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Moderate Trail Hike Through Edwin Warner Park--Advanced Beginner's Version


Meeting Time: 4:10 PM. Feel free to come a few minutes early to mix and mingle with other hikers.
Meeting Place: Edwin Warner Park Natchez Trace/Old Road Trailhead Cabin at the Woolwine Parking Lot (gravel parking lot to the right of the Nature Center).
Hike Distance: Roughly 3 - 3 1/2 miles on the Blue and Yellow trails.
Estimated Hike Time: 1 1/2 hours, more or less depending on how fast we take it
Difficulty: Moderate, unpaved trails with moderate climbs up and down the Edwin Warner hills, sometimes a bit steep for short distances.
Hike Leader: Kathryn Darden 
Leashed dogs are welcome.

Enjoy the scenery at Edwin Warner Park on the unpaved trails as we climb through the hills. This is a great moderate hike for people and dogs who can walk and climb 3 1/2 miles or so at a steady pace with 2 or 3 stops to catch our breath.

This is not an easy hike unless you are in good shape.


* This is a moderate hike because it is on unpaved trails and there are several fairly steep climbs over rocks and roots. However, we will take it at an advanced beginners pace which means a moderately slow but steady pace. In addition, we will stop 2 or 3 times as needed after steeper climbs to catch our breath and enjoy the scenery.

Please do not come if you are not sure you can walk and climb at least 3 miles with only limited rest breaks.

If you are not sure you or your dog can hike 3 1/2 or more 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 full speed, we do keep a steady pace so the group can enjoy the many health benefits of hiking. This hike is not appropriate for those who are not in good physical shape, and even at our slower pace, it is not a slow stroll in the park.

If you are a fast hiker, please note that you are signing up for a slower hike. 

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

Dog walkers welcome IF they are well behaved and LEASHED AT ALL TIMES. Dog leashes should be 6 ft. long or less per park rules so dogs don't get in the way of joggers and bikers. Some of the paths we will be on are narrow and we share the trails with other hikers and joggers. 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 not a good activity. If your dog is aggressive, not leashed or causes any other problems, you may be asked to leave or to move to the end of the hike where your dog won't disturb other hikers.

This is not a good hike for young children under 12. In addition, rowdy behavior, running in and out around hikers, fighting/mock fighting, throwing things, yelling and crying are never acceptable on a group hike where people have come to relax while hiking and enjoying nature.  If your kids are disruptive, you and your children may be asked to leave or to move to the end of the hike where your child/children won't disturb other hikers.

If you are familiar with the park and would act as a sweeper to walk at the end of the line and make sure no one gets lost, let me (Kathryn) know in the comments below or tell me when you arrive.

If you RSVP, please give 12 hours notice if you must cancel. 


If you have not done a moderate group hike and are not sure what to expect, this might be helpful reading:

Hiking 101: What is a moderate hike?

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  • Sondra

    I'm really grateful that you published this clarification on hiking intensities. I hiked the red trail (Mossy Ridge 4.5?) over Labor Day, which was a very hot and humid weekend, and finished it in 1:40. I have been avoiding the "advanced hikers" meet ups because I was unsure of the fitness intensity, I think you would have to jog/run the flats on that particular trail to make it any more advanced. Thanks again.

    1 · October 18, 2013

  • Kathryn

    Thanks to everyone who came today. My future hikes will be listed here:

    October 19, 2013

  • Don

    I'm stuck in traffic. Not going to make it. Sorry

    October 19, 2013

  • Lijun S.

    The traffic on West End is too heavy. I will not be able to meet you on time. Enjoy your hiking!

    October 19, 2013

  • karen

    If it is still rainy and windy, I won't be coming

    October 19, 2013

  • Kathryn

    I just got home from hiking this trail wearing a pedometer-- a cheap pedometer. According to the pedometer, the hike was around 7,000 steps which is about 3.5 miles. I would be surprised if it was really over 3 miles. I suspect I take smaller steps climbing over roots and rocks. I finished in an hour and 15 minutes with only 2 short stops, so I have shortened the time for the hike to an hour and a half. There was plenty of daylight as I was leaving the park. I=

    1 · October 14, 2013

    • Kathryn

      I started at 4:15, so I did the exact hike we will do on Saturday.

      October 14, 2013

  • Kathryn

    I am trying to plan this hike between two other events on Saturday, so please bear with me if I move it up or move it back 15 minutes or so as we get closer to the 19th.

    October 10, 2013

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