Harpeth Woods Trail at Edwin Warner Park
After the long day on the Natchez Trace a couple of weeks ago, we opted to keep close to home this weekend. Since the Nashville summer is in it’s full humidity glory, we headed out for a short late morning hike on the Harpeth Woods Trail. Like it’s neighbor on the other side of Old Hickory Boulevard, Edwin Warner offered an array of trails that provided plenty of shade on this late June day.
- Scenery: 2.5
- Difficulty: 2.0
- Length: 2.5 miles
- Ezrability: 3.5
- Convenience: 5.0
- Bonus Funtimes: 4.0
Scenery (2.5 out of 5.0): Just like on the other side of OHB, Edwin Warner’s Harpeth Woods Trail is rich with Tennessee scenery: moderate hills, tall trees, plenty of green foliage and a nice creek to round out the hike. While there wasn’t anything particularly remarkable about this trail, it’s an easy escape into a nice refuge in the Metro area.
Difficulty (2.0 out of 5.0): While it was only 2.5 miles, the middle portion of the trail provides plenty of burn for the hamstrings. Once past the quarry, the trail rises steadily for probably half a mile… followed quickly by a downhill stint that kicked our quads into gear. However, while this trail was slightly difficult, there are plenty of easy trails at Edwin Warner. We even saw one woman walking her dog while holding her toddler’s hand and carting her two-month old in a Baby Bjorn carrier. If she can make it up and down the trails with that crew, that proves there is something for everyone at Edwin Warner.
Length: 2.5 miles
Ezrability (3.5 out of 5.0): While Ezra lounged in the backyard instead of hitting the trail with us, this would’ve been a great trail for the pup. While the only water source for was a creek at the end of the trail, at only 2.5 miles, Ezra would’ve been plenty hydrated on this mini-trek and there were a host of dogs out with their owners on this warm Sunday morning. Friends have also said that there’s a good pond off of one of the paved trails that makes for a great doggie swimming hole.
Convenience (5.0 out of 5.0): At the intersection of Highway 100 and OHB, Edwin Warner is easy to access. Additionally, there are three trailheads throughout the park that makes it very convenient to hop on one of the trails. One word of caution, though… we hit up this trail on a late Sunday morning, which meant we got stuck in post-church traffic on our way back into town. (There are A LOT of churches on OHB) So keep an eye out for an array of cops, cars and traffic cones if you hit up Edwin Warner on a Sunday morning.
Bonus Funtimes (4.0 out of 5.0): Edwin Warner Park is chock-full of plenty of bonus funtimes. Whether you want to check out events at the amphitheater, throw together a soccer or baseball game, spend a leisurely afternoon learning about nature or simply picnic with friends and family, this park has a little bit of everything. Several playground areas and a small creek also supply plenty of good times for the kiddos, too. Check out Friends of Warner Parks for upcoming events.