Just outside of Nashville is a wonderful little place called Long Hunter State Park. Along with places to grill, gather, play volleyball, and rent kayaks, is a running trail. I'm coming off of two weeks of being sick (I'm talking apocalyptic - like Ebola meets the Bubonic Plauge) and a foot injury (when it rains, it pours). This felt like the right place to reconnect with the running world.
The trail circles a lake (don't get too excited, it's not a very large lake) - a little over two miles around.
There are all kind of people here every time I go - walking, running, enjoying the scenery. There are no pets or bikes allowed, so that does make it a little safer for runners as well.
Nearly the entire path is shaded (at least until all the leaves fall of the trees - we are having a seriously extended summer here in Nashville). It was also a really windy day and all of those trees helped block a lot of it, but I was still able to benefit from the breeze.
There is also a lot to look at (besides people) on this path including wildlife and some educational signage about the plants and animals you can find here. You can get your run in with a side of education!
This is one of my favorite parts - there's this great bridge where you have water on both sides and can see everyone out on the water. If you're doing a long run here, it requires multiple loops, but generally I don't mind because it's just lovely. So if you're around Nashville and looking for a little escape, give Long Hunter a try! Do you mind running "short" loops? What are your "must haves" for a run location?
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