Easy 3 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 3 miles on 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: 3 total easy miles with option to skip the Lake View for 2 ½ 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 3-mile hike includes walking the Loblolly Loop trail, turning at the Twin Lakes Loop where we will run into Lake Anna. We will walk the ½ mile around Lake Anna - there is a picnic area by the lake if the group needs a brief resting place or would like to skip the walk around the lake. 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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  • Sharon

    I hope to make it.

    2 · September 24, 2013

    • Sharon

      sorry to miss. Ended up having the grandkids and certainly did not want to have them out in the rain especially since 4 yr old was just getting over something and not wanting to create issue for the 2 yr old either.

      October 1, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      I totally understand. Hope you can make it out another time.

      October 1, 2013

  • Jim S.

    Had another great time this afternoon. Enjoyed the light rain, and meeting everyone.

    3 · September 29, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      I'm glad you were able to make it, it was nice seeing you again.

      September 30, 2013

  • Kathryn

    Anyone coming through Bellevue?

    September 29, 2013

    • Kathryn

      Sorry I will have to miss it. You know a few sprinkles wouldn't stop me, but no ride and a very busy day are conspiring to keep me here. Have fun!

      1 · September 29, 2013

    • Pedro

      Hi Kathryn, sorry I wasn't able to help you with a ride. I'll let you know with more notice if I'm going to this location again.

      September 29, 2013

  • Pedro

    Great hike despite the rain. Would love to do it again.

    1 · September 29, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      I try to schedule this hike at least a couple times a month. I hope to see you out here again soon.

      September 29, 2013

  • Tami

    Awesome hike !! Enjoyed meeting everyone and can't wait to do it again!

    2 · September 29, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      I'm glad you joined us, it was nice meeting you too.

      September 29, 2013

  • Lisa C.

    The group managed to walk the 3 miles right under an hour today. I'm certain the rain had a little something to do with that. Thanks to those who were able to join us today, I really enjoyed.

    September 29, 2013

  • Donna "Rocksee" C.

    Just got back home - sorry to have missed this one.

    September 29, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      Hope to see you out here soon.

      1 · September 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just saw this, hopefully I can be there in time.

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • Jim S.

    Hi Lisa I'm on my way. Don't think the rain will be too bad.

    September 29, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      There are a few light sprinkles here and there, nothing bad at all. See you soon.

      September 29, 2013

  • Lisa C.

    If Pedro is coming Old Hickory Blvd to HW 100 maybe you guys could meet somewhere in between. Edwin Warner & Kroger.

    September 29, 2013

  • Pedro

    I'll be driving from Nipper's Corner if anyone wants to car pool.

    September 29, 2013

  • Lisa C.

    A couple reminders:
    This is a slow paced hike on an unpaved path with minimal elevation changes.
    In the event of rain, I will cancel only if there is lightening and/or torrential rain.
    When you come into the park go straight and you will see us. If you have any problems please give me a call[masked]

    September 29, 2013

  • Lisa C.

    It looks like we have a 50/50 chance of rain on Sunday.
    IN THE EVENT OF RAIN:
    •Torrential downpour – I will cancel the hike
    •Sprinkling to light rain - We will hike
    •Lightening – I will cancel the hike
    I will send out a message at least an hour ahead of time
    tion, share something, or leave a comment...

    September 25, 2013

  • Kathryn

    I hope to do it again! Won't know for sure until towards the end of the week.

    1 · September 23, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      I hope we have great weather like we did this weekend. We couldn't have asked for any better.

      1 · September 23, 2013

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