Explore the most popular hiking trails near Fairview with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I was skeptical of Bowie Nature Park after a so-so experience on the Horseshoe trail, but I am so glad I gave this trail a try! I started out on the Lake Van trail which is very scenic but the terrain is quite uneven with a lot of tree roots to step over. I then connected to the Loblolly trail- very wide and even with some of the biggest loblolly pines I've ever seen. The Twin Lakes Loop trail took me to Lake Byrd and Lake Anna, small but very peaceful bodies of water with picnic shelters near by. I was struck by the contrast between the more wooded Lake Byrd and the openshore of Lake Anna. I took the Sycamore Springs trail which took me past its namesake spring with a tiny waterfall, the sound of which is louder than you might expect from such a small creek running parallel to the trail for a bit. I linked up with the Perimeter trail to return to the parking lot, and that last hill is quite steep to finish strong! I got a great overview of what Bowie Nature Park has to offer, and I will definitely return again for more. I also noted that this park felt exceptionally safe despite being rather isolated for stretches, and I, like other women I saw along the way, was comfortable being on my own here.

hiking
7 days ago

My biggest frustration was locating the trailhead which is in the back of the parking lot next to the nature center. While there are signs along the trail that indicate which direction to go, there are many points that paths intersect and the signs don't tell you which trail is which. There are great ravines to cross through under the tall canopy of the forest. Unfortunately, this trail comes within sight of the Super Walmart toward the second half of the trail which really detracts from the hiking experience. The walk was pleasant overall, but it falls short of being an immersive nature trail.

We had a great time. We were able to run or jog most of it. Lots of options for different trails as well.

My home trail. It’s a nice, quiet trail with several connecting trails you can use to cut the hike short or make it longer.

hiking
2 months ago

Perfect trail for a long meandering in the woods. A few portions of the trail follow a clearing under power lines. Only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. Other trails connect to keep you busy for a while.

4 months ago

Hiked this all the way out to East Fork Creek just past the deserted greenhouse and pond. Be aware, this is not the Inman Loop. The loop is within the park. This trail takes you out of the park on to private conservancy land, which is open to the public. Note: pretty steep going down and getting back out, even if you take the return trail to the right. Bring water. Found nasty small red deer tick, so check yourself. Will do it again in cooler weather and wait for fall color. Not especially scenic. Good exercise trail not too far from city. Closer to 3 miles than the listed 2.2 miles.

hiking
4 months ago

Fun little loop for a quick hike.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a beautiful trail. It was wide and clear. It was a bit muddy, but we have had lots of rain in the last few days. Not simply a flat trail there are slight elevations, but it is not overly difficult. I would absolutely do this one again.

This park has 9 short trails, all of which are under 1 mile. The total mileage for the park is 3 to 3.5 miles. It's not a big park, but it is delightful in many ways.

For starters, it is in the town of Leipers Fork, a trendy, artsy town known to attract people in the music biz. Enjoy its restaurants and shops. Puckett's Grocery is a great place to eat, as is the Loveless Café. Check them out after you hike.

The trails at Timberland are close to other trails on the Natchez Trace, namely the Old Trace and Garrison Creek Loop trails. You can easily do both in the same day. Warning: GPS's are not the most dependable in this area. But even if you drive around in circles, it is scenic. No commercial businesses on the Natchez Trace..no McDonalds, nail salons, etc. It is a pretty drive.

The park has great parking and a visitors center. Folks in the center are happy to chat. I could just hang out there, quite honestly. There is a nice fireplace, bathrooms, maps and brochures, and free walking sticks to borrow.

The trails are short and a person can configure various hikes. Make your hike long or short. There is variety to the trails. They go down to a dry creek bed and then up to a ridge- many times. You can get a bit of a workout, but it isn't strenuous, because the trails are short. I still recommend a stick or trekking poles.

The trails are super-well marked with color-coded metal blazes that correspond to the map. You won't get lost here. The trails are quiet without much traffic. My friend and I only passed 2 couples and 1 single. There are benches along the way. These trails offer a good introduction to hiking. They are also good for Nashvillians like me who just want to get outside for a few hours.

Bottom line: Beautiful natural area. Easy hike for those who are used to hiking, but there is enough ascent/descent that it could be difficult for folks who don't walk much.

You will come upon trails that are on private property: Big East Fork Reserve. I have hiked on these trails too, but being on private property, they weren't well-marked the last time I hiked them, so I stuck with the trails in Timberland. I will be back and plan to make this a place where I hike regularly. No crowds. Just peaceful and pretty.

10 months ago

Standard walk in the woods

horseback riding
11 months ago

Nice easy trail for a quick ride

Sunday, September 03, 2017

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

on Perimeter Trail

trail running
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Easy 4.5 miles fun ride!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Awesome trails, made our pup happy! Lots of Horses.

walking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Went Sunday interesting and pretty maybe moderate for some

nature trips
Saturday, June 24, 2017

great walk, not a hike but very beautiful walk.

Monday, March 13, 2017

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.

hiking
Monday, March 13, 2017

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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Easy trail, you can bring the whole family.

hiking
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Easy and customizable (lots of trails that connect to others)! Medium traffic

hiking
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Very nice. We met a ranger who was very friendly and informative

backpacking
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.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

love the park.

walking
Sunday, April 03, 2016

Trail is in great shape (except for the occasional horse piles) and just beautiful. Lots of big fish (bass and panfish) in the lakes including what looked like a monster goldfish in Upper Lake. We'll be back again to see if we can tackle the perimeter trail.

hiking
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.

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