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Thanksgiving Hike Plans

November 26th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Percy Warner

Written Wednesday night, November 26, 2008

Mike Ehrhardt wows at the 2008 fall color along the hiking trail at Percy Warner park in Nashville, Tennessee

I did not even think about a Thanksgiving Day hike until today; but once I did, I simply HAD to follow through. Having had such scant opportunity to hike lately due to the “second” job I’m now working, I wanted to take advantage of Thanksgiving Day to get some exercise for starters, but also to procure a heaping helping of spiritual fulfillment: peace, wonder, awe, gratitude, and serenity of the sort only Mother Nature can deliver.

I figured I’d mention the possibility of this turkey day hike to a couple of friends with whom I’ve hiked recently, for the majority of this small group literally cannot get enough of it, they love to hike so much. But I also guessed that I would end up hiking alone, given both the late notice and holiday interruption.

2008 fall color along the hiking trail at Percy Warner park in Nashville, Tennessee

To my delight, at least three of us will be meeting at Percy Warner Park at 8am for the hike, which will be either 4.5 miles (if we hike the Mossy Ridge trail only) or 7 miles (if we hike Mossy Ridge plus the Warner Woods trail).

Let us hook up at the usual Percy Warner meeting spot: the small gravel parking lot near the Deep Wells entrance to the park, off Highway 100. [ Percy Warner Park map ]  More detailed directions are given below.

Tomorrow’s weather forecast calls for a high of 61 under sunny skies — but not while we are hiking! The morning temps are predicted to be 40 degrees at 7am, climbing to the low 50s by the time we are finished (10:30ish).

More Detailed Directions

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We are meeting in a gravel parking lot right smack in the middle of the huge Percy Warner park. I have attached a map for your convenience; it’s a great map of the park.

The entrance is on the south side, off Hwy 100 near the Harris Teeter (I think it’s still a HT, at least) grocery store in Belle Meade. If you live anywhere near Alano, you’ll probably use either Harding Place or Old Hickory to get to Hwy 100.

  • Take Harding Place until it ends on Hwy 100
  • Left on Hwy 100
  • Left into “Deep Wells” entrance into PW park
  • Bear right when park road forks, toward the picnic shelters
  • Follow the narrow winding road until you get to a gravel parking lot

Although I do not remember seeing a Deep Wells sign, you cannot miss it as it is the first major entrance into the park off Hwy. 100 from Belle Meade, and the entrance is adorned with large rock walls on either side. Just give me a yell if you have any questions. See you guys and girls there!

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