Mossy Ridge Trail – Percy Warner Park

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Despite living in the Middle Tennessee area for some time now, I had never been to either of the Warner Parks, Percy or Edwin.  It was actually a disastrous blind date that brought the parks to my attention (one of his few positive qualities was that he’s a trail runner and frequently uses the same trails in the Warner parks to time himself).  So one commitment-free Saturday, I decided to do a hike in Percy Warner for myself to see what it’s like.

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It turns out that despite being only 9 miles from downtown Nashville, the Warner Parks are, according to their website,  “the largest municipally administered parks in Tennessee”, measuring at 2684 acres.  I parked at the trailhead (which was unbelievably packed) and opted to hike the 4.5-mile Mossy Ridge Trail, described in the brochure online as “Moderate”, thinking that if I felt like it, I would take the connector trail to Edwin Warner, before coming back to finish the loop.  Well…that didn’t happen.

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It turns out Mossy Ridge Trail is listed as Moderate because it’s incredibly hilly. Aside from flat moments which were few and far between, I was ascending and descending practically the whole 4.5 miles, huffing and puffing away.  Thankfully I had plenty of water and nowhere to be, so there was no need to rush.  That’s why I enjoy day hiking primarily alone in the first place – I’m not subject to anyone else’s schedule or whim.

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The hike itself was beautiful.  I was so close to a large metropolis, but, except for once or twice when I could see the road, it’s like I was in the middle of nowhere.  No cars rushing by, no horns blaring, no babies crying.  Just so peaceful.  There were a few other hikers and trail runners, but at no point (except the parking lot) feel like the trail or park were crowded at all.

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Some of my favorite moments included:

  • the areas where the trail was moss-covered on either side in a sea of green; IMG_3127
  • Quiet Point; IMG_3130 IMG_3131
  • Dripping Springs (where you either walk through the water or take a small detour around it); IMG_3138 IMG_3139 IMG_3141
  • and the random chimney at the bottom of Chimney Hill (I did a lot of research and still wasn’t able to figure out why this chimney exists beyond the generic ‘old cabin’ explanation I’ve found online in various sources)IMG_3162 IMG_3165 IMG_3168

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