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HIKE STATS: Time: Hike starts promptly at 6:30 P.M. Place: Deep Well entrance of Percy Warner Park (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=36.077928,-86.886243&num=1&sll=36.077908,-86.886234&sspn=0.001225,0.002816&ie=UTF8&ll=36.077908,-86.886234&spn=0.078388,0.180244&z=13) Distance: 5½ total miles Estimated Hike Time: 2+ hours Difficulty: Moderate (http://www.meetup.com/nashville-hiking/pages/Hike_Rating_System/) (Can be very strenuous for novice hikers - Headlamps/flashlights are recommended) Hike Leader: Mike Hicks Notes: Dogs on a leash okay (Park regs require no more than 6-ft leash - you may be ticketed if you fail to use a leash!) The Mossy Ridge Trail is the longest of the three loop footpaths in the Warner Parks. An ideal training hike, the path leaves the Deep Well trailhead and winds through rich hollows and dry ridges of the Harpeth Hills, making frequent but never sustained elevation changes. Scattered in the woods are big trees and a spring-fed waterfall. At 4.5 miles, the Mossy Ridge Trail qualifies as a full-fledged hike that will not disappoint. Description courtesy of Johnny Molloy Note that because of changes to parking/access at the Deep Well entrance, the hike is now ~5.5 miles. Directions to Deep Well entrance of Percy Warner Park: From the point where Highway 100 begins at Highway 70 near the Belle Meade Post Office, head west on TN[masked] miles to the large stone gates on the left with Deep Well Entrance sign that mark the entrance of Percy Warner Park (Immediately after the Vaughn Gap Rd/Music City Bikeway Stop Light). Turn left from Highway 100 and pass through the gates, staying right when the road splits. We meet at the Highway 100 Trailhead (1st Pavilion on the left - small pavilion after the 1st set of parking areas). If coming from Old Hickory Blvd or further west, the Entrance will be on your right ~¾ miles past the Old Hickory Blvd Red Light between Edwin and Percy Warner Parks (Just before the Vaughn Gap Rd/Music City Bikeway Stop Light). We usually have dinner afterward at the Sam's Sport's bar (at the HWY 100 & HWY 70 split).
Meeting Time: 6:00 PM Meeting Place: Edwin Warner Park Nature Center Hike Distance: 4-5 miles Estimated Hike Time: ~2 hours Difficulty: Moderate, (http://www.nashvillehiking.com/pages/Hike_Rating_System) Hike Leader: Michael Hicks Notes: Dogs on a leash okay (Park regs require no more than 6-ft leash - you may be ticketed if you fail to use a leash!) This hike will be a combination of the Edwin Warner Woods (Blue) trail and park roads. This is a moderately strenuous hike of 4 - 5 miles with more than 900' of elevation change (details on trail map). Headlamps/Flashlights may be necessary by the end of the hike. Trail Map (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikerhicks/9800982115/)
Lilly Bridge, Point Trail on Obed Wild and Scenic River
Join your hiking buds for a 2nd day of summer hike along the gorgeous Obed River, and then some delicious beer and food and Lily Pad Hopyard! Carpool Meetup: Home Depot Lebanon: 955 S Hartman, Lebanon, Tn. 7:00am sharp Central time. Travel Time 2.5 hours one way Pit stop at Exit 300, Monterey. Meet at Citgo Convenience Mart next to Hardees. Great biscuits and homemade baked goods! We will travel along HWY 62, and take the back way over Barnett Bridge (Barnett Bridge, Lancing, TN 37770). This is a great spot to take some photos and a quick break. Next stop at trailhead (Lilly Bridge, Obed Wild & Scenic River, Lancing, TN 37770). 9:30 AM Central. Hike Distance 6 miles Hike Time 4+ hours Difficulty: Moderate We expect to be on the trail by 9:30am Central. The park is in Eastern time. Please RSVP with integrity--if you find you cannot come please say so. Hike along the astounding scenic areas up and along the bluffs of this natural area at the Obed Wild and Scenic River. We will go .4 miles up to the top of the bluff onto Point Trail which is a there-and-back totaling 3.8 miles to the Point overlooking where Clear Creek joins the Obed River. We'll have lunch/light snack here. We'll stop along the way at various spots to oooh-and-ahhhh over the views and the rock formations. Expect awesome scenery-bring the camera. We'll head back to the Overlook at Lilly Bluff which offers a jaw-dropping views of Clear Creek; return downhill on the Boulder Trail 1 mile past rock-climbing areas to the Bridge and parking lot. Leaving Lilly Bridge, We'll stop at LIlly Pad Hopyard Brewery & Campgrounds 2 minutes away for a quick pint or two then head towards home. Please bring ample water, lunch and snacks. Dress appropriately with suitable footwear. Please be willing to drive your vehicle or be ready to offer your driver money to help pay for gas. Please RSVP with integrity--if you find you cannot come please say so. Standard Notice: Meetup organizers/leaders are not guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being. By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. The organizers of this group and current and former members can not be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event. All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests. By signing up for this event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer, and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.
Event Time: 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Meeting Place: Trailhead beside the Couchville Lake parking lot Hike Distance: 1/4-mile Hike Leader: Ranger Rawlings Long Hunter State Park will unveil its latest edition of the Reading Ranger Story Trail on Saturday, June 22, with the book “In the Trees, Honey Bees.” The trail combines outdoor exercise with childhood literacy through storybook artwork along a quarter-mile trail. Long Hunter State Park has partnered with the Lavergne Public Library on the story trail and is advocating the Tennessee State Parks Honey Project, which promotes pollinator and environmental health in the parks. This year's book is “In the Trees, Honey Bees” by Lori Mortensen, with illustrations by Cris Arbo. Join us for a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m., followed by guided hikes of the trail every half-hour led by park rangers and librarians from LaVergne Public Library. Presentations about honey bees will be at the picnic shelter at 12 noon and 1:30 p.m. Wilson County Books from Birth representatives will be on hand to register children for the Imagination Library. Several informational booths from local organizations will be on site from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., along with face panting and children's events. This is a free event, held rain or shine. Located beside the Couchville Lake parking lot, the trail will be accessible every day during regular park hours - 7 a.m.-sunset - through Spring 2020. The Reading Ranger Story Trail is an easy 1/4-mile wooded path. Come read, exercise and explore with us! Those attending via the Meetup site are welcome to arrive any time they wish between 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., and may leave whenever they like as well. And please tell other people you know (especially those with kids!) about this unique program. This is a free family friendly event -- kids of all ages are encouraged to attend. Just a reminder: Pets are not allowed in this area of the park. Don't forget water, insect repellent and walking shoes. Directions to Reading Ranger Story Trail: Enter Long Hunter State Park at the main park entrance (2910 Hobson Pike) and then take the first left (which is Area 2) and proceed to the parking lot beside Couchville Lake. The Reading Ranger Story Trail (aka Nature Loop Trail) trailhead is located at the backside of the parking lot. For more information, please contact [masked] or call[masked]