Hiking and Trails
- 12 miles of primitive hiking trails span across Percy and Edwin Warner Parks
- 11 miles of paved road through Percy Warner Parks, open to motorized vehicles, bicyclists, walkers, and runners
- 5 miles of paved trail through Edwin Warner Parks, not open to motorized vehicles but open to bicyclists, walkers, and runners
- 10 miles of bridle paths in Percy Warner Park
- 7 self-guided interpretive trails in Edwin Warner Park
On the Nature Center Campus
Nature Center campus map
Warner Park Nature Center and Warner Parks are ideal sites to view many species of wildlife. Crepuscular hours (dawn and dusk) are especially active times for viewing diverse populations of mammals, amphibians and birds. Warblers and many other Neotropical migrants may be seen or heard in early spring and fall. The back porch is a wonderful spot to observe hundreds of hummingbirds during fall migration. American toads, chorus frogs and spring peepers can be heard calling in late winter and spring; the Teaching Pond on the Nature Center Campus provides the perfect environment for listening and observing amphibians and reptiles throughout the year.
Mammals are abundant year-round, with white-tailed deer spotted regularly along with eastern cottontail rabbits, gray squirrels, eastern chipmunks, and coyotes.
If you aren’t sure what you saw, or maybe you ARE sure and want to tell someone about it, please stop by the Nature Center and ask to speak to a naturalist. We can often help you identify wildlife and make note of it in our records.
To learn more about Tennessee’s wildlife, visit Watchable Wildlife.
*Please remember that collecting, taking, hunting or harassing any wild animal within Warner Parks is strictly prohibited. Fishing is permitted at Willow Pond and the Little Harpeth River with a valid Tennessee Fishing License.
Warner Park is an Important Bird Area (IBA)
The Important Bird Areas Program (IBA), directed by BirdLife International and coordinated in the Americas by National Audubon Society, is a global effort to identify and conserve areas that are vital to birds and other biodiversity.
IBAs are key sites for conservation – small enough to be conserved in their entirety and often already part of a protected-area network. To qualify as an Important Bird Area, sites must satisfy at least one of the following criteria:
- Species of conservation concern (e.g. threatened and endangered species)
- Restricted-ranges species (species vulnerable because they are not widely distributed)
- Species that are vulnerable because their populations are concentrated in one general habitat type or biome
- Species, or groups of similar species (such as waterfowl or shorebirds), that are vulnerable because they occur at high densities due to their congregatory behavior
Learn more about Warner Park IBA status
Learn more about IBAs in Tennessee
Learn about birding in Tennessee at the Tennessee Ornithological Society
Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game! Players try to locate hidden containers, called 'geocaches', using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online. Thanks to a permitted member of the Middle Tennessee Geocachers Club, Warner Parks has several hidden “treasures” within its boundaries!
Learn more about geocaching.