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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Nashville - 4th Edition
by Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)
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Nice, short, 2 hour trail. Not a lot of scenery but it was a clean trail. Recent flooding has damaged foot bridges on the west side of the parkway and much of the trail is covered with debris. The east side was great. Perfect for my first hike of the year.
Stay on the east side and double back. The northwest loop is noisy with Trace traffic
I only did the Garrison Creek Loop portion of the trail. It was about 3 miles total. Not many hills, though enough changes in elevation to make it interesting. The last portion of the loop has two creek crossings so bring your water shoes. There is also a farm with some Llamas near the end of the loop so you should get some great wildlife photos :) The trail is not just for hikers, but horseback riders as well, so make sure you're ready to dodge.
Gorgeous area just south of nashville by about 30 minutes. Fairly easy trail to handle for in-shape runners. Due to the rain and the horse usage, trail ground was very soft making for some tough times. Creek to cross is too big to jump, so look for a log to go over, and then on the way back you can cheat and use the road overpass. Recommend running the trail when it warms up and the ground is more firm. Perfect distance for a solid hour run.
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