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Alexander Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Thompson's Station, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.4 mi Elevation gain 265 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Ryan H.
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Hiking

The two trails in this park are short hikes with routes so tightly packed into a small forest — close to the highway, ball parks and other noisy areas — that you don’t really feel like you’re getting away from it all. Since I don’t live in this area, I doubt that I would travel here just to hike them. There are many other trails in the greater Nashville area that are far nicer. Alexander’s Trail is the shorter of the two trails. Both require a few road crossings.

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Ellen Silverberg
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HikingBugs

Check everyone for ticks afterwards! I found at least one tick when we got home - possibly from sitting on one of the benches. And watch out for broken glass as you go. Nicely wooded trails. We really enjoyed the hike despite the “feels like 90” heat on the nicely wooded trails. Based on reports from others - thoroughly check all humans and dogs.

Grace R
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Don't waste your time unless you live in the area and want a quick hike.

Brittney W.
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Hiking

I’m not sure if I was in Alexander or Stephens trail. According to AT ap I was following Stephens but signs told me I was on Alexander. It wasn’t easy with a jogging stroller. It was beautiful and fun next time I’ll walk with baby carrier. I agree that it’s more moderate than easy because of the hills and bumpy paths. My 2 and 5 year old enjoyed it and kept up well. Very shaded and lots of paths of the main trail. Not marked well.

Richard Andrasek
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HikingMuddy

It had some muddy spots but the kids really enjoyed this. It's a good trail for kids as it gets them outside. if you're looking for an easy hike, this is it. A hill mid-trail offers some minimal views when the leaves are fallen but would back the views spring and later.

Peggy Reiling
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Hiking

If it's in your backyard and you don't want to walk on concrete in the neighborhood, do it. Otherwise, not many redeeming qualities to this trail system.

Jason Reiling “cricket”
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Hiking

Not the greatest trail but it’s better than g. If you want to stretch the Lenas you have a couple of choices. There is ad lead to a loop but you can continue the lead on through the loop for a walk about half the distance of the loop. This recording is the whole thing

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Michael Erickson
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HikingMuddy
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Misty Hartley
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Hiking

This trail has several inclines that make it more of a moderate hike then an easy hike, especially if you have small children or any sort of medical conditions. Nothing really spectacular to view but this trail is great for a quick walk on a lunch break.

Msh VL
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Hiking

This trail is easy for a seasoned hiker, but also has some steep inclines. Not a flat walk, by any means. Lots of wildflowers at the right time of year! Harvested a bunch of wild onions, also! So cool! Accessible and offers nice view points!

Natlyn Phillips
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HikingRocky
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Jessica Beauchamp
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Hiking

It can be very difficult if you are out of shape for the sharp elevation climbs but very traveled and clean

Josh Geiger
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Hiking
Robb Hodges
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Hiking

It's a nice trail, with not too many people. There's really only 1 overlook, but there is plenty of plant life to make it interesting. Kids won't have much trouble with this trail. We took a 3 year old, and she had to be carried up a couple of the big inclines. There seems to be multiple paths that you can take, so it can be longer than the 1 mile listed. We ended up doing about 3.5. It was a great day to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Amanda O
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Running

Love this trail! It's super close, convenient and beautiful. Can be a little confusing to navigate at times since it intersects another trail. But you can find your way out by connecting to google maps, as the trail is visible.

Amanda Holt
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Great hidden gem! It's dog friendly, and I'd definitely do it again. The only downside is there's really poor trail labeling. There are a few loop trails so you can make the hike as long as you want. Beautiful views from an unexpected place!

Toni Birdsong
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This little hike is a hidden gem in Thompsons Station. The trees are beautiful and there are several outlooks that are gorgeous. I love that you can take your dog on a leash and there are several hills that make it feel a little challenging. It's a nice break from the busyness and great if you don't have the time to drive to a larger hike area. There are also plenty of benches if you need to rest as well as a picnic table. It's at the back end of Thompson Station Park behind the Mars Dog Park. A great hike for newbies and kids. The only drawback is you can loop around a few times and get a little lost because the signage is confusing. Take a photo of the map at the onset so you know where you are going. Gorgeous hike in October. See pictures.

