Old Trace Garrison Creek Loop Trail

MODERATE 83 reviews

Old Trace Garrison Creek Loop Trail is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Franklin, Tennessee that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
209 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

bridge out

muddy

Trail begins behind restrooms. This is a good hike to do with young kids. Short enough to keep them interested and long enough to give them a good workout. Great for introduction to hiking. Short little loop hike that begins behind the bathrooms at the Garrison Creek Trail off of the Natchez Trace in Franklin. This is a pretty easy hike that almost anyone could do. The climbs are not that steep or long. The trail is always easily located, wide and with limited to no obstacles.

walking
5 months ago

It is a nice walk, but the trails are not maintained very well.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice casual trail. With fall the trail gets hidden in places from the leaves but not impossible to follow. Some muddy places but you can get around them

hiking
6 months ago

Decent hike. Lots of good inclines. Narrow rocky trails. It was harder for us bc we had our old lady dog with us

hiking
9 months ago

Do not think I would consider this moderate more inbetween easy and moderate. Kinda boring not much to look at.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Very muddy in some parts. Only one overlook on the short loop.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

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.

hiking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

This is a wonderfully peaceful trail. I recommend it to anyone trying to get a break from the city.

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Beautiful area, nice trail, but POORLY marked. We will go back but be prepared to get turned around your first there.

hiking
Monday, August 15, 2016

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.

hiking
Saturday, July 09, 2016

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.

hiking
Sunday, June 12, 2016

NOTE - if you hike this trail it would be good to bring a towel or two - there are two crossings over the creek that you will get your feet wet - we took our boots off and had to dry our feet w our shirts. There really needs to be a bridge built (where there once use to be one) on this trail.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

We hiked this trail for the first time - there really should be markings along the trail to let you know you are still on the trail - the map shows. 1.6 mil for the hike - we ended up w 3.5 mil after we were done staying on the trail the way we were to go.

hiking
Monday, May 23, 2016

Ended up hiking 5 miles instead of 2 because we managed to get turned around.

walking
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Signage is a bit confusing. Walked to wrong parking lot. So quick 1/2 hour walk turned into 2 hours. Wanted the exercise anyway. Saw several groups of ppl confused by signage.

hiking
Sunday, February 21, 2016

Great area to hike, quiet,beautiful and not crowded

hiking
Sunday, August 30, 2015

Great trail with very little traffic. As mentioned by others, a little overgrown in parts. I did not experience any extremely muddy conditions today. I found this trail easy other than one short climb. Not nearly as challenging as Warner parks. I may not return, but would definitely suggest it to others who have not experienced it.
On a side note: if coming from Nashville, do take Hillsboro to Lieper's for an enjoyable pre hike drive:-)

hiking
Monday, July 06, 2015

When reviewers said the trail is muddy, I should've believed them. It has rained here the past 3 days, so I'm sure that made it worse.

Trail is scenic with a couple of minor hills. Otherwise fairly easy. Problem is the mud. I didn't see any other hikers. Saw 6 people on horseback. The horses chew up the trail and contribute to the mud.

Because of the recent rain, I think I had 5 water crossings. The first, after you walk under the roadway, I decided to detour around by walking up to the road and around. Second one, no way around it. Shoes off and water up to my knees. The rocks were very slippery. The last couple were after the tall grass and trail of mud that others have mentioned. At that point, I was ankle deep in mud, so just walked through the water crossings to clean off my shoes and legs.

This trail is a decent change of scenery from Percy Warner and Radnor Lake. I don't know I'd go out of my way to go here. Although the drive through Leipers Fork is worth it.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Nothing great about this trail. No views, and you have to get your feet wet to cross a stream where there was once clearly a bridge. Definitely wouldn't recommend.

hiking
Monday, March 16, 2015

If you're looking for an alternative to hiking around Percy Warner and don't want to travel too far away from the city, this is a great option. It had just previously rained the past few days so knew the trail would be a bit muddy. Really if it wasn't for the horse tracks, it wouldn't have been bad at all. The creeks were very high and was a point when I did have to remove my shoes and cross the creek. However, in the summer I'm sure they would be easily crossed. It was a beautiful day and the trail was nearly empty. Driving home I pass by Percy Warner, and you couldn't even find a parking spot. I'll take Garrison every time when that is the case. Nice little hike, close to the city, not busy. Recommended for sure. Not difficult by any means. Check it out. Enjoy!

