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”

Trail Review: Twin Forks Trail

The worst trail ever. For real.

Oh, my. Where to start.

I hated this trail.

I came across this trail years ago in a book called 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Nashville, by Johnny Molloy. (There’s also one for Denver and Boulder sitting on my shelf; you can find them for several other cities and areas.) I didn’t hike it at the time, and a week ago I decided it was time to check it out.

There have been very few times in my life that I regretted taking a walk in the woods. This was one of them.   Continue reading “Trail Review: Twin Forks Trail”

Trail Review: Radnor Lake trails

Perfect for a quick family hike!

Radnor Lake State Park is only 8 miles from downtown Nashville, but the sites and sounds of the city are completely hidden from this area. Located in the affluent Oak Hill neighborhood, this park is one of the best maintained in middle Tennessee. It’s also one of the best places to see wildlife. I’ve routinely seen deer, turkey, and even bald eagles.  Continue reading “Trail Review: Radnor Lake trails”

(Water) Trail Review: the Narrows of the Harpeth River

Perfect for a beginner (or lazy) water lover!

Today was my first time inner tubing the Narrows of the Harpeth, but I’ve kayaked it before. Other than the speed at which I moved, there was little difference between the tubing and kayaking experiences.

The Narrows of the Harpeth is part of the Harpeth River State Park. If you put-in/take-out at the standard spots, it’s a 5.5-mile float (or paddle) down a Class 1 river.   Continue reading “(Water) Trail Review: the Narrows of the Harpeth River”