This park has 9 short trails, all of which are under 1 mile. The total mileage for the park is 3 to 3.5 miles. It's not a big park, but it is delightful in many ways.

For starters, it is in the town of Leipers Fork, a trendy, artsy town known to attract people in the music biz. Enjoy its restaurants and shops. Puckett's Grocery is a great place to eat, as is the Loveless Café. Check them out after you hike.

The trails at Timberland are close to other trails on the Natchez Trace, namely the Old Trace and Garrison Creek Loop trails. You can easily do both in the same day. Warning: GPS's are not the most dependable in this area. But even if you drive around in circles, it is scenic. No commercial businesses on the Natchez McDonalds, nail salons, etc. It is a pretty drive.

The park has great parking and a visitors center. Folks in the center are happy to chat. I could just hang out there, quite honestly. There is a nice fireplace, bathrooms, maps and brochures, and free walking sticks to borrow.

The trails are short and a person can configure various hikes. Make your hike long or short. There is variety to the trails. They go down to a dry creek bed and then up to a ridge- many times. You can get a bit of a workout, but it isn't strenuous, because the trails are short. I still recommend a stick or trekking poles.

The trails are super-well marked with color-coded metal blazes that correspond to the map. You won't get lost here. The trails are quiet without much traffic. My friend and I only passed 2 couples and 1 single. There are benches along the way. These trails offer a good introduction to hiking. They are also good for Nashvillians like me who just want to get outside for a few hours.

Bottom line: Beautiful natural area. Easy hike for those who are used to hiking, but there is enough ascent/descent that it could be difficult for folks who don't walk much.

You will come upon trails that are on private property: Big East Fork Reserve. I have hiked on these trails too, but being on private property, they weren't well-marked the last time I hiked them, so I stuck with the trails in Timberland. I will be back and plan to make this a place where I hike regularly. No crowds. Just peaceful and pretty.

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