Edwin Warner Park is the smaller of the two Warner Parks in Nashville, but is just as beautiful and is often less crowded than its neighbor Percy Warner Park. It features 12 miles of trails, and is a great place to bring your pup for a walk in the woods. You can start your adventure at the park's nature center. It has human bathrooms and is near the one-mile Cane Connector Trail that links Edwin Warner Park to Percy Warner Park. It is also where you'll find the main access point for the park's best trail: the Harpeth Woods Trail.
The 2.5 mile Harpeth Woods Trail is sometimes called the "Blue Trail" for its blue blazes. The moody blue Harpeth Woods Trail is usually more quiet than its sister park's trails, and a great choice when you want to find a little more solitude within the city limits.
To get to the Harpeth Woods Trail, you'll need to follow part of the 0.25-mile Nature Trail Loop to where it intersects with the Harpeth Woods Trail. As you continue your journey, you'll enjoy a few moderate uphill climbs through beech, oak, and cedar forests, an old quarry, and some meadows. The Works Progress Adminstration built many of the charming stone and wood bridges you'll use for creek crossings, and part of the trail parallels the original Natchez Trace. Be on the lookout for the park's resident owls. The Owl Hollow Loop is a short 0.33-mile spur trail you can take through prime barred owl territory. Many species of wildflowers and mushrooms grow along the trail as well.
Edwin Warner Park has six named trails in all, which also include four short trails near the nature center. It also has over six miles of unnamed paved trails. It's a good idea to review a park map to plan your route. When you look at a map, you might notice that there's a dog park along the park's southeastern boundary on Vaughn Road. The expansive Edwin Warner Dog Park is a great place to end your day if your pup isn't too tired from hiking!
If you and your dog want to spend some time sniffing around the woods while staying close to the heart of Nashville, make sure you visit the trails at Edwin Warner Park.