Bowie Nature Park has over 700 beautiful acres of forest, approximately 17 miles of trails, 6 lakes, and several creeks. We will incorporate 3 lakes and 2.5 miles into this hike. The trails are fairly wide, well kept, and easy to hike, they are shared with horse riders and mountain bikes. This is a great hike for beginners.
Meeting Time: 4:00 P.M.
Meeting Place: Bowie Nature Park 7211 Bowie Lake Rd, Fairview, TN 37062
Estimated Drive Time from Nashville (one way): approximately 30 minutes
Hike Distance: 2.5 total easy miles with option to skip the Lake View for 2 miles
Estimated Hike Time: 1 ½ hours
Difficulty: Easy, slow pace – this is an unpaved hike with minimal elevation changes - an unpaved hike doesn’t get much easier
Hike Leader: Lisa
Notes: Dogs are welcome – per park rules, they must be on a leash or tether at all times. Please bring a bag to clean up after you dog.
Bowie Nature Park is a family friendly hike where you can explore the many trails, lakes, and creeks in this forest with over 700 acres - of course there is always a potential to see wildlife. The 2.5-mile hike includes walking the Loblolly Loop trail, turning at the Twin Lakes Loop and we will run into Lake Anna. There is a picnic area by the lake if the group needs a brief resting place. We will then take the Twin Lakes Loop back to Loblolly Loop and finish this trail at Lake Van. Finally, we will walk the half mile around Lake Van and end back up where we began. There are picnic tables at Lake Van if anyone would like to bring sandwiches and drinks. As a word of warning, there are many ducks and geese that will welcome you at the picnic area – the park asks that you refrain from feeding them.
The trails are well kept, they are dirt, rock, and many areas are covered with pine needles. Please remember that we may share the trails with mountain bikers and horse riders. Be prepared for mud, potential slippery spots, and very slight inclines at times. Bring hiking boots (preferred), bug spray, your camera, and plenty of water. We'll meet at the kiosk in front of the restrooms and leave promptly at 4:00.
Trail map: http://www.bowiepark.org/wp-content/uploads/bowiemap.pdf
Directions to trailhead:
Address: 7211 Bowie Lake Rd, Fairview, TN 37062
From Nashville, Interstate 40 west, exit 182 Hwy 96, south to Fairview, west on Hwy 100, 1 mile on right.
From Franklin, TN, North on Hwy 96 to Hwy. 100, west to Fairview city limits. 4 miles on right.
From Memphis, Interstate 40 east, exit 182 on to Hwy 96, south to Fairview, exit west on to Hwy 100, 1 mile on right.
Turn right on Bowie Lake Rd. Drive into park, past the playground and park at kiosk in front of the restrooms.
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