Ridgetop Trail at Beaman Park

March 21, 2010 in Tennessee Hiking Trails by amylaree

Beaman Park is a quiet, but large park north of Nashville with several trails.  For our first outing at Beaman, we opted for the Ridgetop Trail (also called the Highland Trail).  As the name suggests, this route rolls along the top ridge of the park’s hills.
  1. Scenery: 2.0
  2. Difficulty: 2.5
  3. Distance: 4.2
  4. Convenience: 3.5
  5. Dog Friendliness: 3.5
  6. Bonus Funtimes: 2.0

Scenery (2.0 out of 5): Hiking along the top ridge of the park provided some nice views of the area’s valleys, but other than that, this trail didn’t provide any sights out of the ordinary.  Next time we head out to Beaman Park we’ll try the Henry Hollow Loop which promises a mix of creeks, hills and trees.

Difficulty (2.0 out of 5):  Other than a steep climb or two, this was a pretty easy trail that provided a good workout.

Distance:  4.2 miles

Convenience (3.5 out of 5):  An easy 25 minute drive from downtown Nashville.

Dog Friendliness (3.0 out of 5):  The trail was pretty dog friendly, but would have rated higher on Ezrability if there’d been some watering holes for the pup.

Bonus Funtimes (2.0 out of 5): The trek to Beaman Park makes for a nice drive.  Depending on the route you take (or the wrong route, as we discovered) you may come upon Ri’chard’s Café.  Known among local songwriters for its Writers’ Nights, Ri’chard’s is also a haven for anyone in need of Cajun food fix.  We were in the area on Super Bowl Sunday when the Saints were playing, so we figured the place would be a little too packed for a stop, but it’s on our list for the next time.


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