Gorgeous Middle Tennessee is loaded with rivers, streams, ridge tops and hiking trails, but with little ones you probably want an easier hike. No prob! Here are 5 beautiful hiking trails meant for easy strolling, oohing and aahing. Enjoy.
  • Little Acorn Trail, Percy Warner & Edwin Warner Parks 7311 Hwy 100, Nashville | 352-6299  A 150-yard loop, rated easy, begins 200 yards from the Main Trail Head located on the Nature Center grounds. Other "Easy" trails here include the Hungry Hawk, the Cane Connector Trail and the Harpeth River Greenway.
  • Otter Creek Road Trail at Radnor Lake 1160 Otter Creek Road, Nashville | 615-373-3467 This is the only trail at Radnor Lake that allows leashed pets while offering beautiful views of the lake and surrounding hills. Hike on Otter Creek Road Trail, a 2.5 trail along Radnor Lake, extremely popular with dog owners, so keep that in mind.
  • Day Loop Trail at Long Hunter State Park 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage, 37037 | 615-885-2422 (Baker Grove Trailhead)If you love water, the Day Loop Trail is a great place to visit for a healthy hike with kids and the dog. The 4-mile trail courses along the J. Percy Priest Reservoir with frequent scenic views, and only a few steep grades.
  • Hidden Lake Trail at Harpeth River State Park 1640 Cedar Hill Road, Kingston Springs | 615-952-2099 Hidden Lake Trail is surprisingly delightful and nearly 2 miles long, winding to a small lake overlook. It's easy but unpaved. Several stops along the way allow breaks for little feet.

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Fall Creek Falls State Park 10821 Park Road, Spencer 423-881-5298 | tnstateparks.com/parks/about/fall-creek-falls Tennessee's largest state park (which is actually in East Tennessee) that has more than 34 miles of trails to explore. Some trails are very rugged, so check out the easy ones including Turkey Pen Ridge or the Campground Trail. Montgomery Bell State Park 1000 Hotel Ave., Burns 797-9052 | tnstateparks.com/parks/about/montgomery-bell There are nearly 19 miles of trails throughout this park that are mostly easy/moderate and are all on natural surface. The trails include Baker’s Cemetery Trail, Campground Trail, Jim Bailey Nature Trail, Ore Pit Loop Trail, Creech Hollow Trail, Wildcat Trail, Montgomery Bell Overnight Trail and Spillway Trail. Mousetail Landing Rt. 3 Box 280B, Linden 731-847-0841 | tnstateparks.com/parks/about/mousetail-landing This park only has one, three-mile trail. There's also an overnight trail that's eight miles long. Natchez Trace State Park 24845 Natchez Trace Road, Wildersville 731-968-374 | tnstateparks.com/parks/about/natchez-trace There are 13.5 miles of hiking trails — ranging from a one-half mile up to 4.5 miles — winding through the forest and fields and along the lakeshores and streams of Natchez Park. Trails are natural, unpaved surfaces and include these easy ones: Pin Oak, Twin Ridge, Fern Trail and Oak Ridge.