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hiking
6 hours ago

Enjoyable stroll. Hidden Lake was beautiful as the sun was setting and the leaves are about to change.

Not the worlds most scenic trail. Just a walk in the woods. No creeks, no overlooks, no waterfalls, no overhangs, no caves, just 7 or 8 small sink holds to see! Trail was fairly well marked and there was ample amount of parking at the trail head. You can also access the trail across the road from the park office if you’d like.

walking
2 days ago

Nice way to stretch legs while touring TN on a Saturday afternoon.

hiking
3 days ago

map is wrong. at the back of the park is a gazebo with parking that's starts there. seems more like a cut through to get to to the neighboring high school than an overlook hiking trail. nice incline. didnt find overlook.

Nice beginner hike, took my dog with me, very wide trail. Beautiful views of the hidden lake. Would recommend to any beginner, also very well marked trail

Great trail. Wife and I enjoyed very much. Only recommendation is the Rocky Trail, white colored tree markers need repainted badly. Got lost off trail a couple times but will definitely be back regardless.

hiking
8 days ago

We do this with day packs as training for long hiking trips. Not necessarily a pretty hike - just keep on slogging!

trail running
9 days ago

I loved this trail! As a flatlander from the upper Midwest it was challenging but reasonable. It was also very well marked which is a bonus as I’m totally unfamiliar with the area. I highly recommend for a quick trail run.

hiking
10 days ago

I went on a sunset hike on the Wild Turkey trail not knowing what to expect. I had high hopes because this trail is apart of Henry Horton State Park, and all my experiences there so far have been good ones. Another commentor said that this hike is really flat, but my fitness tracker said I climbed the equivalent of 16 flights of stairs, so I got my heart rate up a bit. While I didn't see any wild turkeys, I did spot deer nearby as well as some very interesting mushrooms unlike any I've ever encountered before. I finished this trail in 42 minutes just before I lost the day's light, but I would like to go again at a more leisurely pace. While there was a bit of noise closer to the trailhead due to the proximity to the roads, I think some of the loud sounds can be attributed to the nearby trap and skeet range. Still, I found it easy to get lost in nature here, and that is what counts.

It's in my way to or from home. it's easy enough to stop by for some relaxation after a bad day. The Day Loop is my favorite. My goal is to backpack and stay over for an extended weekend. I was there earlier this week, lots of fungi also bullfrogs in "the pond". I have quirky ankles and find I can do this trail easily. Enough people around to feel safe, not so many people to feel crowded. Lots of places to swim as well.

road biking
11 days ago

This trail is well a maintained and paved with great variety. Lots of fun.

on Harpeth Woods Trail

11 days ago

My favorite trail.

I was skeptical of Bowie Nature Park after a so-so experience on the Horseshoe trail, but I am so glad I gave this trail a try! I started out on the Lake Van trail which is very scenic but the terrain is quite uneven with a lot of tree roots to step over. I then connected to the Loblolly trail- very wide and even with some of the biggest loblolly pines I've ever seen. The Twin Lakes Loop trail took me to Lake Byrd and Lake Anna, small but very peaceful bodies of water with picnic shelters near by. I was struck by the contrast between the more wooded Lake Byrd and the openshore of Lake Anna. I took the Sycamore Springs trail which took me past its namesake spring with a tiny waterfall, the sound of which is louder than you might expect from such a small creek running parallel to the trail for a bit. I linked up with the Perimeter trail to return to the parking lot, and that last hill is quite steep to finish strong! I got a great overview of what Bowie Nature Park has to offer, and I will definitely return again for more. I also noted that this park felt exceptionally safe despite being rather isolated for stretches, and I, like other women I saw along the way, was comfortable being on my own here.

Great hike up and down to the falls. Super crowded. Way too many people for my taste, not to mention the abundance of empty water bottles, cigarette butts, and the occasional diaper thrown in for good measure. Just a matter of time before the state shuts it down.

hiking
14 days ago

From the tall cedars to the numerous sinks and the eroded limestone bluffs and boulders, there is so much to see here! I was very pleasantly surprised by the beauty of this trail as the crumbling roadbed at the beginning gives no hint of the natural wonders that lay beyond. The only drawback for me was that I was eaten alive by mosquitoes DESPITE coating myself in bug spray first. Where the Vesta Glade trail had me running away from the Cedars of Lebanon State Park, this trail has made me want to return and explore more of what the park has to offer.

hiking
14 days ago

This trail is quite popular for good reason. I rarely went more than 5 minutes without coming across another person. The beginning and end of the loop parallels Vaughn's Creek which is picturesque. I was surprised how rocky the first quarter mile of the trail is as you ascend the hill. What sets this trail apart from most others around Nashville are the high elevations and the large old growth hardwood forests with some of the largest cedars and oaks I've ever seen. The climb to the top of this trail was pretty brutal for a beginner hiker like me, with the seemingly endless switchbacks, but I certainly felt accomplished by the time I reached the top of the highest knob. The rest of the trail takes it easier on the hiker.

