Tennessee April 25, 2017
10 Amazing Tennessee Hikes Under 3 Miles You’ll Absolutely Love
Here’s the thing: hiking is fun. It’s a neat way to get out in the great outdoors, a way to experience Tennessee the way it has been and is and always will be (hopefully). No matter how fun it is, there’s always the question – how long do you actually want to hike? We raise our hand at the one to two hour mark, so we found 11 hikes that fall under three miles that are perfect for a Saturday morning.
1. Henry Hollow Loop - 2 miles
At a little over two miles, this lightly trafficked trail isn't too far from tiny little Joelton, Tennessee. It's recommended that you use the kid-friendly trail from March to November, when it is safest and at its peak. This Beaman Park hike is considered moderate and runs in a loop.
2. Ridge Top Trail - .5 miles
You can extend Ridge Top Trail into almost five miles, as it is used as an out and back with a climb of 666 feet. The first half mile, however, is widely trafficked and most common to visitors. PS: You can bring your puppy, but keep him on a leash!
3. Azalea Springs Day Loop - 2.5 miles
Located in Big Hill Pond State Park, this moderate hike is great for day use and for those who are looking to bring along their pup. It's free to hike, and you can even pay a light camping fee if you'd rather use one of their overnight trails.
4. Grundy Day Loop Trail - 3 miles
At only three miles, this fairly short day loop is lightly trafficked and even features a waterfall - perfect. Take a nature trip or even find yourself birding, because the loop is great for all sorts of outdoor activities.
5. Radnor Lake South Lake Trail - 2.5 miles
Radnor Lake is located in the Oak Hill neighborhood of Brentwood, and its day use trail is fairly widely trafficked but great for a few moments of quiet in the rush of a work week. Great for kids, it can even work as a last minute date spot.
6. Laurel Falls - 2.6 miles
The nicest thing about the Laurel Falls trail? It's easy. And it leads you to a waterfall. You'll enjoy some beautiful views of the nearby hills, and marvel at rock formations along the way.
7. Red Trail - 3 miles
A fairly difficult trail in and of itself, the lesser known Red Trail in Marcella Vivrette Smith Park will lead to straight to Enid's Eyrie.
8. Old Stone Fort Loop Trail - 2.9 miles
There are quite a few folks who choose to use the almost three mile Manchester, Tennessee loop for trail running as opposed to a low key hike. Heavily trafficked and great for dogs, Old Stone Fort State Park has a gem.
9. Bearwaller Gap - Pick your own!
Bearwaller Gap is an out and back kind of hike, so you can extend your jaunt into the wilderness to over eight miles, or you can turn back at the 1.5 mile point and make a three-mile loop. It just depends on how you're feeling that day, but we appreciate the option! Located near Carthage right on the Cumberland River, you'll only want to take this trail if you have the endurance of an experienced hiker. Not for the littles, you know.
10. Cheeks Bend Bluff View Trail - 1.9
Great for all skill levels, Cheeks Bend is open year 'round and gives you an unobstructed view of the river out in Columbia, Tennessee. Lightly trafficked and tucked neatly away in the wilderness, it's great when you're looking to get away from it all - but only for a little while.
How many have you crossed off your bucket list? Happy hiking!
PS: Did you know that this
Gorgeous Lodge In Tennessee That’s So Secluded You Can Only Access It By Hike?