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Mossy Ridge Trail

Nashville, TN

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Mossy Ridge Trail is a 4.5 mile loop trail located near Nashville, Tennessee that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking & trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Garrison Creek - Short Loop
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104 Completed 9 Reviews

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Old Trace - Garrison Creek Loop Trail
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24 Completed 3 Reviews

Great trail with very little traffic. As mentioned by others, a little overgrown in parts. I did not experience any extremely muddy conditions today. I found this trail easy other than one short climb. Not nearly as challenging as Warner parks. I may not return, but would definitely suggest it to others who have not experienced it.
On a side note: if coming from Nashville, do take Hillsboro to Lieper's for an enjoyable pre hike drive:-)

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Old Trace - Garrison Creek Loop Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

When reviewers said the trail is muddy, I should've believed them. It has rained here the past 3 days, so I'm sure that made it worse.

Trail is scenic with a couple of minor hills. Otherwise fairly easy. Problem is the mud. I didn't see any other hikers. Saw 6 people on horseback. The horses chew up the trail and contribute to the mud.

Because of the recent rain, I think I had 5 water crossings. The first, after you walk under the roadway, I decided to detour around by walking up to the road and around. Second one, no way around it. Shoes off and water up to my knees. The rocks were very slippery. The last couple were after the tall grass and trail of mud that others have mentioned. At that point, I was ankle deep in mud, so just walked through the water crossings to clean off my shoes and legs.

This trail is a decent change of scenery from Percy Warner and Radnor Lake. I don't know I'd go out of my way to go here. Although the drive through Leipers Fork is worth it.

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Garrison Creek - Short Loop
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23 Completed 8 Reviews

Nothing great about this trail. No views, and you have to get your feet wet to cross a stream where there was once clearly a bridge. Definitely wouldn't recommend.

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Old Trace - Garrison Creek Loop Trail
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9 Completed 9 Reviews

If you're looking for an alternative to hiking around Percy Warner and don't want to travel too far away from the city, this is a great option. It had just previously rained the past few days so knew the trail would be a bit muddy. Really if it wasn't for the horse tracks, it wouldn't have been bad at all. The creeks were very high and was a point when I did have to remove my shoes and cross the creek. However, in the summer I'm sure they would be easily crossed. It was a beautiful day and the trail was nearly empty. Driving home I pass by Percy Warner, and you couldn't even find a parking spot. I'll take Garrison every time when that is the case. Nice little hike, close to the city, not busy. Recommended for sure. Not difficult by any means. Check it out. Enjoy!

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Garrison Creek - Short Loop
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

First trail we hiked since moving here. B'ful trail and very shaded at beginning. Then the markings disappear and we just had to guess where to continue. Ended up pouring down rain with thunder. Had to cross a deep stream and ended up in a field. Not sure if it was private property or not. Finally got so turned around that we decided to walk on the road to get back to our car. Def. is more of a horse trail.

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Garrison Creek - Short Loop
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

This is the Bermuda Triangle Train of Natchez Trace hiking trails. Be afraid. Be very, very afraid.

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Old Trace - Garrison Creek Loop Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Thoroughly enjoyed this hike. Not too strenuous, not crowded at all, and decently maintained trails. As has been mentioned, there are two spots that require a little bit of creek wading, I just took my shows off and went barefoot, no problem. Also, it is a confusing trail and the walking through the talk grasses wasn't the most pleasant. But I would definitely do this again!

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Burns Branch There-and-Back Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Contrary to the description, this is a horse path first and hikers are a distant afterthought. Not a good trail for people on foot. Muddy trail littered with horse excrement that crosses back and forth over the creek, in many places without a bridge for hikers. Hiking is less enjoyable to me with wet feet, and it's difficult to avoid wet feet on this trail. It also runs right along the side of the Trace, so traffic is always nearby, and 4 lanes of Hwy. 840 run over the top of it, right in the middle of the trail. For those who don't know, 840 is an interstate highway in everything but name, so it's extra loud and can be heard on much of the trail. The big destination is a placard marking the edge of the Tennessee Valley, a turnout that is accessible by car from the Trace. A fine trail for horses, but for hikers, avoid this and check out one of the trails on the Trace that's actually designed for people on foot. For what it's worth, Garrison Creek up the road is part of the same trail.

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Garrison Creek - Short Loop
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24 Completed 23 Reviews

This is probably a much better trail in the fall or winter than it was today. Briars and weeds are very overgrown. Even up at the overlook, the view is obstructed and you can't see anything. Trail is very muddy after it rains.

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