I went to Nashville for a weekend to celebrate with some very special women in my life and had a great time. Before beginning our final activities on Sunday, I had the opportunity early that morning to go to one of my favorite places, the park.
After consulting the Googles for a park near the hotel, I spent a beautiful crisp morning at Whitsett Park, which is one of six segments of the Mill Creek Greenway. The paved trail which is approximately 1.2 miles accesses the creek, includes a playground, pavilion and community garden (which I did not locate).
The trail is flat, fast, mostly tree covered, and absolutely gorgeous. Though this was a fall excursion with perfect weather, Whitsett Park would still be good cover on a hot summer morning.
There were few people in the park, likely due to weather which was in the 40s (too cool for some folks), it being 8:00 am, and a Sunday. Yet, the park felt safe for those who want to be alone with nature.
If you are in Nashville and stay near the airport during your visit, I highly recommend a stop at Whitsett Park.
I returned to the place of my people, Arkansas. I sought breathing space in the place where I always find it to prepare for what lay ahead.
On an overcast Sunday morning I set out from Pickthorne onto a winding, flat trail, with overgrown trees that did not allow any vision of what lay between or behind them. This overgrowth required me to be extra mindful of the surroundings so photographs were not taken in order to move quickly through this section. Fortunately nothing happened other than my heart and mind racing and I was able to turn back to see what was behind me and look forward to what was ahead.
The trail from Pickthorne Park connects Henson Tennis Center and Devon Park and has stream running along side it. There is also a bird sanctuary according to the website, which I did not see.
The end of the paved trail had these interesting rock sculptures that I imagine have taken many shapes as they have been reformed and reimagined by the people passing through.
Though eery at the onset, Pickthorne Park is recommended if accompanied by others. For more information on Little Rock or Sherwood parks, click the links.