The Tennessee State Park system is an accessible, well-run treasure trove for outdoor lovers, but many of its gems are more than a quick drive from Nashville. Not so Bledsoe Creek State Park, which is on the northwest corner of the meandering Old Hickory Lake.
Thanks to more than six miles of scenic hiking trails, hikers and trail runners flock here on the weekends. Choose from trails that wind their way through the forest or along the shore of Old Hickory, meaning you have your choice of shade or sunshine as well as your choice of views. Officially the trails have different names—i.e. The Shoreline, High Ridge, Big Oak and Birdsong—but they all combine to make one loop that roughly mimics the park’s boundaries. As its name suggests, the portion called High Ridge has the steepest elevation and is the most challenging trail at Bledsoe.
Most of the trails in the park are dirt trails. The full list includes:
High Ridge Trail (1.4 miles) The Shoreline Trail (2.1 Miles) Owl Ridge Trail (0.5 Miles) Woodchuck Hollow Trail (0.3 Miles)
There are two paved trails as well (Birdsong Nature and Mayo Wix), making parts of this trail system accessible to people with disabilities, kids on bikes and others. Because this is a state park, there are plenty of amenities such as rest rooms, picnic areas and parking.