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Easy 2.5 Mile Hike at Bowie Nature Park West of Nashville

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.


HIKE STATS:
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.

Beginner hikes: Top 10 tips for hiking newbies http://www.examiner.com/article/beginner-hikes-top-10-tips-for-hiking-newbies

Hiking 101: What is a beginner hike? http://www.examiner.com/article/hiking-101-what-is-a-beginner-hike

Top Three Things You Need to Know About Beginner Hiking http://voices.yahoo.com/top-three-things-know-beginner-hiking-12310663.html?cat=5

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  • Jim S.

    Cool picture of the horse Kathryn, and thanks again for the delicious cookie hard to eat just one ha.

    2 · September 23, 2013

  • Jim S.

    Hi Kathryn I saw the photos and they all turned out good it was so nice meeting you and Jack today, he's a mighty dog!! I'm looking forward to the next hike.

    September 22, 2013

    • Kathryn

      You said you wanted a copy of the horse photos. I just wanted to make sure you saw it. It was nice meeting you, too.

      September 23, 2013

  • Kathryn

    Easy, relaxing, slow-paced hike.

    September 22, 2013

  • Gary

    My apologies - I didn't allow enough time for some of the traffic, etc. I did hike and enjoyed the area. Sorry that I missed you this time.

    2 · September 22, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      I'm glad you did get to enjoy it, hope you can join us another day.

      September 22, 2013

    • Kathryn

      We missed you and your camera!

      1 · September 22, 2013

  • Jim S.

    Thank you so much Lisa for a great afternoon on this beautiful fall equinox. The weather was awesome and it was nice to meet everyone. A little slice of heaven today!!! Look forward to many more adventures

    1 · September 22, 2013

    • Kathryn

      Did you see the photos, Jim?

      September 22, 2013

  • Lisa C.

    Thanks to everyone that came out today. I really enjoyed meeting everyone and seeing those of you that I have met before. What a great way to spend the first day of fall. Hope to see you all again soon.

    2 · September 22, 2013

  • Kathryn

    Thanks, Lisa, for a wonderful afternoon wandering around woods and lakes under the tall loblolly pine trees. Jack and I had a great time and enjoyed talking with the other hikers so much!

    2 · September 22, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      I had a great time with everyone, glad you were there.

      September 22, 2013

  • Michelle

    I apologize for the late notice but I had to change my RSVP. At the last minute... Friday night... my son told me about family day at his USMC Reserves unit in Chattanooga this weekend. I am not going to be back in Nashville in time to attend this today as I though I would be. I very much want to do this hike so I will be on the lookout for the next one.

    September 22, 2013

    • Michelle

      Cool! No plans next Sunday and family days are once a year. :-)

      1 · September 22, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      Sounds great, see you then

      September 22, 2013

  • Ginger

    Beautiful day why not?

    September 22, 2013

  • charlotte c

    Having to back out last minute. Not at a good stopping point for todays chores. Couldn't ask for a prettier day. Ya'll enjoy the hike.

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Marci

    Sorry, me too.

    September 22, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      No problem, thanks for letting me know.

      September 22, 2013

  • Jim S.

    Thank you Lisa. I look forward to meeting everyone the weather is perfect and fall equinox starts at 3:44 very cool!!!

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Ginger

    Beautiful day why not?

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Kathryn

    I am bringing cookies! :-)

    1 · September 22, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      Sounds yummy (actually I know that they are).

      September 22, 2013

  • Lisa C.

    Hi everyone.
    When you come into the park keep driving straight, you will see us on the right. I also want to remind everyone that this is not a fast paced hike nor is it strenuous. It is an unpaved trail but are very well maintained.
    I'm looking forward to this afternoon - we have an absolutely beautiful day for a hike.

    September 22, 2013

  • Jim S.

    Hi my name is Jim and I will try to make it. First time for me and it sounds like a lot of fun.

    1 · September 22, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      Hi Jim. I look forward to meeting you, i hope you can make it. If you have any problems finding us please call my cell [masked]) & I'll try to help get you to where we are.

      September 22, 2013

  • Kathryn

    Looking forward to it!

    1 · September 21, 2013

  • Janet

    Sorry guys, I have to work. Have fun!

    September 21, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      Thanks for letting me know, hope you can make it another day.

      September 21, 2013

  • Lisa C.

    If you have any problems finding the park or where we are meeting please feel free to give me a call [masked]-8266.

    I look forward to seeing everyone - it looks like we will have beautiful weather.

    September 21, 2013

  • Kathryn

    I REALLY hope to make this. I think a friend is going with whom I can ride, so I am planning to be there!

    September 16, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      That's awesome! Looking forward to seeing you out here.

      September 16, 2013

  • Michelle

    This will be my first event with this group. Looking forward to it!!

    1 · September 16, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      I'm looking forward to meeting you. Glad you can join us.

      1 · September 16, 2013

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