Bledsoe Creek State Park Loop

March 6, 2012 in Tennessee Hiking Trails by amylaree

bledsoe creek trailhead

Bledsoe Creek Trailhead

And… WE’RE BACK! After a six week hiking hiatus, Nate’s leg is finally pretty much 100% mended (hooray!), so we took advantage of a chilly Sunday morning to get back on the trails. We chose Bledsoe Creek State Park Loop just outside of Gallatin as our first “recovery hike” for its mostly flat terrain (except for one solid climb), short trail length and convenience to Nashville.

  1. Scenery: 2.5
  2. Difficulty: 2.0
  3. Distance: 3.1 miles
  4. Convenience: 4.0
  5. Dog Friendliness: 5.0
  6. Bonus Funtimes: 4.5

Scenery (2.5 out of 5.0): This hike is pretty well broken into two segments. The first part takes you along the shoreline of Old Hickory Lake along the campsites and playgrounds of the small state park. This provides some nice views of the lake and a surprising number of covered foot bridges, but you certainly don’t feel like you’ve escaped into nature. That happens during the second leg.

The back portion of the loop is very reminiscent of portions of Radnor Lake. The flat terrain becomes slightly hilly and the trail leaves the shoreline to escape into the surrounding woodlands. Since the leaves are still in hibernation mode, we were able to catch some nice glimpses of the lake as we climbed up the hill. The lakeviews were nice, but the scenery was interrupted by a lot of lakeside homes.

One surprising element of this hike was the frequent glimpses of wildlife. From mallards to cranes to a herd of 9 deer just up the hill from us, we were able to see a nice range of critters on this short hike.

climb at bledsoe state park

Thus begins our climb…

Difficulty (2.0 out of 5.0): The bulk of this hike is very, very easy. We saw a couple of families and people of all fitness levels on the trail this day. The first portion that meanders along the lake is not challenging at all. As you begin the second portion of the trail there are some small climbs interrupted by one rather steep climb. This one steep climb left us pretty winded and reminded that our home-bound status the last six weeks didn’t do our fitness any favors. However, we recovered quickly and enjoyed the remainder of the trail.

Distance: 3.1 miles (it took us just over an hour with several stops for pics and nature watching)

Convenience (4.0 out of 5.0): Bledsoe Creek SP is just on the northeast side of Gallatin and is well marked and easily accessible from the highway.

Dog Friendliness (5.0 out of 5.0): This was a great trail for the dogs with plenty of opportunities for water along the shoreline and small creeks throughout. However, I did handoff Ezra to Nate when we ran into the herd of deer in fear that he (Ezra, not Nate) would drag me down one hill and up the other if he got a good whiff of those four legged beauties.

Bonus Funtimes (4.5 out of 5.0): Bledsoe Creek SP is a very family friendly locale – with lots of campsites, a playground, boat ramp access and plenty of spots for fishing, there are many of ways to keep yourself entertained by the lake.

bledsoe creek state park covered bridge

One of many covered bridges at Bledsoe Creek

 


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