The Brentwood Parks Trail System connects several of the City's parks with multiple marked paved paths to provide a great place to walk, run, bike, etc. They are incorporated around these parks, historic areas, YMCA, Williamson County Recreation Center and more to allow use while family or friends might be utilizing these other facilities. It is a wonderful way to tie everything together!
While I could go on and on about all of the parks, paths and trails in the area that are around, throughout and connected here, I am going to focus on the main long path that connects River Park to Marcella Vivrette Smith Park. I will get to all of these other areas in different posts. Since it is so connected, there are many places you can park and begin but for the majority of people who might want to use this path in its entirety, I suggest parking at River Park (1100 Knox Valley Drive, Brentwood, TN 37027), across from the Brentwood Public Library or you could do it the opposite way and start at Marcella Vivrette Smith Park (1825 Wilson Pike, Brentwood, TN 37027).
Starting at River Park, you have free parking plus a bathroom and water fountain, always a bonus before and after a long run or walk! This is an out-and-back paved course (9.6 miles) that you can easily cut short by just turning around sooner, or you can add mileage with the Raintree Parkway or Split Log Road paths or by adding in some of the connecting park paths (Tower Park, Concord Park, Crockett Park, Smith Park or the connecting neighborhoods). There is also a bathroom about 2.5 miles in by Primm Park and one with a water fountain at Marcella Vivrette Smith Park, as well as benches and safety call boxes along the way.
This is such a lovely traffic-free, wide path with rolling hills (total ascent of about 253 ft). The course is beautiful and scenic with a majority of it being between the woods or along the Little Harpeth River. The trail is popular but not overcrowded. It feels safe but there are definitely areas where you can be pretty isolated at times. This is a great path year-round but also might be a really good option during the summer to help shield you from the sun. Since the paths are so wide it also makes for a great group run, family walk or smooth, safe path to push your stroller and walk your dog!
You don't have to worry about too many turns on the course, just follow the trail markers to Ravenwood/Smith Park. As I mentioned, there are other parks and connectors along the way to parking areas or neighborhoods, but you won't need to make those turns unless you decide to add on extra mileage. When you start at River Park you will cross a few bridges through the woods and will eventually come to a small section of the trail that runs along Wilson Pike, but it doesn't last long before it dips back into the secluded woods. You will pass by an 1830s school house, Native American mounds, the river, farmland, train tracks, tunnels, and will then end up running through the entrance to Smith Park, by the Ravenswood Mansion and more, all the way to the beginning of the hiking trails (where the bathrooms are) before turning back around.
It's an interesting, long, wide, paved trail system that does its job of connecting several of the parks, facilities and neighborhoods around Brentwood. If you want a safe place to walk, ride your bike, or get in a long run, this is a perfect place to do it! I have attached the complete City of Brentwood Park System Trail Map below, as well as a map of my version of the 9.6 mile route.
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