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Beginner Hike Through Edwin Warner Park

Meeting Time: 3:55 PM
Meeting Place: Edwin Warner Park Entrance Natchez Trace Trailhead Cabin at the gravel parking lot to the right of the Nature Center 
Hike Distance: 2 1/2 miles 
Estimated Hike Time: 1 1/2 hours 
Difficulty: Easy, paved trails. Some easy climbs on slightly hilly road. 
Hike Leader: Kathryn Darden 
Leashed dogs are welcomed. 

Enjoy the scenery at Edwin Warner Park 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. If you are not sure you or your dog can hike 2 1/2 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 fast, we do keep a steady pace so the group can enjoy the many health benefits of hiking.

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

Dog walkers welcome. Dog leashes should be 6 ft. long or less per park rules so dogs don't get in the way of joggers and bikers. The park appreciates dog walkers who carry litter bags for their pets. If your dog does not get along well with other dogs or strangers, this is probably not a good activity.

If you RSVP, please give 24 hour notice if you must cancel. 

THIS HIKE WILL BE CANCELED IN THE EVENT OF RAIN. 

If you have not done a beginner hike, this might be helpful: 
Beginner hikes: Top 10 tips for hiking newbies 
http://www.examiner.com/article/beginner-hikes-top-10-tips-for-hiking-newbies

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  • Kathryn

    If it is not raining tonight when I get off from work at 5:15, I plan to do either the 2 1/2 (without the overlook) or 3 mile hike (with the overlook) at a slow pace at 6:15. I will have been standing on my feet for several hours, so this hike will be for relaxation. I plan to get to the Natchez Trace Trailhead about 6:15. I tried to get this announced as a hike last night but it never went up, so I figured I would just let you guys know this way.

    1 · August 17, 2013

    • Kathryn

      Great! I just got in, am changing from work clothes and will meet you at 6:15!hiki

      August 17, 2013

    • Kathryn

      LOL! I think the hiki must be like a wiki for hikers... :-P

      August 17, 2013

  • Kathryn

    I am leading the same hike again on Friday, Aug. 23 at 7 pm. If anyone feels like they know the trail well enough to bring up the rear and "sweep" to make sure no one gets lost or left behind, please let me know! http://www.meetup.com/nashville-hiking/events/134450182/

    August 12, 2013

    • Susan S.

      Hey Kathryn, will it be at the same pace as the first one? I can't keep up with the fast hikes, but felt the need to move a bit quicker than the first beginners hike!

      August 12, 2013

    • Kathryn

      It will be the same hike and will move at about the same pace--about an hour and a half for about a 3 mile hike which makes it a moderately easy beginner's hike.

      August 12, 2013

  • Lisa C.

    I really enjoyed meeting everyone today. I'm glad the weather held up for us. I look forward to doing this again soon.

    1 · August 10, 2013

    • Kathryn

      Thanks for coming. I am glad your knee held out and that you brought Nicole. We will do it again soon and also check out your park for future hikes.

      1 · August 11, 2013

  • Roger A.

    I got to the trailhead 5 minutes late. I think I missed everyone. I still did the hike, but missed the commoradery. Maybe next time.

    August 10, 2013

    • Kathryn

      Sorry we missed you. We waited until 4:05 to leave the trailhead hoping that would give everyone a chance to park and join us. Then we stopped for group shots just inside the entrance which took another minute or two. I hope you make it next time!

      August 10, 2013

    • Roger A.

      It's a nice trail. I keep an eye out for your group's next hike. Thanks

      1 · August 11, 2013

  • mary a

    Thank you for leading a beginner hike Kathryn. Enjoyed it.

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Sunny...

    Drat. I seem to have hurt my knee last night doing some home reno work. I've been icing...no luck so far. I wanted to give up my spot but if it's better & there's space could I tag back in? :-) Hope ya'll have a great time.

    August 9, 2013

    • Kathryn

      Sorry you won't be able to make it. It the weather does not cooperate, we may have to cancel anywway. I plan to do more -- I hope to do at least one a month, usually at Edwin Warner for now.

      August 9, 2013

    • Kathryn

      I hope your knee is better now.

