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Horseshoe Trail



1.2 mile 2.0 kilometer loop
93% Runnable


Ascent: 150' 46 m
Descent: -156' -48 m
High: 920' 281 m
Low: 850' 259 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)


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Trail shared by Jim Reyome

A pleasant stroll through the woods, perfect for a quick bit of exercise.

Jim Reyome

Features Birding · Wildlife

Trails get closed to bikers after heavy rains.

Runner Notes

This would be a nice quick jog through the woods but for the rutting on the hills, particularly on the eastern side.


This is usually the first trail everyone does at Bowie Nature Park. It begins and ends at the Nature Center, which is certainly worth seeing, and it gives you a nice introduction to what is essentially an urban preserve (no, seriously, Fairview is rapidly becoming an urbanized city.) No, it's not remote, and yes, the park's trails run immediately adjacent to a major thoroughfare and a department store parking lot. But it does get you away from civilization JUST ENOUGH to allow yourself a quick break from the bustle.

The inner section (the westernmost bit) is particularly pleasant and well groomed; bits of the rest suffer from rutting and there's usually a little trash, so if you go, do bring a trash bag or be prepared to fill your pockets. It's still worth seeing, and it's a good place to stretch your legs if you live in the area, which I do.

Flora & Fauna

Plenty of birds, a few wildflowers in season (recently saw a couple of nice gray coneflowers) and enough critters to keep it interesting.

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95 Since Jul 12, 2017



Not, it's not the most scenic trail in Tennessee, but there's just something sublime about a path through the woods, covered with pine needles, plenty of shade on a hot day...
Jul 14, 2017 near Fairview, TN
Hmmm. Left or right? Well, right if you want a shorter walk. Left if you want to see it all.
Jul 14, 2017 near Fairview, TN
Watch your step on the south side of the loop...the orb weavers love to build here, and it would be a shame to ruin their work...
Jul 14, 2017 near Fairview, TN
But before we go, a quick stop at the Nature Center for a quick look at its wonderful garden!
Jul 14, 2017 near Fairview, TN
A deer blind within a hundred yards of Wallyworld? A fort for the kids? A lookout for nazi spies? Who knows? This cool little aerie actually overlooks a small plot of well-tended cornina!
Jul 14, 2017 near Fairview, TN
Not a great picture, but yes, you'll see some nice foliage along this trail!
Jul 14, 2017 near Fairview, TN


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