hiking
Friday, January 16, 2015

First trail we hiked since moving here. B'ful trail and very shaded at beginning. Then the markings disappear and we just had to guess where to continue. Ended up pouring down rain with thunder. Had to cross a deep stream and ended up in a field. Not sure if it was private property or not. Finally got so turned around that we decided to walk on the road to get back to our car. Def. is more of a horse trail.

hiking
Monday, December 01, 2014

This is the Bermuda Triangle Train of Natchez Trace hiking trails. Be afraid. Be very, very afraid.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed this hike. Not too strenuous, not crowded at all, and decently maintained trails. As has been mentioned, there are two spots that require a little bit of creek wading, I just took my shows off and went barefoot, no problem. Also, it is a confusing trail and the walking through the talk grasses wasn't the most pleasant. But I would definitely do this again!

hiking
Sunday, August 04, 2013

This is probably a much better trail in the fall or winter than it was today. Briars and weeds are very overgrown. Even up at the overlook, the view is obstructed and you can't see anything. Trail is very muddy after it rains.

hiking
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Thanks to Tori's review, we were able to be better prepared for this hike, which we just did on July 8.
To echo what Tori said:
1) There are at least 2 creek/water crossings that will get your feet completely wet, if you hike during a rainy season at least. We just had some pretty significant rainfall here last week and one crossing was almost knee deep.
2) A long section of the trail - at least a mile, probably 2 - was extremely overgrown. I'm a country boy, but even to me it felt like I was in a rainforest. Torso and shoulder-height grasses and "weeds" flanking an extremely narrow footpath. Definitely wear pants in the summer and consider long sleeves too.
3) As Tori mentioned, the trail is not well marked either. For starters, there are very few blazes (white). But the northernmost section of the trail is just odd. .. Assuming you start at the Old Trace (now "War of 1812 Memorial?") exit and bear left at the first trail fork, you come out of the aforementioned jungle into a field near an overpass, with no signs telling you where to go. Just head under the overpass then bear right, up the hill - you'll eventually see a restroom facility. The trail picks back up behind the building.
4) The trail can be quite muddy and rough due to its use by horseback riders. And of course there's the horse poo. There's not too much of it thankfully.

Overall I don't think I'll do this hike again, at least not in the summer.

trail running
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The first two miles are nice but after that it gets confusing and is not clearly marked. There is tall grass so I would recommend wearing pants and bug spray. There were some spots where I had to take my shoes off to trek through the river. The scenery was average for Middle Tennessee. It was nice for a change, but I prefer the trails at Percy Warner.

hiking
Sunday, April 21, 2013

This was a fun hike with young kids on the Natchez Trace. The trail is well-maintained and you might even see people on horseback. I highly recommend this for the family!

hiking
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

personally I have ennjoyed all the hikes along the Trace, they are rich in history as well as scenic

hiking
Thursday, June 21, 2012

It is my goal to get my kids interested in hiking and outdoor activities. They are six & under. This trail is perfect for that. It is short enough so that they don't get exhausted, but it is long enough to be considered a good work out for them. It is said that there is a scenic overlook, but it really is nothing close to that, but that doesn't take away from the hike. I'd highly recommend for people with young children looking for a nice hike.

hiking
Saturday, June 09, 2012

We hiked a little loop trail not the full blown Garrison Creek trail, but the trail head is in the same general location as the Garrison Creek trail head. As of yet All Trails does not recognize this trail so we tracked it for them & hopefully they will be adding it soon. The trail head is directly behind the bathroom facilities. Check my profile for my Kids Hike track to get more complete details.

For kids it was good. There was a scenic overlook about a half mile into the trail. However, in the spring and summer the growth is too much to really get a good view. Some slight up & down hill is required, but we did it no problem with a 6, 4 & 3 year old. That should give an idea of the ease of the hike overall.

For people without kids this hike would most likely be pretty boring. If you're interested in introducing your children to hiking this would be a good spot. Total distance was about 1.3 miles with elevation change in the 200+ range. Took us an hour with the three kids.

hiking
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Great hike for me because I live close so when I want to go for a hike I don't have to go far. Its definitely a moderate hike at best. Love that its hardly ever crowded.

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