In a lot of ways, I feel like this is our first real summer with kids and in Nashville. The summer of 2013, Hamish turned 1. We did live here, but we were just getting our bearings and I don't feel like we did that much. The summer of 2014 I was hugely pregnant with The Manimal. That didn't keep us homebound or anything, but I was perhaps less perky than I could have been.
But there's so much more to the park than just the hiking. We've since gone back to throw rocks in the creek and most recently to play in the Nature Play area. The play area at the Park is amazing: dirt piles and water and a cabin, and plenty of tools to scoop and dig and dump with. The goal of the space to promote outdoor play and creativity without a lot of structure or rules. They are working to combat "Nature Deficit Disorder" for kids who are too often indoors and plugged in.
While we were there, we searched for salamanders and crawfish (found one of each). It was messy, of course, but so much fun.
They also have backpacks you can check out with activities and tools to encourage exploration around the pond, garden, forest, and field. We'll definitely try that soon, too.
(Look at me. I'm doing it.)