Nashville December 22, 2017
7 Easy And Enchanting Winter Hikes in Nashville Anyone Can Do
Hiking in Tennessee tends to be a given, but that doesn’t mean you can just tromp into the wilderness and expect to have a stunning, nature-infused experience. Luckily, we’ve done the work for you. Check out these seven trails scattered across the city, great for walking after those heavy holiday meals and perfect for a quick hike with your best friend/family/significant other/dog. Whichever you choose, friends.
7. Natchez-Trace — Varies
The Highland Rim Trial is GREAT for hikers and horseback riders. The historic Natchez Trace Parkway actually runs close to twenty miles in its entirety, and has some of the best views in Middle Tennessee. Be prepared for a bit of brush, though — the trail is long, and nature likes to mark its territory. Watch your step!
6. Radnor Lake — Under 3 miles
Radnor Lake has become wildly popular in the last couple of years, as more folks have come to experience this natural gem tucked in the hills. Located in Oak Hill, a neighborhood bordering Brentwood and Nashville, this gorgeous hike is peaceful, quiet, and easy. Though you won't be trail running, you can still tromp the mainly flat loop around the lake in record time.
5. Montgomery Bell State Park — 10 miles
Coming in at just under 10.5 miles, the Montgomery Bell Trail is best for moderate hikers. This isn't the easiest trail, but the neat thing? You can set up camp and stay the night! You'll want to bring the best of materials to keep you warm during your time in the chilly Middle Tennessee air.
4. Walls of Jericho — 7 miles
Okay... the Walls of Jericho are a bit of an outlier, mainly because this hike is located in Belvidere, Tennessee, a two hour drive from Music City. Still, it's worth the time if you're looking to indulge in a stunning wintry landscape alongside your time in the great outdoors. Bundle u p for the trip — the trail is actually seven miles in its entirety, and is located on a historic natural site that boasts 9,000 acres of land in the Volunteer State and 12,000 in Alabama. It's all in the family, folks.
3. Long Hunter State Park — 5.5 miles
You'll be trekking alongside Percy Priest Lake on the Volunteer Trail, coming in at five and a half miles. Although the terrain is flat, you'll want to make sure you watch your step. Moderate hikers make the trip in spades, and you can even bring your fishing pole if you'd like to set up shop on the lakeshore. It's a beautiful and perfect place for it!
2. Percy Warner Park — 4.5 miles
Percy Warner consists of 868 acres stuck right in the heart of Tennessee, and its Mossy Ridge Trail is a phenomenal day hike that proves to be one of the most popular in the city. And for good reason! You will wander over frozen creeks and the remnants of waterfalls; it's a beautiful opportunity to experience Middle Tennessee fall asleep for the season.
1. Beaman Park — 1.5 miles
Located in Bells Bend, Beaman Park is a gorgeous and less crowded area that's perfect for the dedicated hiker. The Ridge Top Trail sits on 1,700 acres of peace and quiet, wonderfully secluded from the craziness that is our great city. There are a few steep areas, but the views of Little Marrowbone Creek are worth it.
If you’re looking for more places to explore in 2018, we have
a fabulous list of great Tennessee spots.