Ridgetop Trail

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Ridgetop Trail is a 3.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Nashville, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

3.9 miles
334 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


Ridgetop Trail at Beaman Park Trail is a 4.2 mile out and back trail located near Nashville, Tennessee that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Due to its location on the Rim, you can expect steep forested inclines, rocky ridges, and elevations around 1,000 feet on your hike. Although Beaman Park has plenty of rises and valleys, the 2.1-mile Ridgetop Trail is considered moderately difficult. The trail takes you one way into the woods, so prepare for a 4.2-mile round trip hike. If you take the Ridgetop path, you're sure to see hilltop views of a hickory forest, as well as diverse wildlife and plant life.

15 days ago

Nice ridge! Take the shortcut on the way back.

2 months ago

One of my favorite hikes in Nashville because it is one of the few here up on a ridge above the river valley. I don’t agree with reviews that are expecting some view grander than you would find in most local parks. It is what it is, and views from any trail are limited to the character of the land. There are some nice views along the trail down hallows and thru tree breaks. It has its own rewards if you don’t go looking for a Glacier Point experience.

3 months ago

It was a nice walk through the woods but the end was fairly anti-climatic without any grand view. I’d do it again because it’s so close and lightly trafficked but it’s not overly interesting.

3 months ago

Good variety of trail. Some incline for challenge. A few bridges. No cool overlook at the end though.

5 months ago

There is not a whole lot to see besides the woods and some cool wildlife but the trail itself was a great little hike with a nice easy elevation that isn’t to steep or challenging. Perfect for a nice walk with a friend or a run in the woods.

6 months ago

Nice trail. Walked it with my wife and two kids who are nine and ten years old. A couple hills with some loose rocks but otherwise it is fairly smooth. We saw only a handful of other people that consisted of a mix of families, a couple runners, and a few people walking dogs on leashes.

11 months ago

Trail looks nice but the other hikers are so rude and loud we weren't able to enjoy the hike. People stand in the middle of the trail to get on their phone so they can record being in nature. Huh? We come to the woods for peace and quiet and this was not it.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

4.1 miles using MotionX-GPS. Good out & back on a hardwood ridge that was part of a logging operation back in the day. A 6 ft. Rat Snake had parked itself perpendicular across the trail. Always nice to see interesting fauna along the way.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

We went to hike the Henry Hollow Loop Trail and when we got to the trailhead there was a Jeep that had just been broken into! We decided to turn around. Be careful!

Friday, August 04, 2017


Sunday, April 02, 2017

Great trail. We will do it again but hopefully will not run into people with their dogs not on a leash. Someone's dog jumped on ours when we got to the end of the trail. My dog was on a leash but theirs wasn't.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Quick, easy out and back along a ridge in Beaman Park. Decent winter views. Ideal for dog walking. Popular with trail runners. The "shortcut" isn't really shorter, it just involves less elevation change.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Simple out and back that connects to the Henry Hollow loop and makes for a nice, quick day hike.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Excellent place for a great workout, loved the cleaned air and enjoyed the over all experience

Sunday, November 13, 2016

great hike for a Saturday morning. much more traffic after 9:30/10. I would recommend going early to beat the crowd! I was hoping for clearer views at the top, or toward the end but it's pretty much just a "there and back" hike - nothing to stop and see!

Monday, October 24, 2016

nice hike

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Fun trail that's perfect for taking a dog along.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Liked it enough to go back.

trail running
Sunday, April 10, 2016

Nice alternative to the busier Warner Park trails. Surface is in decent shape for trail running, although there are a fair number of tree roots and some rocky steep sections that would roll an ankle if given the chance... Steeper areas are likely to erode more with heavier use over time -- hope it'll be maintained better than the Mossy Ridge has been. Woods are pretty with a good number of wildflowers in spring. Be careful of poison ivy growing on lots of trees. Park's map lists total distance of Henry Hollow Loop, Sedge Hill, and Ridgetop Trail (last two out and backs) as a total of 7.6 miles, but I clocked it as 6.6 on a Map My Run app. Lots of moderate changes in elevation -- very easily hiked, and a bit of a challenge when running.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Its aight

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Not much of a view aside from the creek, but it's a good hike without much traffic and plenty of terrain.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

My wife and I hike the out and back combined with the sedge hill for about a total of 5.5 miles. Its not too strenuous and the only views of any importance are along the creek--taking the sedge hill from the nature center, for a shorter hike turn right over the bridge and then meet up with the ridgetop trail. When the poison ivy isn't a problem (snow, ice, or very early spring, doing all the trails including the whole Henry Hollow Loop makes for a nice day hike.
Very few folks use this park compared to Warner and Radnor-- and some days you will have the park to yourself! For getting away from crowds and getting a nice moderate hike I'd rate this a 4+-- for scenery (other than my beautiful wife), it's a 2.5.

trail running
Sunday, February 08, 2015

Great set of trails for running. 2 in and 2 out on kind of a ridge top roller coaster. I like to run it twice with a couple of times around the Henry Hollow Loop trail added on,(nice 2mile loop with a legit climb if you're running) and it makes about 12 miles! I love it here!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

This was an OK trail. Easy to access. Fairly easy hike. Not much in the way of views.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Nice hiking trail, will hike again.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

One can easily complete all the trails in beaman in one day..I would recommend it...this trail is fairly easy if you park up the ridge.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

From the Highland trailhead, it is about 2 miles each way. You can combine it with the other trails to make the hike longer. Look out for TN's state tree the Tulip Poplar. Be aware of poison ivy though the trail is on old logging roads and is cut wide. The "shortcut" is not shorter but offers another look of the ridge with views down into a deep hollow. I'm not sure if it is always the case but there were a lot more bugs than I am used to (on other middle TN hikes) on this humid early morning August hike.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Loved this trail

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Hiking along the top ridge of the park provided some nice views of the areas valleys, but other than that, this trail didnt provide any sights out of the ordinary.


Monday, September 26, 2011

I really enjoyed this hike. It's got some good ups and downs and a some really nice scenery in the early going. Early on in the hike, if you park at the visitors center, you walk over a river and follow it for 1/2 mile or so. Once you get away from the river it can get pretty hilly. You can rack up around 6.6 miles if you do all the trails that make up Beaman Park. I definitely recommend it!

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