Miles of Hiking, Visiting Family and Nissan Factory Tour

April 22-30, 2018 — After over a month of meandering we finally finished the 444 mile northbound trek up the Natchez Trace Parkway.  We highly enjoyed our time on the Trace and encourage others to take in the sights as well. See our post on the free camping available along the Trace. We started the week at Meriwether Lewis National Park Service campground along the Trace and headed northeast to the Northern Terminus near Nashville, Tennessee. We stayed in Nashville at Seven Points Army Corps of Engineers campground for four nights then moved northwest to Clarksville, Tennessee where we street parked while visiting family. 

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Spring rains caused flooding at Percy Priest Lake near Nashville, Tennessee. During our visit at the lake in October of 2017 we were able to walk out to this dock. 

Here’s a photo from our visit to the same location at Percy Priest Lake in October 2017. The lake water level was much lower then. 

This Amazon Fulfillment Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee participates in the Camperforce Workamper program during the holiday season. RVers work during the three months leading up to Christmas assisting in the holiday merchandise order rush. Amazon pays for their campground site in addition to an hourly wage. 

We visited the Nashville, Tennessee area October 2017 but were unable to obtain a reservation to view the Nissan factory in Smyrna, Tennessee. Luck was on our side this time as we were able to tour the facility. 2,500 vehicles are produced daily at the plant making it the largest automotive manufacturing facility by volume in North America. The tour is amazing but plan ahead to visit as reservations fill fast. 

It rained three of the four days we spent in the Nashville area but that didn’t stop these geese from enjoying a beach day. 

Seven Points Army Corps of Engineers campground on Percy Priest Lake is a beautiful area to spend a few days. 

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We love wildflowers of all kinds. This yellow flower was just short enough to avoid the wrath of the lawnmower.

One of the perks of full-time RV life is that you have the opportunity to spend time with friends and family. It’s nice to visit during the day and then be able to return “home” at night.  The weather was perfect for getting outside and exploring and that’s exactly what we did. We spent four days enjoying the nature trails in Clarksville, Tennessee. 

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Our first of two visits to the Clarksville Greenway in Clarksville, Tennessee. The Greenway is part of the Rails to Trails initiative that transforms abandoned railways into walking and biking trails. 

On our first visit to the Clarksville Greenway we walked the Pollard Road Trail and part of the Mary’s Oak Trail for a 5.5 mile total hike. The trail is asphalt and relatively flat with much tree cover to provide shade. 

The Pollard Road Trail is a very popular trail for walking, running and biking and was very busy during our visit on a Friday morning. 

This little fellow was sunning itself at the Clarksville Greenway trailhead. 

The Cumberland River Walk at McGregor Park follows along the Cumberland River in downtown Clarksville, Tennessee. 

The River Walk is a beautiful spot to take a leisurely stroll along the river.  

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In addition to the Cumberland River Walk, we walked the Upland Trail which covers an old railroad bed and parts of downtown Clarksville, Tennessee for a total of six miles. 

On our second trip to the Clarksville Greenway we took a walk on the Red River Trail that follows the Red River which flows into the Cumberland River. The scenery was stunning.

The Red River Trail is described as being “hilly” but should really say “multiple extremely steep” hills that you get the pleasure of walking up and down as it is an out and back trail. The trail took us a total of six miles.

Dunbar Cave State Park was the fourth hike we did while visiting the Clarksville, Tennessee area. The total distance was much shorter than the other trails at just over two miles of hiking but it still provided a challenge with multiple elevation changes. 

 It also differed in that this one is a dirt path with exposed rocks and tree roots causing many tripping hazards. The scenery was beautiful and we did get to see wildlife along the way. 

We greatly enjoyed slow traveling the Natchez Trace Parkway and visiting Tennessee but it is time to move on. Stay tuned to next week as we travel north to Kentucky and Ohio. 

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