Edwin Warner Trails

The Edwin Warner Trails comprise some of the best hiking opportunities in Nashville. The trails include Hungry Hawk Trail, Little Acorn Trail, Amphitheater Trail, Nature Loop, Harpeth Woods Trail, Quarry Detour and Owl Hollow Trail. The Harpeth Woods Trail is the longest being 2 1/2 miles, the others except for Owl Hollow and Quarry Detour are less than a mile and are located near the Warner Park Nature Center. Besides the trails there are several miles of paved roads used only by bikers, joggers and walkers. Motorized vehicles are not allowed on these roads. If these maps do not meet your needs printed maps may be bought at the Warner Park Headquarters and Friends of Warner Parks Office located at 50 Vaughn Road. The hours of the Park are from Dawn until 11:00 p.m.

Within the Edwin Warner Park there are several points of interest if you are looking for something to do in Nashville. A short hike from the Nature Center will bring the casual hiker to the Sharp View Observation Platform. For the bird watcher and photographer there is a bird blind located on the Hungry Hawk Trail. If you need a small amphitheater for groups the Nature Theater is on the Amphitheater Trail available on a first-come first-served basis.

Harpeth Woods Trail

The Harpeth Woods Trail is a 2 1/2 mile loop blazed blue of a moderate difficulty. There are three trailheads at which the hiker may choose to begin. The first being from near the Warner Park Nature Center, second from the trailhead located near the parking area accessed from Highway 100 and third from the Little Harpeth River Picnic Area off Vaughn Road. The trail includes sections of or detours to other named trails worth exploring. Their are signs and markers to direct the hiker. Part of the trail follows the historic Natchez Trace. The quarry used by the Works Progress Administration in the 30's and 40's for the building of the park can be viewed from the Quarry Detour. Along the trail the hiker will have the opportunity to see wildlife, wildflowers and a variety of trees such as oak, beech and cedar. At the Quarry fossils are exposed in the limestone. Remember the collection of any specimen is prohibited, leave with your memories and photographs.

Nature Loop

Near the Warner Park Nature Center and partially sharing the same trail with the Harpeth Woods Trail and others nearby is the Nature Loop. It is a 3/4 mile moderate trail blazed yellow. A booklet is available from the Nature Center describing 20 points of interest. The trail features a wet weather creek, a variety of trees and a section of the trail is the historic Natchez Trace.

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