I was hoping for clearer views at the top, or toward the end but it's pretty much just a "there and back" hike - nothing to stop and see!
Fun trail that's perfect for taking a dog along.
Liked it enough to go back.
Nice alternative to the busier Warner Park trails. Surface is in decent shape for trail running, although there are a fair number of tree roots and some rocky steep sections that would roll an ankle if given the chance... Steeper areas are likely to erode more with heavier use over time -- hope it'll be maintained better than the Mossy Ridge has been. Woods are pretty with a good number of wildflowers in spring. Be careful of poison ivy growing on lots of trees. Park's map lists total distance of Henry Hollow Loop, Sedge Hill, and Ridgetop Trail (last two out and backs) as a total of 7.6 miles, but I clocked it as 6.6 on a Map My Run app. Lots of moderate changes in elevation -- very easily hiked, and a bit of a challenge when running.
Not much of a view aside from the creek, but it's a good hike without much traffic and plenty of terrain.
My wife and I hike the out and back combined with the sedge hill for about a total of 5.5 miles. Its not too strenuous and the only views of any importance are along the creek--taking the sedge hill from the nature center, for a shorter hike turn right over the bridge and then meet up with the ridgetop trail. When the poison ivy isn't a problem (snow, ice, or very early spring, doing all the trails including the whole Henry Hollow Loop makes for a nice day hike.
Very few folks use this park compared to Warner and Radnor-- and some days you will have the park to yourself! For getting away from crowds and getting a nice moderate hike I'd rate this a 4+-- for scenery (other than my beautiful wife), it's a 2.5.
Great set of trails for running. 2 in and 2 out on kind of a ridge top roller coaster. I like to run it twice with a couple of times around the Henry Hollow Loop trail added on,(nice 2mile loop with a legit climb if you're running) and it makes about 12 miles! I love it here!
This was an OK trail. Easy to access. Fairly easy hike. Not much in the way of views.
Nice hiking trail, will hike again.
One can easily complete all the trails in beaman in one day..I would recommend it...this trail is fairly easy if you park up the ridge.
From the Highland trailhead, it is about 2 miles each way. You can combine it with the other trails to make the hike longer. Look out for TN's state tree the Tulip Poplar. Be aware of poison ivy though the trail is on old logging roads and is cut wide. The "shortcut" is not shorter but offers another look of the ridge with views down into a deep hollow. I'm not sure if it is always the case but there were a lot more bugs than I am used to (on other middle TN hikes) on this humid early morning August hike.