Pinnacle Trail is a 3 mile loop trail located near Nashville, TN that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The Pinnacle Trail and Lakeside Trail are connected under the main highway bipass from one side to the other. This trail is likely a much better biking trail than it is hiking trail, and really that doesn't say much. There are many washed out and eroded rock sections that make it technical and sometimes fun in small doses on a bike, but after 9 miles, it's really just a headache waiting to happen. Scenery is very average, traffic is typically moderate and ease of navigating is fair at best. There are several other MTB trails in the broader Nashville area that are more recommended. This is one that can be plugged in rarely to jog your memory of other better flowing trails. The trail does not dry out well, and can be very slippery and even dangerous within 48 hours of moderate rain.
I did this trail on a Wednesday morning with my boyfriend. The trail is very nice except that is poorly marked. We was planning on doing the 5 miles loop. We end up doing 7 miles or more and had to find our way out to the nearest road. I'm not experience with trails. But about 2 miles in, there's a connector we missed bc we didn't know where it was taking us. that connector it's the one that loops back to the parking lot for total of 5 miles. follow the red markings. Which are about a mile apart from each other. Watch out for snakes.
The trail was pretty basic without any notable views. For a good chunk of the trek, the trail meandered back and forth near the highway, which although not visible, the rumbling road noise was a serious drawback and eventually became a taunting soundtrack, giving us occasional false hope that we were nearing the trails end. A scenic gully boosted the trails scenery rating from 1.5 to 2.0, but other than that there wasnt much happening (aside from a decades-old overturned, rusted out car about 1/3 of the way into the trail).