Fairview Park, Ohio
April 17, 2003
The park system is made up of two parks, Percy Warner Park with 2058.1 acres and Edwin Warner Park with 625.62. Both have hiking trails with a connector trail between the two parks. Most of the roads in the parks are closed to motorized vehicles. However there are two short roads off Vaughn Road, which is off Old Hickory, where you can drive back a ways to picnic shelters. There is a nice playground and sand "pile" near one of the picnic areas. Several of the picnic shelters are built near a stream. These are nice shelters built on a concert slab and constructed of cedar with singles on a cone shaped roof.
Before venturing into the park and hiking the trails, stop at the visitors center. It is a newer building with a large back porch facing the woods. Here they have placed several rocking chairs that entice the weary hiker to sit and contemplate the area from which they have just returned. The nature center has displays of the local flora and fauna. There is a knowledgeable person at the desk to answer your questions before you start the trails. They have trail guides available several of which are free. There is small gift shop where you may buy postcards, shirts and books. In the nature center is a room that is used for school field trips. There are teaching aids and crafts for children. There is a box with posters, teaching aids, etc. that are free for educators. Last but not least there were NICE restrooms, always a plus when you are out in nature!
We took the ¾ mile Nature Loop trail It is an easy trail with one steep hill. Mothers jogged by pushing baby strollers. We were given a trail guide at the nature center. The guide had 20 stops before looping back to the center. It gave a short description of what was at each spot to see, feel, hear, experience.
This was a wonderful way to spend an early spring day. The park system is another good reason to visit Nashville. See the images for more information on the park.
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