Highland Rim Nature Trail
Edgar Evins State Park Road, Silver Point, TN, USA
A 2-mile loop in Edgar Evins State Park.
Take a 2-Mile Hike Along a River, Forest and the Rocky Shores of a Lake!
Edgar Evins State Park is only 50 miles from Nashville and boasts over 6k acres - most people come here in the warmer months for the lake and the marina...but it’s a fun place to take a hike in the colder months too.
The Highland Rim Nature Trail (<2 miles) is a good hike for families though it does have a 350 feet elevation shift down and up around the loop. It’s best to go clockwise and hit the open rocky area in front of the lake for a breakthrough in the trees about halfway in where there’s a good view of the dam. There is sadly some trash along the way, so please bring an extra bag to help clean up. There are some downed trees (scroll through pics), switchbacks, and muddy/slippery sections so it’s not a walk in the park but my 4.5 and 6-year-old had a blast. The last bit of the loop goes along a small creek which is fun for nature play.
Make sure to climb the tower in the visitor’s center (there are bathrooms) before or after your hike. There is a table and chairs for a picnic behind the center.
For smaller kids, try the Storybook Trail Loop by taking a right, then a left, and then another left from the Visitor Center parking lot. Per the website, "the trailhead is to the right of the interpretive center. A small parking area is provided. It is a half-mile hike that combines a nature storybook while enjoying the great outdoors. The trail is on a hillside bordering the shores of Center Hill Lake. It is an easy trail."