Nashville, TN: Harpeth Woods Loop

Trace an old Native American trail, climb hills, and explore rich stands of cedar and oak on this scenic loop just 15 miles from downtown.
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Trace an old Native American trail, climb hills, and explore rich stands of cedar and oak on this scenic loop just 15 miles from downtown.

-Mapped by Ed Bodnar

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 4.7

Waypoints

HWL001

Location: 36.0621490478516, -86.9045257568359

From Nature Center, head SW toward Vaughns
Creek

HWL002

Location: 36.0595932006836, -86.9110717773438

Trailhead: Check out maps @ kiosk and pick up
the old Natchez Trace, once a Native American
path between Natchez, MS and Nashville

HWL003

Location: 36.0590171813965, -86.9131317138672

Cross low waters of Vaughns Creek on footbridge; in a few strides, leave the flats and begin rocky climb

HWL004

Location: 36.0541191101074, -86.9158477783203

Cross closed road and continue on trail, following
blue blazes. Smell the scented bark of the large
cedars

HWL005

Location: 36.0534400939941, -86.914680480957

Stay on Harpeth Woods Trail

HWL006

Location: 36.053409576416, -86.9127960205078

Go R (connecting blue blazes)

HWL007

Location: 36.0524024963379, -86.9122695922852

Trail leads to a picnic shelter near the Little Harpeth River then turns L

HWL008

Location: 36.0548248291016, -86.9097747802734

Cross road again

HWL009

Location: 36.0562362670898, -86.9097442626953

Switchback to an unnamed knob and the highpoint of this loop @ 905 ft.

HWL010

Location: 36.0593910217285, -86.9067459106445

Cross the Nature Trail, sticking with blue blazes

HWL011

Location: 36.0597038269043, -86.9061737060547

Cross road; then swing W on the Old Natchez. Retrace steps to WPT 2 and the trailhead

Trail Junction

Location: 36.0585174560547, -86.9166412353516

Cross creek

Location: 36.0590515136719, -86.9131240844726

Quarry bypass

Location: 36.0566444396973, -86.9170074462891

Smooth flats

Location: 36.0535469055176, -86.912712097168

Sturdy bridge

Location: 36.0588417053223, -86.9068145751953