Nature á la Cart
Every so often Bonney and I will drive through the beautiful Warner Parks roads just 2 miles from The Cloister. But at least once a year we take the “Nature a la Cart” tour that begins at the Warner Park Nature Center.
Designed for people who have trouble walking the trails, this one hour golf cart tour explores the forest and hills of Edwin Warner Park. The Parks people describe it better than I can.
About the scenery….
“Most of the Parks consist of woods which lie within the Western Mesophytic Region of an Eastern Deciduous Forest. Diverse habitats are preserved and wildlife abounds here. The two dominant forest communities are oak/hickory and beech/maple. Approximately 110 species of trees, over 400 species of wildflowers and roughly 200 fungi have been identified. Some common trees include tulip poplar, walnut, persimmon, dogwood, black cherry, sassafras and pawpaw. Spring brings trilliums, trout lilies, Dutchman’s breeches and larkspur to the forest floor. Meadows bloom each fall with ironweed, goldenrod, daisies and butterfly-weed. Visitors can enjoy looking and listening for close to 200 species of birds and at least 30 different mammals, large and small. The Park is also home to over 40 species of reptiles and amphibians.”
These are the details…..
5 person golf cart, 1 hour tour, meet at Nature Center (Edwin Warner Park Entrance off Hwy. 100, the exact address…7311 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 37221), Call ahead to reserve seats on Fri and Sat 9:30 am and 11:00 am through October 30. Other days and times are available depending upon Tour Guide availability. Call 352-6299 for reservations . Tour leaders are either Nature Center Staff or a volunteer. The Nature Center is open Tuesday through Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is closed on Monday and major holidays.