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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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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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Old Trace - Garrison Creek Loop Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Thanks to Tori's review, we were able to be better prepared for this hike, which we just did on July 8.
To echo what Tori said:
1) There are at least 2 creek/water crossings that will get your feet completely wet, if you hike during a rainy season at least. We just had some pretty significant rainfall here last week and one crossing was almost knee deep.
2) A long section of the trail - at least a mile, probably 2 - was extremely overgrown. I'm a country boy, but even to me it felt like I was in a rainforest. Torso and shoulder-height grasses and "weeds" flanking an extremely narrow footpath. Definitely wear pants in the summer and consider long sleeves too.
3) As Tori mentioned, the trail is not well marked either. For starters, there are very few blazes (white). But the northernmost section of the trail is just odd. .. Assuming you start at the Old Trace (now "War of 1812 Memorial?") exit and bear left at the first trail fork, you come out of the aforementioned jungle into a field near an overpass, with no signs telling you where to go. Just head under the overpass then bear right, up the hill - you'll eventually see a restroom facility. The trail picks back up behind the building.
4) The trail can be quite muddy and rough due to its use by horseback riders. And of course there's the horse poo. There's not too much of it thankfully.

Overall I don't think I'll do this hike again, at least not in the summer.

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Old Trace - Garrison Creek Loop Trail
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21 Completed 2 Reviews

The first two miles are nice but after that it gets confusing and is not clearly marked. There is tall grass so I would recommend wearing pants and bug spray. There were some spots where I had to take my shoes off to trek through the river. The scenery was average for Middle Tennessee. It was nice for a change, but I prefer the trails at Percy Warner.

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