Percy Priest Lake Three Hickories Trail

Nashville, Tennessee 37227

Percy Priest Lake Three Hickories Trail

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"This is an excellent hike for families with young children. The interpretive brochure explains a number of sites on the trail that takes you through the woods and karst topography, with its limestone outcrops and sinkholes. Along the shoreline of the lake, watch for turtles, waterbirds, and lake insects. This area also contains cedar glades, with their rare plants. Enjoy Mother Nature at her best!"

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"This is an excellent hike for families with young children. The interpretive brochure explains many sites on the trail that take you through the woods and karst topography, with its limestone outcrops and sinkholes. Watch for turtles and waterbirds along the shoreline of the lake. This is karst and cedar glade country. A karst is an area with little to no topsoil, with limestone outcrops reaching to the surface. The underlayer of limestone is gradually dissolved by water seeping through, allowing caves, passageways, and underground streams to be formed. Over time the top layers of limestone over the caves collapse, forming sinkholes and crevasses, which are the signature features of a karst." Read more

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6/4/2018
Three Hickories Nature Trail is a 1.6 mile hiking trail within Nashville’s Cook Recreation Area. It’s well marked and there is a restroom close to the trailhead. You’ll take exit 221-B off I-40 to get there. The trail is an easy hike through a pretty wooded area – it seems a lot of locals use it as a fitness trail. Parking is plentiful. There is a $5 per vehicle entrance fee. Pets are not allowed in the Cook Recreation Area, though you may sometimes see dogs on the trail that are brought on by people who accessed the trail from elsewhere. The Recreation Area also has a lake used for swimming and boating as well as picnic spots.
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1/1/2018
This little used Trail winds through a variety of woodland environments near Percy Priest Lake. There are two connected loops which seem to total more than 1.3 m. The shorter loop is very narrow and rocky and difficult to follow as it is very overgrown. Dogs are allowed but not in Cook Recreation Area where the Trailhead is. If you hike with your dog as I do, you can access the Trail off the main boat ramp rd across from the Old Campground. Two nice features are an ancient stone wall left over from pre Stones River Dam days, and two large sinkholes. There are a lot of Ticks in the Fall!
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Trail Information

Nashville
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
1.3
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1 hour
Duration
Year-round
Season
Cook Public Use Area
Local Contacts
USGS: Hermitage; trail maps and interpretive guides available at park headquarters
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018