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: 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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  • Jacqueline

    I'll be there if I don't get last. Sorry I waited so late to RSVP. I wasn't sure about my schedule.

    November 10, 2013

    • Kathryn

      Just keep in mind all hikes vary based upon the pace of the hikers. A hike could take an hour and a hald one time and two hours the next depending on who shows up and how fast they walk. Weather is a factor as is scenery.

      November 12, 2013

    • Kathryn

      *half* We badly need an edit button, or at least I do!

      November 12, 2013

  • Jacqueline

    I started the hike at about 2:10, so I was not with the rest of the group. I was a bit late because I couldn't find the park. The directions were bit off. The part that said "1 mile" was actually not. Then there was no parking. At any rate, another NHM member, Donna, started at about the same time. Donna and I almost caught up with the rest of the group. We think we saw you through some trees. But somehow we took a wrong turn. Our hike took two hours, even though Donna had us going at a super fast pace (she probably blames the pace on me). But I'm not complaining. It was good. And it was an awesome day for hiking! We had a great time. Thanks, Donna, for being my walking partner. And now I can finally brag that I personally know someone whose hiked the AT. I'll be bragging for a while now. You're my hero.

    2 · November 10, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      Whenever I just wander around at Bowie I ALWAYS end up in the perimeter trail (it's always my security blanket - I know if info right or left I'm going to end up at the parking areas).

      November 11, 2013

    • Kathryn

      That's a mighty big security blanket! :-)

      November 11, 2013

  • Kathryn

    Guess who does NOT have to work on Sunday?!!!

    2 · November 8, 2013

    • Kathryn

      I'm glad you are feeling better. I do blame the meds for your FREAKISH speed

      November 11, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      I blame lots and lots of physical therapy :)

      1 · November 11, 2013

  • Jeana

    Adam and I are here, but late so we're just going on our own. Enjoy everyone! Perfect day for a hike!

    2 · November 10, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      Glad you guys made it out, hope you guys has fun.

      1 · November 10, 2013

    • Jeana

      We did! Saw some beautiful foliage still. My dog, Legend enjoyed meeting other dogs there, too. :-)It was an outright beautiful, perfect day for a hike! Hope to do more with the group, if work and life allows it. :-)

      2 · November 10, 2013

  • Michelle

    PERFECT beginner's hike, but also just right for someone wanting to take it easy and enjoy a beautiful afternoon in nature.

    2 · November 10, 2013

  • Kathryn

    Another great hike with nice people in a beautiful park! Thanks for leading it, Lisa.

    1 · November 10, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      Glad you and Sharon made it out.

      1 · November 10, 2013

  • Lisa C.

    Thanks to everyone for coming out today, what a fabulous day.

    November 10, 2013

  • Sarah W. B.

    Great hike, great people!

    1 · November 10, 2013

  • Adam B.

    Running late

    November 10, 2013

  • rita

    Sorry cant make it. Enjoy!!

    November 10, 2013

  • Lisa C.

    Good morning everyone, I want to remind everyone that this is not a strenuous hike, it's an easy slower slow paced hike with minimal elevation change. I suggest boots if you have them as we are going 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 20 - 30 minutes or so to stretch out a little). Lastly, if you have any problems finding us please feel free to call me[masked]-8266. I'm looking forward to this afternoon, see you in a few hours.

    1 · November 10, 2013

    • Judy B.

      Thanks, Lisa. Looking forward to enjoying a beautiful Fall afternoon at the park!

      1 · November 10, 2013

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