Luke Lea Heights

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What’s an autumn hike in Nashville without a scenic view as the payoff?

Luke Heights, also called Luke Summit, is the highest point in Percy Warner Park at an elevation of 922 feet. While at the summit, hikers can overlook the 2,684 acres that make up Warner Park, as well as capture an impressive view of the city’s skyline.

Luke Lea, its namesake, donated the original 800 acres that would later become the park. The summit can be accessed by walking down a paved road that crosses Warner Wood Trail, a 2.5 mile loop in the park’s heavily wooded interior.

Though you may feel on top of the world, Luke Lea Heights isn’t the highest point in Nashville—that would be at Radnor Lake State Park, a natural area located five miles southeast of Green Hills. While the highest point actually resides about three feet from the park’s boundary, Ganier Ridge, the second highest, is 1,120 feet and is located inside the state park.

 

Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.

She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.

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