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.

Meeting Time: 2:00 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 2:00.

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 Hikinghttp://voices.yahoo.com/top-three-things-know-beginner-hiking-12310663.html?cat=5

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  • Sarah W. B.

    Just finished working. Will not be able to arrive on time. So disappointed!

    November 3, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      Thanks for letting me know - hope to see you soon.

      November 3, 2013

  • Lisa C.

    It was such a beautiful day at Bowie. I really enjoyed meeting a lot if new people as well as familiar faces. Hope to see you all again soon.

    November 3, 2013

  • Darryl C.

    Good to see you Lisa, nice to meet everyone

    November 3, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      You too Darryl. I'm glad you and your son were able to join us today.

      November 3, 2013

  • Sarah

    I've got family coming to see me. Last minute plans. Sorry to cancel at the last minute.

    November 3, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      Thank for letting me know. See you next time around.

      November 3, 2013

  • Lisa C.

    Good Morning everyone, I'm looking forward to this afternoon. I want to remind everyone that this is not a strenuous hike, it's an easy slow paced hike with minimal elevation change. I suggest boots if you have them as we are going further back into the park where the trails are not as as well maintained as the main loops.
    We are scheduled to start at 2:00. I always get there early (usually 30 minutes or so to stretch out a bit). Please feel free to show up early. Lastly, if you have any problems finding us please feel free to call me[masked]-8266. See you in a few hours.

    November 3, 2013

  • Liz

    Is this pet friendly?

    November 2, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      Yes, all pets must be on a leash or tether at all times and you must pick up after your dog (they usually have a few bags at the park).

      November 2, 2013

  • Sharon

    Will try to make this again. Not sure at the moment but signing up

    1 · October 28, 2013

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