      August 10, 2013

  • Kathryn

    Thanks so much to everyone who came out and supported out first easy beginner hike. I have posted an article with photos here:
    http://www.examiner.com/article/easy-beginner-hike-at-edwin-warner-sets-the-pace-for-future-slower-group-hikes

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • Sharon

    Great hike. Truly a beginner's level

    2 · August 10, 2013

  • Sarah

    Great trail, great pace, great group!

    2 · August 10, 2013

  • Kathryn

    The sun is still out in Bellevue and radar shows no rain activity anywhere in the area, although according to the forecast we still might get some late showers. I am still planning to meet at 3:55. If it is raining then, we will cancel, so don't drive out in the rain! If we get there and some rain clouds are blowing up as we arrive, we can do a shorter hike or--worst case scenario--cancel then if necessary.

    August 10, 2013

  • Susan S.

    Something came up last minute and I can't go... :(

    August 10, 2013

    • Kathryn

      I will do this again, hopefully, at least once a month. Keep an eye out for the next one!

      August 10, 2013

  • Jeanne R.

    I am new to Nashville and like going to new places. My dog Mayan will also be coming with me.

    1 · August 10, 2013

    • Kathryn

      I look forward to meeting you.

      August 10, 2013

  • Kathryn

    It's a beautiful day so far today and I am excited about our hike. If the afternoon rains they are predicting roll in, I will make a decision to cancel by 3 and post it here. If it is raining at 3 or looks like a storm is brewing, I will cancel the hike. If anyone has a long drive where an hour's notice would not be enough, let me know and I will make a decision earlier.

    August 10, 2013

  • Linda J.

    I'm tenative for today - something came up yesterday and if I get it all worked out today in time I'll be there - if not go without me and I'll catch it next time -

    August 10, 2013

    • Kathryn

      Go ahead and remove your RSVP so it doesn't count against you as a No Show if you think you can't make it. If you can make it at the last minute, come on and join us.

      August 10, 2013

  • Lisa C.

    This will be my first hike, is there a way to contact the host? I have a couple questions before I sign up. Thanks!

    1 · August 9, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      I replied to your e-mail, not sure if you got it. I will be there and look forward to meeting everyone.

      1 · August 9, 2013

    • Kathryn

      Got it! I look forward to meeting you. I hope the weather is dry enough for a nice hike!

      1 · August 9, 2013

  • Malissa M

    Thank you Kathryn. It's great to have a beginner's hike to build endurance. Wish there were more beginner's hikes that progress gradually adding an additional mile after a month. Thanks again!

    1 · August 9, 2013

    • Malissa M

      Hi Kathryn, That's great! Even after we're comfortable with 21/2 miles and bump up a loop or two, it never hurts to drop back down as long as we just keep hiking. So looking forward to these hikes. Thanks so much for leading these!!!!

      1 · August 9, 2013

    • Kathryn

      You are welcome! I like to take pictures and I love to walk with my little dog so a beginner hike is just as much fun for me as a moderate hike where I have to leave the dog and camera at home.

      August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi there! I am very interested in joining, however I do not have hiking boots yet. Would it be okay to wear tennis shoes?

    1 · August 9, 2013

    • Kathryn

      Tennis shoes are perfect. I do not recommend sandals or flip flops, though! :-)

      August 9, 2013

    • Malissa M

      Hi Britny! That's all I wear are tennis shoes when I hike with the group! Boots would probably be too hot this time of year.

      August 9, 2013

  • Susan S.

    I am so happy about this! Tried Radnor hike and could NOT keep up with the pros... I am really glad shorter hikes are starting for those of us not ready for the longer ones!

    1 · August 9, 2013

  • Bob A.

    This is great Kathryn!

    1 · August 8, 2013

    • Kathryn

      Thanks, Bob. (I almost spelled it "Bib" but I caught it before it posted! LOL!)

      August 9, 2013

  • Kelly S.

    Beginner hikes are one of our most requested. Thanks, Kathryn, for leading these!

    1 · August 8, 2013

    • Kathryn

      Thanks for your help and encouragement, Kelly.

      August 9, 2013

  • jeff j.

    bringing friends from CA

    1 · August 8, 2013

    • Kathryn

      That's great! Just make sure they are all up for a 2 1/2 mile hike at a steady pace!

      August 8, 2013

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