Hiking adventures abound in the state of Tennessee, and if you are wanting to take your fur-ever friend with you, your search is over. The Turkey Creek Nature Trail, in the city of Carthage, is the location for you.
This nature trail is 2.80 miles long and is an out-and-back trail. You can pick up the trailhead on the south shore of Cordell Hull Lake off Turkey Creek Road. Although just east of the town of Lebanon, hiking here is a step back into nature.
You and your pup-tastic friend are welcome to walk, hike or jog on this trail that is a connection to the simpler life when settlers first arrived. Turkeys once roamed these woods, and the name stuck. You will be treated to lots of forest, wildlife and nature’s best flowers here. The hike is nearly level and offers you a combination of natural dirt footing and crushed limestone, which is easy on the paws.
There are no amenities other than the great outdoors here, so you will have the peace and quiet you two can enjoy. Deer and squirrels will be your only companion on this less-traveled trail. Be sure to take plenty of water, snacks and your leash just in case, otherwise this is a leash-free zone!
Spend some time near Cordell Hull Lake, or take advantage of the natural stone resting places along this path, which is mostly shaded for your year-round comfort and lined with mowed grasses, maintained by volunteers. Open year-round, it is always best to carry clean up mitts to keep this trail pawtastic, and bring some shielding or spray from the pesky insects during those hot Tennessee summers.
Take a hike at the Turkey Creek Nature Trail today – you will not be disappointed.