Driving up to this trail, I must say, I was a bit worried. Some of the roadsigns on the way out are graffitied with the word "SKIN" over it and/or shot through with bullet holes, and the dogs from the canoe place chased my car a good way before I got to the gravel road. By the time I reached the trailhead, I felt so isolated that I was sure no one had been out here in forever and it was going to be Vesta Glade all over again. Forthunately, all my fears were relieved by this wonderful trail. The first half mile of the trail is over mostly loose rocks, so hikiing shoes or boots are highly recommended. This trail may also be the best marked that I have ever been on with bright blue blazes to follow frequently. There had been rain recently, so parts of the trail were like a shallow, trickling stream, and there are two points that will require you to cross over the stream. The bluffs and their views of the Duck River are simply awesome to behold. Another reviewer mentioned there was a fence on the cave entrance, but this was not present on the day I visited. Be careful as you descend into the cave as the entrance is steep, and I slipped on the mud going in, busting my wrist up a little in the process. My courage was rewarded with great cave views as well as the overlook at the end, about 30 feet above the river banks. I can't wait to visit again and bring friends.

Beaman Park may really be the crown jewel of Nashville's park system as the scenery is just as beautiful as Edwin Warner Park but without all the people and road noise. The creek on the left at the beginning affords many stunning views. The series of switchbacks up the steep hill are easy to navigate as a single-track footpath, and when you get to the top, there are lovely views of the deep ravines below. The last half of the trail descending down the steep hills actually took me slightly longer than climbing them!

From the Harris Street Bridge parking area, I hiked the trails leading from the trailhead to the historic water tunnel with great views of the river on the right and huge rocky bluffs on the left, and followed it back to a junction for the main path to ascend the steep staircase to the overlook. The views from the bluff make this trail one of the most scenic trails near Nashville. This was a moderate hike for a beginner like me with the steep climbs totaling about 1.8 miles and took me roughly an hour to complete.

14 days ago

The causeway being out made for a longer walk, as the crossing light took FOREVER to come on.

hiking
15 days ago

Did this nice hike with my Frenchie! My frenchie got a little tired at points but we enjoyed the hike!

hiking
15 days ago

This short but sweet hike is a great introduction to Henry Horton State Park, incorporating history with the lovely scenery. I was not prepared for the great views along the limestone bluffs of the Duck River. As you turn away from the river, you shortly come upon the Haunted Spring, known for a woman who lost her baby while washing laundry here in the 1800s, and it is unusually quiet here. As you go deeper along the trail, there are many short paths leading down to the ravines and rock formations, certainly worth exploring. Time seems to stand still while you are on this trail, and before you know it, you are back in the parking area. Luckily, there appears to be some work to extend the trails to make the best use for enjoying these woods.

For a new hiker like me, this trail was moderately difficult with rich rewards in scenery. If the quarry wasn't pretty enough, the higher elevated views of the lake are even better. My favorite part of this hike was scrambling over the beautiful rock formations. The remnants of buildings left over from the old resort from the 1920s hints at the history of the area. The Bluebird Loop at the beginning and end of this loop have plenty of butterflies and wildflowers that are fragrant on a warm day. This hike is a lovely way to pass an hour.

hiking
15 days ago

The Old Hickory Trail is a great place for a quick hike if you want to experience quiet and solitude. On a good day, you may see plenty of deer on the trail especially around the boardwalk areas and perhaps a gaggle of turkeys near the pond. Few people know about the history of this trail, but about half a century ago this area was desolate from the construction of the damn near by. The way the woods have reclaimed the land really makes me appreciate the perseverance of nature.

trail running
16 days ago

Great short trail run will plenty of options to extend. Smooth terrain for the most part and a few hills that will spike your heart rate, including the run up the stairs from the parking area. The white loop also easily connects to the red loop if you’re up for more miles. The 2 together is about 8 miles.

17 days ago

Excellent trail. Very well marked, well maintained, wide, rocky.... nice moderate stretches. I truly enjoyed it.

great hike with kids!

Pack some snacks as this is a great ride with a LOT of hills. I started at Shelby Bottom Nature center and ended up on Two Rivers Greenway trail that takes you all the way to the Dam. Its about 15 miles one way. I ended up on 3 greenways that connect with each other. Shelby Bottom, Stones River from Greenland and Stones River of Nashville. If you start from Shelby Bottom you simple turn off at the bridge that takes you over Cumberland River to link up on Two Rivers before hitting Stones River.

Great trail..can be busy on the weekend. I like that you can cross over into 2 other greenways and end up at the Dam 14 miles away if you are up to it. This trail is scenic, well paved, several bridges and overall a nice ride.

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