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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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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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23 Completed 22 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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Garrison Creek - Short Loop
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7 Completed 4 Reviews

This was a fun hike with young kids on the Natchez Trace. The trail is well-maintained and you might even see people on horseback. I highly recommend this for the family!

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Old Trace - Garrison Creek Loop Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

personally I have ennjoyed all the hikes along the Trace, they are rich in history as well as scenic

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Garrison Creek - Short Loop
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17 Completed 13 Reviews

It is my goal to get my kids interested in hiking and outdoor activities. They are six & under. This trail is perfect for that. It is short enough so that they don't get exhausted, but it is long enough to be considered a good work out for them. It is said that there is a scenic overlook, but it really is nothing close to that, but that doesn't take away from the hike. I'd highly recommend for people with young children looking for a nice hike.

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Old Trace - Garrison Creek Loop Trail
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17 Completed 13 Reviews

We hiked a little loop trail not the full blown Garrison Creek trail, but the trail head is in the same general location as the Garrison Creek trail head. As of yet All Trails does not recognize this trail so we tracked it for them & hopefully they will be adding it soon. The trail head is directly behind the bathroom facilities. Check my profile for my Kids Hike track to get more complete details.

For kids it was good. There was a scenic overlook about a half mile into the trail. However, in the spring and summer the growth is too much to really get a good view. Some slight up & down hill is required, but we did it no problem with a 6, 4 & 3 year old. That should give an idea of the ease of the hike overall.

For people without kids this hike would most likely be pretty boring. If you're interested in introducing your children to hiking this would be a good spot. Total distance was about 1.3 miles with elevation change in the 200+ range. Took us an hour with the three kids.

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