Winstead Hill Park is a 61-acre historic battle site that has significance for being in the Second Battle of Franklin in 1864. Winstead Hill was the vantage point that General John Bell Hood could see his advancing Confederate troops from. The overlook features a large map and memorials to the Confederates who died in the battle. The park is dog friendly and features a 3/4 mile walking path around a field surrounded by (and through) trees. It also has a picnic table, several benches, a bathroom, a water fountain and an observation post with a beautiful view, monuments and other historic pieces to the battle that took place here.
The park is located at 4023 Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN 37064. There are two entrances right next to each other. You can park on either side, one is closer to the overlook and the other is closer to the path. If you park closer to the marked path you can begin your walk/run by following the signs and sticking to the outer portion of the field, surrounded by trees. The path is marked every 1/4 mile. When you get back to the beginning of the path, you can then continue towards the overlook by going up the stairs and rocky path to get to the top. Here you will see all of the history and monuments from the battle. Once you take in the view you can turn around, come back down the stairs to the parking lot and back to the beginning of the marked path. Combining the path and the stairs up and back from the overlook it equals about 1 mile long. If you want to get more miles in, you could complete loops and cut through the path in the middle of the field to switch it up. It could even make for an interesting place to do 1 mile repeats (with stairs). There isn't much it connects to unless you want to run down Columbia Pike (no sidewalks). The path is wide and aside from the stairs to the overlook, it is a relatively flat loop (88 ft total ascent).
The whole park area is so serene and makes for a great place to spend time alone or or it could also make a nice place to bring the family for a walk (or the dog for a run). It normally is not super busy, which makes it way less congested than some other popular parks. If you like history and enjoy beautiful views and serenity (ironic from what took place here years ago), come check out this park!
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