Bells Bend Loop Trail

January 19, 2012 in Tennessee Hiking Trails by amylaree

Bells Bend Park

Bells Bend Park

We headed out to Bells Bend Park on an unseasonably warm January day (which seems like almost every day this winter) to give our legs a good stretch and knock another trail off our 60 within 60 list.  This turned out to be less of a hike and more of a walk through the fields, but did make for a decent outing.

  1. Scenery: 2.0
  2. Difficulty: 1.0
  3. Distance: 2.5
  4. Convenience: 5.0
  5. Dog Friendliness: 5.0
  6. Bonus Funtimes: 2.0
Bells Bend

Wide open spaces at Bells Bend.

Scenery (2.0 out of 5.0): Bells Bend Park was originally slated to become a landfill, but the city eventually deemed it unfit to house all the city’s trash.  As that history alludes to, the park is fairly wide open and mostly flat.

This hike was more reminiscent of a walk on a Kansas farm than a hike in the Tennessee foothills.  The trails are well-kept, mowed swaths the break up the rolling prairie-type grasses.  There are some scenic spots as the trail parallels the Cumberland River.

Difficulty (1.0 out of 5.0): This was an immensely easy trail… and would’ve been even more of a breeze if we had paid attention to the trail map as we set out from the Poplar Hollow trailhead.  There are a lot of spur trails and none of them are marked, so we wound up WAY off the loop early on, but easily managed to get back on track.

Bells Bend Park

Satisfied with Bells Bend.

Distance: 2.5 miles

Convenience (5.0 out of 5.0): This trail is an easy 20 minute drive from downtown Nashville, a few miles off of Ashland City Highway in the western Davidson County.

Dog Friendliness (5.0 out of 5.0): The dogs didn’t break much of a sweat on this trail.  There’s a creek at the trailhead so they could drink up before and after hitting the trail.  This is a very dog friendly trail in the Nashville area.

Bonus Funtimes (2.0 out of 5.0): This is a very family-friendly with easy trails and plenty of room for the kids to safely roam. There’s also an Outdoor Center that looks likely to have plenty of activities during open hours.  Also, ornithologist will greatly enjoy this trail for the abundant bird life the flits and flies about the area.


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