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Nashville, TN: Edgar Evins State Park

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Distance: 7.5 miles


Explore the undulating terrain of Edgar Evins State Park on this 7.5-mile trek that combines ridgeline hiking with bluff-top and shoreline overlooks.
  • Clayborn Millennium Trail
  • Trailhead Kiosk
  • The Merritt Ridge Trail
  • Trail Bowl
  • Frozen Cascade
  • Hard Right
  • Private Land
  • Ridge Spine
  • Trail Split
  • Cove View
  • Lake View
  • Shoreline Driftwood
  • Beginning a Steep Ascent
  • Homesite Chimney
  • Trail Marker
  • Shoreline Wall

Tracing the hilly shoreline of Center Hill Lake, this 7.5-mile trek in Edgar Evins State Park provides Nashville dayhikers with the flexibilty to design an outing of several distances by omitting detour loops as necessary. From the Clayborn Millennium Trailhead on the park's main road, begin hiking on a gentle downhill grade along an old roadbed, which once led to a homesite in the area.

Less than a mile in, bear right onto Merritt Ridge Trail and begin climbing a creek drainage to an easy-to-miss trail marker; make a hard right to follow the ridge contours southwest. At the top of the ridge, the trail makes a steep, switchbacking descent toward the shoreline, then travels to the edge of a rocky peninsula overlooking Center Hill Lake (a man-made dam constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1948). Turning inland from the lake, continue on an undulating, sometimes steep trail before backtracking to the Millennium Trail and two optional add-on loops en route to the trailhead.

-Mapped by Kelly Stewart, Nashville Hiking Meetup

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