Old Hickory Nature Trail at Old Hickory Lake Dam

Old Hickory Lake Trail

Old Hickory Lake Trail

We hit up the Old Hickory Nature Trail on our way back from hiking at Bledsoe Creek SP in Gallatin. This short hike is located east of the Cumberland River in Madison (just north of East Nashville) and made for a quick stop off on our way home one afternoon.

  1. Scenery:  2.0
  2. Difficulty:  1.0
  3. Length:  1.5 miles
  4. Dog Friendly Factor: 5.0
  5. Convenience:  5.0
  6. Bonus Funtimes: 2.0
Looping through loblolly pines at Old Hickory Nature Trail

Looping through loblolly pines

Scenery (2.0 out of 5.0): Located a couple of hundred yards from Old Hickory Dam, this trail is a nice little escape into the woods — while still staying well within the confines of the metro area. The trail is flat and consists of a straight paved path with 3 pine-needle-strewn loops that act as offshoots from the main trail.

The pine trees are the most prominent feature of this trail and provide a nice barrier from the outside world. We also saw a great variety of birds along this trail – their splashes of color made a nice contrast against the pine trees.  There is also a large algae-covered pond at the far end of the trail.

Difficulty (1.0 out of 5.0): This is a super-easy walk through the woods, which makes it very family friendly. We hiked this trail on a Sunday afternoon and saw lots of families with young children and even one man pushing his daughter in her stroller through the pine needles.

Pond at Old Hickory Nature Trail

At the (not very far) end of the trail.

Length: 1.5 miles

Dog Friendly Factor (5.0 out of 5.0): This trail is just as dog-friendly as it is kid-friendly. Short and flat in nature and with a few spots for the pups to drink up.

Bonus Funtimes (2.0 out of 5.0): While this is a short hike, it does make a nice outing for bird watchers. Old Hickory Dam is a short walk from the trail head and is an impressive site to check out.



Old Hickory Dam

The Corps of Engineers wants to get your attention.


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