Alexander Trail

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Alexander Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked loop 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.

1.0 miles
55 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


1 month ago

Not the right map/distance/elevation/etc. for the trail here. The map only takes you around the park/parking lot. The real trail is farther back. We walked some of it but had no idea how far it went or where it led so decided to turn around. Nothing is marked other than a picture of the trail at the park. Discouraging.

3 months ago

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

Friday, September 15, 2017

The map showing here is not the Alexander Trail, it is the fitness path around the park. Alexander Trail goes from the park over the hill to the baseball fields. Stephen' Way is a loop trail that crosses Alexander Trail a couple of times.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I took my dog here for a somewhat quick hike, but what I got was confused. This app helped first off because I couldn't find the location using the "address" on google. When we get there, the trail is not marked at all. We ended up near an electricity plant after following a trail. Ended up turning around when arriving at a busy highway. Will continue to try different trails.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Sunday, May 07, 2017

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.

trail running
Friday, October 28, 2016

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.

Monday, October 24, 2016

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!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

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.

Monday, September 05, 2016

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.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

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

Sunday, August 07, 2016

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.

Monday, July 18, 2016

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

Sunday, July 17, 2016

... 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.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

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!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

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!!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

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

Sunday, April 03, 2016

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

mountain biking
Sunday, February 14, 2016

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.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Very pretty, good for kids and dogs

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Hilly and it's pretty in the woods.

paddle sports
Monday, December 28, 2015

Not well marked. Lost trail

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Cool rainy day, a little slippery on the steep parts, well-maintained in the park part but no trail heads from the ball park entrance. Great little herb/flower/doggy walk path just off the path.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Great little trail. You can combine Stephens way, Alexander's trail and Thompson station park to make this an easy 3.5-4 mile trail. Very well maintained even in the summer.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

There are 2 trails here Alexander and Stephens way... this is a great trail.. clear and in a wooded area but right in the middle of the city. My one desire is there needs to be more clearly defined routes... as to which way is north trail head or south trail head... I did do this one with my 10 year old daughter it wasn't bad at all.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

There are two trails here. Stephens way (1.8 miles) and Alexander's trail (1.1 miles), that switchback over a large hill, decent inclines. There are two crossing points of each trail and you can turn this into about a 40 min hike. It is dog friendly and we enjoy it

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Short hike but was really pretty. The park at the front looked really nice as well. I'll definitely go back when I'm in need again of a shorter walk close to home.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Hiked this trail today with my husband and our 2 and 3 year olds. 3 year old made it the whole way without help. Perfect first hike for her. A bit muddy, but it is March :)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I love this trail. I try to hike it at least once a week. It's strenuous but rewarding. The highway is close so you have some traffic noise but you can't see it.

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