October is one of the most beautiful times of year to go hiking. From the vibrant fall colors to the pleasant temperatures, you really can’t go wrong by taking some time to hit the trails before winter sets in. To add an extra layer of intrigue to your hikes this week, check out a few of our local favorite cemetery hikes just in time for Halloween on Saturday!
1. Davis Cemetery Hike
If you’re looking for a challenging hike this Halloween weekend, this is your best bet! Covering a lengthy 13 miles through the Bridgestone Firestone Centennial Wilderness and featuring multiple wet creek crossings through the Caney Fork River, this hike is sure to get your blood flowing. If you’re looking for more of a weekend getaway, you can break the hike up over two days and turn it into a moderate backpacking trip. You won’t spend the night in the cemetery, but it’s dozens of centuries-old headstones and grave sites can creep you out any time of day.
2. Meriwether Lewis Loop Trail
The Natchez Trace is one of the most richly historic corridors in all of the United States, so it should come as no surprise that there are 7 prominent grave sites along the Trace’s 444 miles. Located at milepost 386 (near Hohenwald, TN), the Meriwether Lewis grave site and loop trail is a perfect fall afternoon hike. The 3.5-mile loop begins and ends at the grave monument commemorating the life of one of America’s great explorers. To make this hike a little eerier, the grave site also features Grinder House, the small 18th century cabin where Lewis mysteriously passed away in October of 1809.
3. Baker’s Cemetery Trail
Located in Montgomery Bell State Park just 40 minutes west of downtown Nashville, Baker’s Cemetery Trail provides hikers with an easy 1-mile loop through some of the park’s most densely wooded areas. The cemetery is small and somewhat overgrown, but features several headstones dating back to the early 20th century. The park has several miles of other hiking and biking trails as well, so it makes the perfect getaway for a full day of activity!
4. Warner Park Hungry Hawk Trail
If you’re looking for something easy to do with the family this Halloween, Warner Park’s Hungry Hawk Trail is a great option! Because of its length (the hike is only a little over 1/3 of a mile long) and proximity to downtown, this easy trail is perfect for a quick afternoon hike during the week or an easy start to a weekend morning. While on the hike, you’ll pass by an old homestead that features a once-functional well and small cemetery with headstones of past residents, in addition to other attractions like an observation platform and bird blind. Like Montgomery Bell S.P., Warner Park features several other trail options so you can make your overall hike as long or as short as you want.
If you can’t make it to one of these hikes before Halloween, we’ve got you covered with an easy post-Halloween day hike at Radnor Lake on Sunday afternoon. Also, if you’d like to add a little extra scare to your Halloween festivities, check out one of Nashville’s local haunted houses like Lightning 100’s favorite haunt – Death Yard Haunted Attraction in Hendersonville!
– Matt (Lightning 100’s Community Engagement Director)