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There’s a Trail (or River) Near You in Williamson County

Walking, hiking, kayaking and biking opportunities are abundant in this Tennessee county just south of Nashville.

By Kevin Litwin on October 28, 2021

People walk their dogs on one of the many greenway trails in Williamson County
Nathan Lambrecht

Are you looking for a place to stay healthy? There are plenty of opportunities to get some exercise in Williamson County, which has more than 25 greenway trails available to residents.

Brentwood, TN has nine trails, including two at Crockett Park and a 1.2-mile loop at Brentwood Library. Eight greenways in Franklin, TN include popular trails at Pinkerton Park, Jim Warren Park, Harlinsdale Farm, Big East Fork and an Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible Timberland Park off Natchez Trace Parkway.

Other popular strolling destinations include Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary in Brentwood as well as walking tours of historic downtown Franklin, with brochures available at the Williamson County Visitor Center at 400 Main St.

In Spring Hill, TN, public pathways are at Jerry Erwin Park, Port Royal Park and Harvey Park, while residents of Thompson’s Station, TN can hike along the challenging Alexander Trail that links Sarah Benson Park with Heritage Park.

Fairview, TN houses the scenic Bowie Nature Park, and Nolensville, TN offers the spacious Nolensville Park. In late 2021, College Grove will open Peacock Hill Park, with five miles of walking and hiking trails along with a covered bridge and visitor’s center.

If canoeing or kayaking is more your thing, there are plenty of opportunities along the Harpeth River, with good launch points at Williamson County’s Franklin Recreation Complex, Harlinsdale Farm and Pinkerton Park.

Get Pedaling

If you’re into mountain biking, a top venue is Franklin Mountain Bike Trail off Southstar Drive, which provides a steep, challenging ride and a pump-and-work stand for making bike adjustments.

In addition, now open in Leiper’s Fork is Wilkins Branch Mountain Bike Park, which encompasses 156 acres of hilly, wooded, undeveloped land located on both sides of Wilkins Branch Road just west of Main Street. Wilkins Branch has several miles of technical single-track trails, endurance trails, downhill slaloms and a skills course.

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