Beaman Park is a beautiful nature preserve located just northeast of Nashville. It's just far enough from the city to provide total peace and quiet, but close enough not to be too much of a drive. The park features a nature center and three trails. You can hike each of the trails separately, or loop them together for a six-mile hike that should take you and your pup about three hours to complete. Dogs are welcome on all Beaman Park trails as long as they are leashed.
You can start your hike at the trailhead next to the Beaman Park Nature Center on Hickory Boulevard, or at the Creekside or Highland Trailheads located off of Little Marrowbone Road. Parking is available at each trailhead, though there are more facilities at the nature center. If you start at the nature center, you'll take the half-mile Sedge Hill Trail to the two-mile Henry Hollow Loop. If you want to hike all of the park's trails, you can continue from the Henry Hollow Loop to the Ridgetop Trail, a two-mile out-and-back trail that will add about four miles to your hike. If you only want to hike the Henry Hollow Loop, start at the Creekside Trailhead. The Highland Trailhead allows you to hike the full Ridgetop Trail without having to include any other trail.
Beaman Park is located on the geological feature called the Highland Rim and has some of the richest biodiversity of any park in the Nashville area. In addition to pleasant streams with waterfalls, expect to see many different tree, wildflower, and wildlife species during your hike. Flying foxes, deer, bobcats, coyotes, frogs, toads, salamanders, raptors, and songbirds including wrens, thrushes, and warblers make Beaman Park home. The Henry Hollow Trail closely follows the fern-lined banks of the creek, while the Ridgetop Trail winds through thick stands of hickory trees. Rock formations, bridges, and boardwalks are other scenic highlights you'll enjoy at Beaman Park.
The trails have enough ups and downs to provide a good workout, but have an easy-to-moderate challenge level that makes them accessible for most people and dogs. Be respectful of park rules and remember to keep your dog on a leash and to clean up after them. Bringing enough water and clean up bags is essential.
Its immersive silence and abundant sights and smells make Beaman Park a great place to hike with your dog again and again!