Discover the Undisturbed Ecosystem of the Hill Forest

November 19, 2020

Discover the Hill Forest

An undisturbed ecosystem exists within Warner Parks - one of the largest protected tracts of uncut forest within an urban setting across the United States – The Hill Forest. It’s tucked away for good reason, but that’s not to say there aren’t special opportunities to discover it for yourself.

Power of Public-Private Partnership

Friends of Warner Parks acquired a total of 500 acres as a part of our land acquisition campaign in 2009; 324 of which from the H.G. Hill Realty Company. Approximately half of the acquired land would come to be known as the Burch Reserve (accessible off of Highway 100), and the other half, The Hill Forest. Both are part of Edwin Warner Park, ownership being transferred to Metro Parks.

In 2010, The Tennessee State Legislature recognized 225 of the acres as the Hill Forest Designated State Natural Area, providing additional protection for the old-growth forest within the boundaries.

Treading Lightly

Because it is an undisturbed ecosystem, we account for every footstep taken on the precious grounds. Access to the property is limited to permits and guided programs led by trained staff and volunteers; we limit the number of visitors per month and will postpone hikes due to rainfall or heavily saturated soil.

Winter Hikes

It is our honor to preserve, steward, and protect the Hill Forest, and so too is it our honor to offer the public special opportunity to see this one-of-a-kind corner of our community.

Upcoming hikes, led by trained WPNC Naturalists, are on the horizon, awarding friends first-hand accounts of experiencing an old-growth forest and it’s myriad of native flora, fauna, and other natural features

A total of 11 winter hikes will be offered in group sizes of no more than 15. 

See the schedule below, and don’t forget to support efforts such as these by making a donation or becoming a member today. For you and with you, we #ProtectWarnerParks.

Winter Hikes through the Hill Forest

Saturday, December 12 from 10-12. Register here.

Saturday, December 19 from 1-3. Register here.

Thursday, December 31 from 1-3. Register here.

Saturday, January 9 from 1-3. Register here.

Thursday, January 14 from 1-3. Register here.

Friday, January 22 from 1-3. Register here.

Wednesday, January 27 from 1-3. Register here.

Thursday, February 4 from 1-3. Register here.

Saturday, February 13 from 1:30-3:30. Register here.

Saturday, February 20 from 1-3. Register here.

Thursday, February 25 from 1-3. Register here.


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Discover the Undisturbed Ecosystem of the Hill Forest

November 19, 2020

Discover the Hill Forest

An undisturbed ecosystem exists within Warner Parks - one of the largest protected tracts of uncut forest within an urban setting across the United States – The Hill Forest. It’s tucked away for good reason, but that’s not to say there aren’t special opportunities to discover it for yourself.

Power of Public-Private Partnership

Friends of Warner Parks acquired a total of 500 acres as a part of our land acquisition campaign in 2009; 324 of which from the H.G. Hill Realty Company. Approximately half of the acquired land would come to be known as the Burch Reserve (accessible off of Highway 100), and the other half, The Hill Forest. Both are part of Edwin Warner Park, ownership being transferred to Metro Parks.

In 2010, The Tennessee State Legislature recognized 225 of the acres as the Hill Forest Designated State Natural Area, providing additional protection for the old-growth forest within the boundaries.

Treading Lightly

Because it is an undisturbed ecosystem, we account for every footstep taken on the precious grounds. Access to the property is limited to permits and guided programs led by trained staff and volunteers; we limit the number of visitors per month and will postpone hikes due to rainfall or heavily saturated soil.

Winter Hikes

It is our honor to preserve, steward, and protect the Hill Forest, and so too is it our honor to offer the public special opportunity to see this one-of-a-kind corner of our community.

Upcoming hikes, led by trained WPNC Naturalists, are on the horizon, awarding friends first-hand accounts of experiencing an old-growth forest and it’s myriad of native flora, fauna, and other natural features

A total of 11 winter hikes will be offered in group sizes of no more than 15. 

See the schedule below, and don’t forget to support efforts such as these by making a donation or becoming a member today. For you and with you, we #ProtectWarnerParks.

Winter Hikes through the Hill Forest

Saturday, December 12 from 10-12. Register here.

Saturday, December 19 from 1-3. Register here.

Thursday, December 31 from 1-3. Register here.

Saturday, January 9 from 1-3. Register here.

Thursday, January 14 from 1-3. Register here.

Friday, January 22 from 1-3. Register here.

Wednesday, January 27 from 1-3. Register here.

Thursday, February 4 from 1-3. Register here.

Saturday, February 13 from 1:30-3:30. Register here.

Saturday, February 20 from 1-3. Register here.

Thursday, February 25 from 1-3. Register here.


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