I really enjoy going out for nature walks but since kids appeared on the scene it has been difficult. Not many trails are stroller friendly. But I was lucky enough to find a trail system that is not only stroller friendly, but also great for little ones to walk and explore too!
Old Hickory trail is maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers. The main trail is paved and shaded. And at .3 of a mile might be enough for a little one. Venture off the beaten path and check out the three different environmental loops. Each is different. We heard frogs and saw lots of butterflies on our most recent trip. There were also LOTS of mosquitoes. Make sure to take some bug spray. When we visited in April there were no bugs to contend with so you may want to take the season into account when you go.
The Willow Swamp loop is our favorite. It has a long wooden boardwalk over a “swampy” area. You never know what you might see. Keep quiet and keep a look out for animals big and small. 🙂
The Woodland Loop is nicely shaded and relatively flat. While the main trail is paved, the nature trails are not. We made it with our big Greco stroller, but Tamzin did get bumped around some. A jogging stroller would probably be a better choice if you have it, or your little one could walk too. All the trails are flat and wide and toddler friendly.
If nature calls, there are bathrooms across the parking lot from the entrance of the trail.
Bring a snack to enjoy after your hike and check out Old Hickory Lock – which can provide its own entertainment. If you happen to be there at the right time you can watch a barge transit the lock. The lock is located at mile 216.6 of the Cumberland River. Before you head out check out the boat positions for Ingram Barge and see if there is a boat in the area.
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