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Was originally planned to continue further west but that idea seems to have been abandoned. Used a lot by dog walkers. Its a pleasant enough walk, just not much to it and no climbs. There is not a waterfall but the trail passes over the Harpeth River (which is more like a small creek here)
Most of the hike was great. The first part of the path was VERY overgrown and wasn't great. Also, the end part of the path continued through a creek bed which was fine if you had a horse or didn't mind wading through the water to get to the other side of the trail. Other than that, beautiful forest scenery.
Flat out and back that connects two of the Trace pull off areas. Runs along creek whole way so it gathers run off and can be wet. At least 6 creek crossings, only one of which has a bridge at this time. 840 construction not an issue (completed long ago) and trail passes under the highway (overgrown segment). To me the creek crossings are the allure of this one, while I was able to navigate all of them without wet feet I could see it being a hassle for others if the creek is higher.
Nice short loop trail. I had no issues with any water crossing. I liked that the crescendo of hike is basically midway (which is where you can branch off toward another trailhead). Slightly overgrown only for a short segment. Shelter and rest rooms a bonus.
To me this trail was not worth it. I went here because I wanted a change from Radnor or the Warner parks. I am pretty adventurous and love hiking, but after hiking a half mile on this trail I turned around and went to Radnor. The weeds were extremely overgrown and every 10 steps I was wiping away spider webs from my face (I ignored the ones on my legs and arms). While the drive around the Nachez Trace is worth it, I won't be back to attemp this trail.
If you do try this trail, make sure you where pants and prepare to get your feet wet in the creek crossings.