Eric Struble
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We found this trail to be ideal for a family hike with children ranging from 4 to 16 years of age. Beautiful scenery and at one point came upon a field of wild flowers with hundreds of butterflies, outstanding.

Loyda Hjelte
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Hiking

I felt I was walking in the midst of a mini forest. The trees are spectacular.

Jason Barmer
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Confusing signage and map, the incessant sound of the machinery from the trash and recycling center, and lots of joggers. We explored another connected trail we found and it was better but this one is not worth your time unless you are just out for a leisurely stroll at the park.

David Hobbs
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Not very exciting. No wildlife although we heard some woodpeckers in the distance. A little bit of a steep climb from the beginning but it leveled out. Signage is poor. Got turned around a couple of times. Not bad but with so many area trails to try I doubt we will come back

Travis Monroe
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Hiking

... living in Spring Hill I needed a trail closer than the Warner parks in Nashville. This is the ticket. There are two trails at the back of the small park. The signage is poor. Go up the first hill and you're on Alexander Trail. Keep going and you'll find Stephens Way, eventually, lol. Hint, it's towards the school down the hill. The trail pack is fairly soft; perfect for running. The scenery is good . Enjoy.

Diane Ortiz
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Hiking

The map here is incomplete, and shows only the most northern section of the trail/jogging path, or the "easy trail" as I like to call it. The other sections of the trail not shown on map are mostly wooded with a few open areas, and there are a few extreme inclines, in addition to the very extreme incline on the paved access road to the water tower and cellphone tower. I have only hiked the trails and have not biked them. If you hike the rest of the trails not shown on this map, there is no way a 2 or 3 yr old would be able to walk it on their own. Trail maps and trail signs along the trail are horrible, and indicate trail name only, with no reference of which way heads to school/baseball fields (on most southern end of trails) vs which heads to the main Thompsons Station Park (at northern end). It took me a couple times hiking the entire trails (and making wrong turns even though I thought I studied the maps) to finally learn which way to go. Very nice, secluded. Saw a deer the last time I hiked. Is very quiet except for traffic noise from Hwy 31 on eastern edge, but that section of trail can be avoided. The most comparable nearby trails to the wooded trails not shown on this map are at Percy WarnerEdwin Warner Park in Nashville and Radnor Lake in Nashville. Enjoy!

Kathy Malone
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To clarify, the map shows only the 1-mile jogging trail that borders the main park. That has the 59-foot elevation change. But if you walk up the hill/mountain behind the main park, there are two different trails that have a lot of elevation change. There is a paved access road (to the water and cell phone towers) that goes down the mountain and separates the two dirt trails. A lot of fitness buffs like to sprint up the very steep paved road. The dirt trails., stephen's and Alexanders's, are poorly marked as others have said, but don't worry--you'll end up back at the paved road or over by the elementary school and you can find the paved way back up the mountain. The trails have something for everyone..,fitness and wildlife--butterflies and birds. Wildflowers. Some mud sometimes along the lower elevations of the trails. Highly recommend the whole place!!

Nicole willbanks
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Hiking

Not worth an hour drive. It's a very nice fitness trail. I was disappointed. It also is Not marked well.

Trevor Snow
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Great trail. Directions weren't the best. Steep climbs mixed in along with great views.

Joe Thomas
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Mountain biking

There are quite a bit of uphill sections. Great training ground for mountain bikers. Lots of rocky sections provide some technically. Nice short ride. There are sections where you can pick up some decent speed. Enjoy. Ride hard.

Carmen Klapper
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Hiking

Very pretty, good for kids and dogs

Kathy Malone
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Bird Watching

Hilly and it's pretty in the woods.

Todd Oberman
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Paddle sports

Not well marked. Lost trail

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