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Located on the Natchez Trace Parkway close to Nashville, Timberland Park was part of a forest that provided lumber that was utilized to build many of Franklin, Tennessee's most historic homes. Opened as a park 2014, Timberland Park serves local residents and travelers along the Natchez Trace Parkway.


  • A scene inside the Timberland Park. Photo courtesy of Lindsay Ferrier, Suburban Turmoil.
  • An example of mushrooms at Timberland Park. Photo courtesy of Lindsay Ferrier, Suburban Turmoil.

Timberland Park is located along a former logging road that dates back to the 19th century. Loggers cut trees by hand at this time and moved the logs by wagons pulled by horses and mules. Wood from these logs were used to build several of Franklin's famous homes.

The State of Tennessee took control of the property which was later acquired by Williamson County Parks and Recreation. The park was opened in late 2014 and makes use of sustainable techniques and resources. for example, the park's Interpretive Center uses solar panels for electricity and rainwater is used for irrigation. Propane is used for a fireplace, and a septic system is used for waste.

Visitors to the park can enjoy hiking, birdwatching, observation of wildlife (deer, raccoon, fox, wild turkey and squirrel). Hikers can also use walking sticks made from trees inside the park. And there is an Americans With Disabilities accessible trail. 

1. Ferrier, Lindsay. Timberland Park: Great hiking trails on the Natchez Trace Parkway. Suburban Turmoil. June 10, 2016. Accessed July 11, 2018. https://suburbanturmoil.com/timberland-park-natchez-trace-parkway/2016/06/10/.

2. Timberland Park - Natchez Trace. Natchez Trace Travel. . Accessed July 25, 2018. https://www.natcheztracetravel.com/natchez-trace-tennessee/nashville-franklin-tn/1911-timberland-par....

3. Williamson County Parks and Recreation. Timberland Park. Accessed July 11, 2018. http://www.wcparksandrec.com/facilities_and_parks/timberland_park/index.php.