Mossy Ridge Trail

Date Hiked: 3/27/10

Park: Percy Warner Park

Address: 7311 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 37221 (Nature Center)

Latitude: 36.07550, Longitude: -86.87841

Trail Rating: Moderate

Round-Trip Mileage: 4.5 miles (for the loop)

Other Trails in the Park: Warner Woods, Cane Connector, Five-Eight Roadway, Eleven-Two Roadway

For Map, Trail Mileage, GPS, and Trail Notes go to Page 2

Pre-Hike Comments

Mossy Ridge is our favorite Nashville trail. It is a good hike, training hike (with pack), or run. The trail has enough ups and downs for a good workout. It is rated as moderate.

The Trail

Directions: Go Interstate 40 to exit 199. Old Hickory Blvd. Exit and take Old Hickory south - towards Bellevue. Continue straight on Old Hickory for 3.5 miles, until it "T’s" into Highway 100 at a light. Turn left on Highway 100. Deep Well entrance is on the right in a 2.20 miles. It is not signed; but is an ornate entrance. Stay straight on the Park road passing picnic areas. Parking is available at the Trailhead in .60 miles.

Deep Weel Trailhead

Deep Well Trailhead

Starting at Deep Well Trailhead, go past the trail kiosk, cross the horse trail, and climb a short hill to a tee.

tee at the link trail

The Tee, Warner Woods (white) to the left, Mossy Ridge (red) to the right.

The trail intersects the connector link between Warner Woods (white blazed trail) and Mossy Ridge (red blazed trail). Go right. In a short distance the trail climbs a few exposed rocks and then descends to the Mossy Ridge Loop intersection.

Start of the Loop

Start of the Loop

The Mossy Ridge Trail can be hiked in either direction, but the description will follow the trail counter-clockwise or to the right.

The trail contours easily and crosses the horse trail.

easy trail above the Deep Well Area

After crossing the Horse Trail

Descending the trail goes into a drainage and then climbs a short but steep hill to Quiet Point.

Up to Quiet Point

Uphill to Quiet Point

A short side trail leads to the Quiet Point (with a bench).

Quiet Point

Side trail to Quiet Point

From Quiet Point the trail continues on an easy grade and then makes a good climb to the road. On the road the crossing is just before the crest of Three Mile Hill.

three mile hill crossing

Crossing the road at Three Mile Hill

After crossing the road, the trail descends steeply to Dripping Springs. (Going the opposite direction this is a big climb.)

At Dripping Springs either cross on some really slick rocks or take the by-pass trail to the creek below the slippery rocks and make a safer crossing.

Dripping Springs By-Pass

Dripping Springs By-Pass goes down to the right

Back on the main trail follow along on an easy grade until the trail turns left and climbs a steep rocky slope. After the trail seems to be at the top of the hill, it still finds a way to go up more.

Steep ascent

Steep climb back to the ridge

A short unofficial trail goes left at the top of the hill and joins the road at an overlook. The junction at Three Mile Hill is to the left from the overlook.

The trail dips down to the top of a hollow. The road is just above to the left. Climbing, the trail continues to the crest of a ridge and then descends to a dip between the ridge and a knob. It is a short climb to the top.

along the Ridge

Along the ridge

The trail descends with a sweeping turn to the right then left. Highway 100 is the noise to the right. Vaughn Gravel Road is below. After contouring the trail descends to the junction of the Park road and the Vaughn Gravel Road. The cross-country course may be accessed at this point to the right.

road crossing near the cross country course

Nearing the road crossing by Vaughn Gravel Road

Cross the main road and climb a steep grade which is exposed to the sun. The junction with the Cane Connector Trail is at the top of the climb.

Cane Connector

Junction with the Cane Connector Trail. The Mossy Ridge Trail goes left to right. It is one mile to the Nature Center on the Cane Connector

The Cane Connector Trail leads one mile to the Nature Center. It is possible to start at the Nature Center to hike Mossy Ridge Trail. Using the Cane Connector adds two miles to the hike.

From the junction the trail contours around the slope.

Trail leading away from the Cane Junction

Trail traversing the slope after the Cane Connector Junction

After a nice rest on the easy grade a steep, but short, climb ascends a rocky slope.

another Steep climb

Steep but short climb

At the top of the climb the trail levels.

Contouring trail

A great section of trail, the hiker is seen contouring around a curve. The trail is almost level.

It is a pleasant quarter of a mile to the next road crossing. The horse trail crossing (to the right) is next to (parallel) the trail crossing.

Road Crossing

Crossing the road, the trail is almost in front of Jake, the dog, and the horse trail is further up the road a short distance

Cross the road diagonally and continue on easy terrain. Cross one horse trail and then another. At the second crossing the trail goes over or around to the right of a log and then climbs a good hill for a few hundred feet.

Trail crosses Horse trail

Picture taken from the horse trail crossing, either step over the log or go around to the right. The log helps divert rain water.

The trail stays on top of the hill for .30 miles.

top ot the hill, a pleasant walk

On the top of the hill

The trail then descends to cross a horse trail and then join the gravel road which leads to Indian Springs.

Road to Indian Springs

Descending to Indian Springs Gravel Road

Go left on the gravel road to the intersection with the Park Road from Chickering Road.

crossing park road

After crossing paved park road, climb the hill on a faint trail

Cross the road and climb a short ways through an open field. Re-enter the woods and begin a rising traverse to the right. A switch back reverses the direction back to the left. (Please, do not short-cut the corner.)

A short climb leads to another horse trail crossing.

Crossing another horse trail

Crossing the horse trail, trail climbs the old Tornado Road
to the top of the ridge.

Cross the road and climb steeply. The trail levels off and stays on the ridge for a while. This is the old Tornado Road.

After a half of a mile on the ridge line, descend sharply to the Park Road.


Descending from ridge

Turn left and walk along the road for a hundred yards before turning right to return to the trail.

Walking down road to gain trail

Walking down the road for a short distance, the hiker down the road is where the trail leaves the road

After a short stroll into the hollow, a drainage is crossed, and a climb ensues. With a couple of switchbacks, the trail climbs steeply to top of Chimney Hill. Chimney Hill is named for the chimney of an old cabin on the other side of the hill.

hill climb

Climbing the backside of Chimney Hill to the road crossing

Cross the road and descend Chimney Hill.

cross road at top of hill

After crossing the Park Road descend Chimney Hill

The chimney is on the left a the bottom of the hill.


The Chimney

At the trail junction the loop is complete. Go right to return to the trailhead or straight for another lap!

return to trailhed

At the end of the loop, turn right to return to the trailhead

Going right on the connector, climb a short distance, contour the hill and turn left at the junction.

trailhead below

Looking at the trailhead, turn left at the tee and descend a short distance to the parking

It is a short downhill to return to the trailhead.