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Beginners Halloween Hike Through Edwin Warner Park: COSTUMES WELCOME!

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  • Edwin Warner Park Natchez Trace Trailhead

    7311 Highway 100, Nashville, TN (map)

    36.060966 -86.914536

  • We will meet at the Natchez Trace Trailhead structure at the Woolwine gravel parking lot which shares the Hwy. 100 entrance with the Nature Center

    It may be too damp for some costumes but costumes are still welcome! Bring a flashlight or lantern.

    Meeting Time: 5:55 PM. Feel free to come a few minutes early to mix and mingle with other hikers.

    Meeting Place: Edwin Warner Park Natchez Trace/Old Road Trailhead Cabin at the Woolwine Parking Lot (gravel parking lot to the right of the Nature Center).

    Hike Distance: 2 1/2 miles with extra 1/2 mile option

    Estimated Hike Time: 1 1/2 hours

    Difficulty: Moderately easy, paved trails for Level 3 beginners. Some easy and moderate climbs around the Edwin Warner hills. Optional climb to the overlook.

    Hike Leader: Kathryn Darden

    Leashed dogs are welcomed.

    Looking for something different to do this Halloween? Enjoy Edwin Warner Park by moonlight on the paved road that circles the park. This is a great beginner hike for people and dogs who can walk 2 1/2 miles at a steady pace with an optional loop to the scenic overlook.

    We will hike the easiest way in this time, but there will still be hills and 2 1/2 - 3 miles of steady hiking, so this is only an easy hike if you have already been walking 2 1/2 miles regularly on hilly roads or trails.


    * This is a beginners hike because of the slower pace and paved road, but it is for active walkers because we maintain a steady pace, there is a steady incline, it is a 2 1/2 - 3 mile walk and it includes a moderate climb up to an overlook. Please do not come if you are not sure you can walk at least 2 1/2 miles without rest breaks.

    If you are not sure you or your dog can hike 2 1/2 - 3 miles without rest breaks, try it in your neighborhood or local park to see if you are up to it. While we don't go full speed, we do keep a steady pace so the group can enjoy the many health benefits of hiking. This hike is not appropriate for those who are not in good physical shape, and even at our slower pace, it is not a slow stroll in the park. There is one rest stop where hikers can rest while the rest of the group climbs up to the overlook. If you are a fast walker, please note that you are signing up for a slower hike.

    Photographers welcome. Our pace is slow enough to allow people to stop to take pictures and catch up with the group.

    Dogs welcome IF they are well behaved and LEASHED AT ALL TIMES. Dog leashes should be 6 ft. long or less per park rules so dogs don't get in the way of joggers and bikers. If your dog does not get along well with other dogs or strangers, this is not a good activity. If your dog is aggressive, not leashed or causes any other problems, you may be asked to leave or to move to the end of the hike where your dog won't disturb other hikers.

    Children welcome IF they are well behaved and can keep up. Rowdy behavior, running in and out around hikers, fighting/mock fighting, throwing things, yelling and crying are not acceptable on a group hike where people have come to relax while hiking and enjoying nature. If your children are disruptive, you and your children may be asked to leave or to move to the end of the hike where your child/children won't disturb other hikers.

    It will be dusk when we start and dark when we leave, so bring a flashlight (or lantern) if you want.

    If you are familiar with the park and would act as a sweeper to walk at the end of the line and make sure everyone finishes without getting lost, let me (Kathryn) know in the comments below or tell me when you arrive.

    If you RSVP, please give 12 hours notice if you must cancel.


    If you have not done a beginner group hike and are not sure what to expect, these might be helpful reading:

    Beginner hikes: Top 10 tips for hiking newbies

    Hiking 101: What is a beginner hike?

    Top Three Things You Need to Know About Beginner Hiking

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  • Stephen M.

    I'm sorry to drop out but it's a long trip for me and travel conditions are not good.

    October 31, 2013

  • Kathryn

    We will keep an eye on this weather. If it is raining right before hike time in Bellevue, I will call it off. I do not take roll when the weather and hike are iffy, so if you don't see a post from me before you leave, use your own best judgment. Rigt now it is just blowy in Bellevue with a few drops now and then. I hike in this kind of weather.

    1 · October 31, 2013

    • priscilla

      I'd have to leave by 5:15 so will let you know then if I'm still going to drive up. Thanks Priscilla

      October 31, 2013

    • Kathryn

      That's fine, Priscilla. I totally understand. It is iffy and I hate to cancel when it might just be a windy night... which would be FUN!

      October 31, 2013

  • Stephen M.

    I can't find my costume! Maybe I can just tag along in the back somewhere.

    October 28, 2013

    • Kathryn

      That's OK, Steve. If you can't find your costume, I'll bring one for you. What size skirt do you wear? (j/k)

      October 28, 2013

    • Kathryn

      If you won't wear a costume, find something orange!

      October 30, 2013

  • Kathryn

    Changing the hike to 6 pm for those who have Halloween plans later in the evening.

    October 25, 2013


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