Edwin and Percy Warner Parks, collectively known as “The Warner Parks,” together span 2684 acres of forest and field, 9 miles from downtown Nashville. Families enjoy their picnic areas, scenic roadways and overlooks, hiking trails, equestrian center and horse trails, cross country running courses, golf courses, athletic fields, and other areas of the park.
We have visited Edwin Warner Park countless times and spent many hours exploring this wonderful, family-friendly nature park located in Nashville, TN. The park is perfect for families with children of all ages. However, some of the highlights are best suited for ages 2-12.
The Nature Center at Edwin Warner Park provides a wonderful place for little explorers to learn more about the animals and geography of the park and surrounding areas. The volunteers and staff that work at the nature center are extremely pleasant and helpful. They can provide your children with resources for exploring the nature center and park, free of charge (like scavenger hunts and backpacks to borrow that are full of kid-friendly exploration gear.) In addition to the Nature Center, you will want to spend time exploring the frog ponds where tadpoles, fish and other creatures abound. There is also an organic garden to visit where you can taste the the vegetables straight from the ground. Perhaps the highlight for most children is the natural play area where they can get down and dirty in the mud.
Besides the Nature Center, ponds, garden and natural play areas, make sure to take advantage of the wonderful hiking trails. The Nature Center can provide you with trail maps and other resources to help make your hike educational. The hikes are clearly marked and are family-friendly. In fact, we hike their often with our 5 year old special needs child. There are also paved trails that are perfect for bike riding.
You will want to spend all day exploring this spectacular natural area. Make sure to bring a clean change of clothes, a picnic lunch and your adventurous spirit! If you love nature, this park will not disappoint you.
The Warner dog park is the best in town by far. It is a huge open field area and is totally fenced in. The new upgraded water fountain is great. This park is usually very crowded on a good weather day but that's a good thing since your dog will have lots of playmates. Our two dogs LOVE going there. The rest of the park is also very nice with excellent hiking/walking trails, fields, playgrounds, and covered party areas. Kids will love playing in the creek beds throughout the park (dogs will too!).