First trail run of 2018

Humility, mud, and what I wore

For the first day in what seems like forever, the weather got into the high 50s/low 60s and the sun was shining. It was a perfect Saturday morning. I went trail running at Percy Warner, a route I’ve done many times, but this time was different: I ran my slowest time ever.  Continue reading “First trail run of 2018”

Trail Review: Burgess Falls State Park

Add some truth to that dating profile

We all have a friend that lists “hiking” on their online dating profile but hasn’t been in the woods since that one-mile concrete stretch of greenway they did once when they were dog sitting. The short round-trip trail at Burgess Fall State Park is a perfect way to re-introduce them to nature, add some truth to their profile, and perhaps fashion them into an awesome backpacking buddy.   Continue reading “Trail Review: Burgess Falls State Park”

Trail Review: Barfield Crescent Park trails

Little-known gem close to MTSU

Nestled on the outskirts of Murfreesboro, and fewer than six miles from Middle Tennessee State University, the Barfield Crescent Park trail system offers paved and earth trail combinations through forest and meadow – a sure cure for those mid-term and finals blues.

Suitable for all hiking skill and fitness levels, trail combinations range from a 1.5 mile there-and-back paved trail to 4.5 miles of trail combinations (paved, main trail loop, two side trail loops). This park was a great place to take my senior dogs for a little day excursion, and would be perfect for a mid-day escape.   Continue reading “Trail Review: Barfield Crescent Park trails”

Trail Review: Volunteer Trail at Long Hunter State Park

Beautiful path tarnished by boater trash

I hiked the 5.5 mile in-and out (11 miles roundtrip) Volunteer Trail at Long Hunter State Park to scout it out as a location for one of my beginner backpacking groups since there are two backcountry campsites at the end. The trail is one of the easiest I’ve ever hiked: flat, totally shaded, by the water, well-blazed and signed, great places to take a break, and less than 30-minutes’ drive from my house.

It is also the most trash-covered trail I’ve ever hiked.  Continue reading “Trail Review: Volunteer Trail at Long Hunter State Park”

Trail Review: Mossy Ridge Trail at Percy Warner Park

Nashville’s backyard backpacking conditioning trail

The 4.6 mile Mossy Ridge trail loop at Percy Warner Park is one of my favorite trails in the city. Most people would rate it as a moderate trail; it has some rocky sections and hills and winds through varied scenery and trail difficulty. Want to get into backpacking shape for the upcoming fall? Load your pack and hit this trail.  Continue reading “Trail Review: Mossy Ridge Trail at Percy Warner Park”