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Easy Beginner 3.5 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 4 lakes and 3.5 miles on this hike. The trails are well kept, and easy to hike, and are shared with horse riders and mountain bikes.  This is a great hike for beginners.

HIKE STATS:

Meeting Time: 3:00 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: 3.5 total easy 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 

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 3.5 mile hike will start on the Loblolly Loop trail, turning at the Twin Lakes Loop where we will run into Lake Anna. We will walk the narrower trails on the White Pine Trail until we run into Bluff Trail. As we pass Lake Anna again and take a short rest break at the picnic area by the lake if anyone in the group would like. We will then take the Twin Lakes Loop back to Loblolly Loop and finish this trail at Lake Van. For those who would like to add an additional ½ mile to this hike - we will walk the half mile around Lake Van and end back up where we began.

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 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 3:00.

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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  • Lisa C.

    It was a perfect day for a hike in the Bowie Nature Park. The leaves are starting to turn the beautiful colors that can only be painted by Mother Nature. I appreciate everyone coming out - I know it's not the most convenient place to get to but I hope the beauty of the park (and great company we had today) made it worth the trip.

    October 13, 2013

  • Alan H

    Enjoyed the hike and enjoyed meeting everyone. Special thanks to Pedro and Sarah for giving a car-less guy a ride!

    1 · October 13, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      Thanks for joining us, I'm glad you made it.

      October 13, 2013

  • Emily M.

    I didn't realize how far the park is, so not going to make it today. Next time, though!

    October 13, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      Thanks for letting us know, hope to see you next time

      October 13, 2013

  • Pedro

    I'll be at the park with my two kids fishing and picnicking. Don't know if we'll join the hike. Alan, I'll text you in a little while about the ride. I can give someone a ride but might stay longer after the hike enjoying the park with the kids.

    1 · October 13, 2013

    • Alan H

      Thanks Pedro. I'll be waiting for you at Harpeth Trace Dr.

      October 13, 2013

  • Alan H

    I'd like to join, but I'm not wanting to drive out there. Carpool anyone? I'm on Hwy 100 at Percy Warner Park in Bellevue. Is anybody taking the scenic/direct route out Hwy 100 that could give me a lift? Thanks!
    -Alan Helfer
    phone/text[masked]

    October 13, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      If you ride in with Pedro and no one else is going that way I don't mind taking you back to your car.

      1 · October 13, 2013

  • Pedro

    I forgot to add my number:[masked]

    October 13, 2013

  • karen

    Sorry I can make the drive out after all, I live in Hendersonville. Have fun

    October 13, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      Hope you can make it another time. Thanks for letting us know.

      October 13, 2013

  • Lisa C.

    Good Morning All. When you come into Bowie Park stay straight, you will run into the pavilion after you pass the playground.

    If you are having trouble feel free to give me a call at[masked]-8266.

    See everyone at 3:00.

    Reminder: this is an easy hike, there are mild elevation changes and all of the paths are wide enough for a horse to go through. The hardest part of this hike is the distance.

    Lisa

    October 13, 2013

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