Beaman Park is a beauty, and it's nowhere near as busy as Nashville's popular Warner Parks. So you can get some trail tranquility within a short drive of Nashville city center, without leaving Davidson County. Beaman Park boasts over 1700 acres of land and offers a range of characteristic Middle Tennessee scenery. The design of the trail system in the park allows you to string together loops or out-and-back trails for an interesting and varied hike. There must be a reason the park used to be called Paradise Ridge.
What Makes It Great
One of the great things about Beaman Park is the peace and quiet. Other Nashville area parks are prone to traffic noise from neighboring roadways, even when you are in the middle of the trail system. This is not the case with Beaman Park, which gives a true sense of wilderness and tranquility away from road and air traffic. Beaman is one of Nashville's newer parks. The trail system has been laid out carefully, with three trailheads and a total of 5 miles hiking for the visitor. The landscape is really rugged and you can get some good elevation change into your hike.
The plant-life and wildlife is abundant in the park, and changes with the seasons - spring wildflower hikes are a delight at Beaman Park. In summertime, abundant leafy trees and small streams make the park a cooler hiking option. Keep an eye open for big birds of prey in the sky above the trails - Beaman Park is home to hawks, owls and other birdlife including wrens, woodpeckers, thrushes and warblers. The 2.5-mile Henry Hollow Loop runs alongside Henry Creek , where there are some interesting rock formations and small waterfalls. If you want a ridge walk, the 1.5-mile Ridge Top Trail provides just that, with excellent views for a relatively short-distance hike. From the Nature Center, the 0.6-mile Sedge Hill Trail connects to the Henry Hollow Loop and then onto the Ridge Top Trail.
Who is Going to Love It
Hikers with dogs love Beaman Park, as the trails are open to hounds and humans alike. City-dwellers who crave a true wilderness experience within a short drive of Nashville will enjoy Beaman Park, where you can find solitude and quiet even on busy holiday weekends. This is also a park for nature lovers - from flying squirrels to raccoon, foxes, deer, bobcat and coyote there are diverse creatures making Beaman their home. In the reptile realm, you might see various frogs, toads and salamanders.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
There is plentiful parking at Beaman's three trail heads, and at the Nature Center. Restrooms and trash collection are provided. The park is open from dawn to dusk daily - dogs must be leashed in the park. Beaman Park is closed to equestrian use, and to motor vehicles anywhere other than the parking areas. This is what keeps it so peaceful and wonderful.