This mountain bike trail is close to everything - it is located in Cool Springs, right by Columbia State Community College and Lifetime Fitness. There are plans to eventually expand and create a 4 mile trail but for now it is 1.25 miles around the full trail with an elevation gain of around 170 ft.
To access the trail you can park in the Columbia State parking lot located here, right at the corner of Knolltop Ln and Southstar Dr. There is also a small cutout on Southstar Dr for parking as well. The trail has two different loops, split by Knolltop Dr. If you park in the parking lot there is a sign right at the beginning of the trail that shows you where the trails are, how long they are, which direction you should go and where the connections will eventually be. Keep in mind, this is a mountain bike trail first - but if it seems empty, it is also a good place to get in a quick hike/walk/run. It is a beautiful, rocky, hilly trail. It is described as a "beginner" mountain bike trail. Being somebody who only runs, I can't imagine riding a bike here because it seems scary, lol! But it is a great course and if you know what you are doing and are comfortable on a bike then I bet it is fantastic for that.
There are no bathrooms but there is a gas station nearby. There is also a green thing by the parking lot that has what I assume are mountain bike tools and a tire pump which is great if you are riding there and need some help with your bike!
If you park in the parking lot and start off following the arrows on the Columbia State Trail you will start on a rocky uphill portion that will take you to a beautiful overlook (that you can probably only see when the leaves aren't blocking the view). The trail has arrows and numbers along the way so you will always know where you are at and which way you should go. It will then eventually take you back around to where you started. At that point, you will follow the mulch path lining the back of the parking lot across Knoll Top Ln and onto the Middleburg Trail loop. Both trails have large rocky areas and can be a little slippery when wet. There is a sign that asks to avoid using the trail in wet conditions to avoid making the trail a mess and to make sure users are safe.
I recommend trying this trail out if you are a mountain biker or if you just want to run/walk/hike somewhere close by (on a day there aren't any/many riders).
Click here for more information on others paths, trails and parks in Williamson County, TN (and blueways).
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