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Westhaven West Slope and East Slope Trail

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Franklin, Tennessee

Westhaven West Slope and East Slope Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Franklin, Tennessee that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Length 4.4 mi Elevation gain 885 ft Route type Loop

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Reviews (116)
Photos (102)
Recordings (92)
Completed (127)
Remy Loubriel
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Hiking

Cool hike, but hella confusing! Signage is AWFUL

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Ryan H.
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Hiking

This is not my favorite Westhaven trail. The western slope is pretty neat. There are some switchbacks that carve the coves. The western side of the ridge receives more dappled sunlight (which makes the trees healthier, the ground less muddy and the air less stale). The eastern slope is far less travelled. These routes stay muddier and slicker; the low spots are a little dark, closed-in and smell musty. There are lots of connector trails that cross over Randy Ridge and connect to the opposite slope, so watch your route to stay on course.

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Steve Cale
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Hiking

Great in town hike! It is on the + side of moderate. Stay to the right to start. 5 miles 1100 feet elevation gain 1000+ calories 2.5 hours Cell phone service the whole time. The younger kids should skip or they will whine more than I did

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Blazer 21
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Hiking

Trail located in the Westhaven subdivision. I add onto this hike to make it a 7.4 mile figure 8 loop by following the “picnic area” sign up the hill a short distance after exiting the east slope portion on the backside of the original loop (if going counterclockwise). Once at the top of the hill and at the picnic area, take the “Grey” trail marker. Follow it all the way back down the other side of the slope until you hit the “Buchanon” trail connector sign. Follow Buchanon back up the hill to the other side to the picnic area and then back down to complete the loop to the street. Beware of the very steep ascent back up to the picnic area from the Buchanon Trail. Great for anyone, like myself, who seek workouts while hiking. But regardless of what route you take, one of the best trail systems, if not the best, of any subdivision area in The Nashville area. Enjoy!

Wes Langford
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Muddy

This is a beautiful hike, but I give it 3 stars for a few reasons. Primarily, the blazes are non-existent. It's not like you're going to have to cannibalize other hikers of you get lost, but it is inconvenient. The signage actually adds to the confusion. Once there are some decent blazes, it will be a great trail. I wouldn't do it if it had rained recently. It would be extremely muddy

Wayne Baker
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Hiking

Well maintained trail! There were a couple of spots it was a plus to have AllTrails, due to insufficient markings. No scenery to write home about, but nice Middle Tennessee woodlands! Tons of elevation for the length of the trail. Great workout in predominantly shady surroundings.

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Karen Sun
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Hiking

beautiful but easy to get off trail, esp. since trees are down from the storms! Super muddy after rain, so be careful!

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Rain Dancer
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Anna Michelle N
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Hiking

Great, quiet. Wasn’t too muddy, even after the rain.

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Casey Blackwelder
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Hiking

This was a beautiful hike and a great workout. Be prepared to hike quite a few steep hills, but it’s worth it.

Lauren Fitts
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HikingMuddyRocky

Great cardio work out. Nice changes in elevation. Cons: wouldn’t recommend after a rain (the route we took anyway) steep and slick in areas... also there was either too much signage (that was super confusing) or not a sign to be found. I’d try it again, but not a relaxing first hike on this trail.

Cliff Shine
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HikingMuddyRocky

Nice trail to enjoy birds while getting a decent cardio workout. Trailhead parking is in a housing development and trail is well marked. Mostly wooded with plenty of switchback.

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Carolina Csaszar
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HikingMuddy

Great trail . I took my dog and we both enjoyed it.

LB T
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HikingFee

Love this trail!

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Grace R
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HikingMuddyRocky

I absolutely enjoyed this trail... well marked and had everything I like.. slightly rocky, up/down inclines. A good work out!

Brett Pierce
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Hiking

Nice little trail. Could use some better markings.

Dennis R.
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Hiking

Great hike!

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Deena Burr
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Hiking

Less than 5 stars only because the trail markers are not always visible. Easy to get turned around.

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Peter Henry
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Jason Reiling “cricket”
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Hiking

Nice area. Not many spots around franklin that have this many unbroken miles in the woods, even though there isn’t much peace due to construction noise. Some areas on the west slope are quite nice. Keep in mind this particular trail reflects the loop, meaning west and east slopes, not the ridge. If I were to do again I would take the west slope out and the ridge back.

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Diana O.
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Hiking

Beautiful trail- truly a hidden gem.

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Rebecca Arnold
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Hiking

There are some very steep points, and some of the trail was hard to follow because of all the fallen leaves. It was a really nice trail, though - definitely reccomended!

Art Crook
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Hiking

Very well maintained. This trailhead is in the middle of a neighborhood. I thought Google had lead me astray at first. Good workout.

Caroline Teich
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This was a moderate-hard trail we would say. A lot of pretty steep areas. It was about 5.0 miles altogether. Didn’t see one person while we were hiking. Very good hike! Challenging.

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Jennifer Shepherd
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Hiking

New signs and well maintained network of trails. This recording followed the Grassmere trailhead to Buchanan.

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Larry Y.
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Hiking

I love this hike. I usually take Eastern turn on the incline approach to Randy Ridge, and take the first right turn to the the West Slope (3 sections), returning by way of Randy Ridge to the last section of the East Slope. This provides a good mixture to trails, which are somewhat strenuous, afford viewings of deer and turkey. For excitement, I sometimes take a right at the first split and go the the Western side for more primitive trails and a hike around the water towers. Deet up and wear long pants in the summer to avoid ticks, gnats, and a few places where there is poison ivy. This is a great place to hike and many thanks to the residents of Westhaven who have made it possible by their hard work.

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