The Overlook


This is the scenic overlook atop Lynnwood Way. (Lynnwood Way is the road connecting Hillsboro to Franklin roads on the west side of Cool Springs.)

People who don’t often come to Franklin are surprised we have a spot like this here, but we do.

It is a lovely beast.

It’s 1,000 feet above sea level, and if I had retained anything from calculus I could tell you what the slope is from Franklin Road.

Something steep.

I’ve run it, twice. Once with a friend, and once alone. At the other side of the mountain are seven more miles of hills before home.

I’ve danced on the overlook too many times to count. Many with my daughter, and a few just me.

I’ve picnicked there. I’ve cried. I’ve driven there to escape. Sat there to unwind.

I hadn’t been to the overlook in awhile, but I found myself there this afternoon when I drove the pretty way home from Nashville.

Some observations:

It’s more secluded now, with the trees and vegetation recovered from the construction that cut the road.

Prettier, more private.

It’s also been marred with graffiti and beer cans.

Grown up, for good and bad.

It’s a great spot.



5 thoughts on “The Overlook

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  2. As I was saying before my iPhone cut me off…

    The hike takes you along a spot called the Devils Backbone. Where you can literally see all the way to the ocean on the left and deep into the upper desert on the right.

    But, this view pales in comparison to the summit. A wind swept, rock strewn peak well above the “tree line”. From here you can see all of Southern California spread before you in 360 degrees.

    The best is to make hike at midnight. You arrive at the summit prior to sunrise and watch the sun rise over Mount San Gogonio to the east. You also get to see the lights of SoCal twinkle out as the sunlight grows in intensity.

    So, thanks for sharing your spot and inspiring me to continue my exercise program so I can see my spot once again. 🙂

  3. Knight,

    Like I said via the Twitterz, I know this spot and I think you described it perfectly. It is a beautiful spot.

    My spot is a LOT harder to reach. It’s at the end of 6-8 mile hike, depending on if you take the access road or the ski lift to trailhead. It’s also 2000 miles away in Southern California.

    I’m talking about Mount San Antonio, the tallest peak in Los Angeles county at 10,068ft. The hike takes you thru the Ski area and then along the very top of the ridge that let’s you see all of the suburband parts of “SoCal” from the

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