Perimeter Trail

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Perimeter Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fairview, Tennessee that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. 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.

4.8 miles
423 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





2 months ago

Standard walk in the woods

horseback riding
3 months ago

Nice easy trail for a quick ride

5 months ago

I do the Perimeter Trail on a somewhat regular basis and really enjoy the different areas you go through.

trail running
5 months ago

I would rate this trail between easy and moderate, but on the easier side. Its nice and wide most of the way and not nearly as rocky and rooty as other trails. I started at the Lake picnic area, took Blue Dome to Red Perimeter and stayed on that all the way back to the car. Just over four miles took less than an hr running with the dog. Plenty of little creaks for pups to drink from/play in. There were other people on the trail, but not enough to call it crowed by any means. I will be back and probably run it twice without the dog.

6 months ago

Easy 4.5 miles fun ride!

11 months ago

Perimeter trails are often not the most scenic or rewarding because you're basically hiking the outer boundaries of the park (w/ occasional views of nearby houses, roads, power lines, etc). Bowie is one of the nicest and most unspoiled parks in middle Tennessee. The park's perimeter trail, although really nice, is my least favorite, but there are so many adjoining "interior" trails that you can incorporate them into the perimeter route for a much more scenic tour.

11 months ago

This is an easy trail for beginners or families. Trail is wide and not a lot of cross trails. Only trail markings are at the beginning and the few cross trails. Nice quiet area that has a few houses and farms around it.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

This is an easy hike for the entire family ( & fur babies). This is a good trail for running and an afternoon stroll with the family. I wouldn't rate this as moderate but a good weekend trail to visit with others.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Hiked this and only passed a couple people. Really want to bike this next time. was a wide trail great for all types.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Easy trail, you can bring the whole family.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

The trail itself is great for hiking and running. I try to hike the premier trail 2 times a week. If you start from the parking area by Shelter 1 and enter the trail at shelter 2 you will have 2 very significant inclines. At the 2.5 mile mark just past the creek crossing you will start a 3/4 incline in elevation a few places steep mostly just long. Then at the end of the trail about 100 yards very steep to the top. Fast hiking, trail is an old fire road.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Easy trail. Saw 15 people, 3 horses, 2 dogs, 1 deer, about 40 cows, 3 turtles, and a couple dozen geese. If you want an easy trail, this is it.

Friday, March 11, 2016

This trail is perfect for anyone looking for an easy but longer hike. Mostly flat, with a few small inclines. Nice for walks with dogs, and plenty of places for a creek side drink for the pooches. Went on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and we only passed about 10 (if that) other hikers the whole time! Connects to all the other trails, so you can change up your route, which is always nice. Will be back, despite the 40 min drive from Nashville!

Sunday, February 07, 2016

This trail was a lot of fun. Very scenic and our kids enjoyed passing the horseback trail riders occasionally.

Friday, November 27, 2015

It was really well maintained and very easy casual stroll through the woods. It made for a lovely post thanksgiving leftover hike.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Perimeter Trail is a great leisurely stroll through the woods. If you're looking for an intense hike, this isn't it. The trail is wide, well maintained, very few roots or even rocks. All the trails in the park are marked clearly. Perfect trail to take the kids. Beautiful little park not too far away from the city and you don't have to deal with the crowds. Great for what it is. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A friend and I came out to bike this trail and it was a relatively fun and easy one to ride. If you're looking for a good trail for kids or beginners, then this is a good place to start. The trails are all wide, with very few challenges or even steep inclines, but an all around pleasant, pretty ride. I probably won't be coming back simply because I like more challenging trails, but it's nice for what it is.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

More of a brisk walk than a hike. However, it is a great quick respite from Nashville. In the first few miles we saw an owl, deer and more butterflies than can be counted. Takes you through some nice varying terrain and was almost empty for the 4 hours we were there.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

This is great trail if you go during the week. I have noticed on weekends it becomes overrun with mtn. bikes and horses. I went on Tuesday though and enjoyed the day without seeing anyone else. I even put up my hammock in some pines near a creek crossing to take an hour nap.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

At times, this trail was quite reminiscent of Montgomery Bells North Loop, with plenty of pine vegetation and a nice mix of trees and quiet little hollows. While similar in some regards, this trail lacked the impressive hills and valleys of MBs North Loop. The trail and also kept path with some big TVA power lines that cut swathes through the terrain. What was particularly refreshing about this trail were the burgeoning hints of spring. Click on the thumbnail to the right for a great shot of the redbuds in bloom.

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