5911 Old Hickory Blvd
Ashland City, TN 37015
Just northwest from downtown Nashville, Beaman Park was established through the generosity of Lee Beaman and his mother Sally Beaman in honor of her husband, Alvin G. Beaman. The 1,688-acre park lies on the Highland Rim just outside of the Nashville Basin, and contains pristine springs, clear running streams and waterfalls; forested slopes; diverse vegetation; and incredible wildlife. It is a prime example of an undeveloped forested area which are disappearing from the Nashville–Davidson County area.
Our Conservation Story
In 2013 a small tract of privately held land adjoining the park became available for purchase, and the owner had intentions to sub-divide the land and build private homes. The Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation recognized the importance of this tract to the Park, the ridge trail and its ecological system, and approached the property owners and requested that they consider a sale to TennGreen. After careful negotiations, coupled with the property owner’s understanding of the significance of the land, TennGreen purchased the land through a loan from the Bob Brown Emergency Land Fund and publically fundraised to recover the expenses of the land purchase. In May of 2016, the land was purchased by Metro Nashville Parks Department at 50% value as an addition to Beaman Park.
About Beaman Park
The area was once known as Paradise Ridge, and while the beauty of the land might inspire one to envision paradise, the name actually comes from two early settlers, the Paradise brothers. Beaman Park offers residents and visitors a deep-woods experience somewhat different from that in the nearby Nashville Basin.
This parcel is a critical addition for the protection of the ecological environment at Beaman Park and a piece of the proposed ecological corridor from Beaman Park to Radnor Lake State Natural Area. Wildlife corridors are necessary because they maintain the ability of animals to move to food sources, and provide access to larger habitats.
Acquiring this property supports the Nashville Mayor Dean’s goal to conserve an additional 22,000 acres in 25 years in Nashville.
As Davidson County’s population continues to grow at a rapid rate, there is a high likelihood that treasures like this will be lost forever to development of the land.
In memory of Bob Brown, The Friends of Beaman Park, with leadership from Bob Richards and Nancy Dorman, and with the help of many volunteers and inkind donors, designed and built the bridge that crosses Henry Creek and connects the Nature Center to the other park trails.
With ridge tops and elevations just under 1,000 feet, deep hollows and the clear waters of the Little Marrowbone, Henry, and Bull Creeks, the park’s flora includes species not common in the Nashville Basin, such as mountain laurel, wild azalea, and blueberries.
The park provides habitat to a wide array of wildlife including deer, bobcats, foxes, coyotes, raccoons, flying squirrels, bats, snakes, turtles, skinks, lizards, frogs and toads. Its creeks contain minnows, snails, crayfish, and aquatic insects and dense forests provide shelter for birds including woodpeckers, thrushes, wrens, warblers, owls and hawks.
Oak/hardwood forests dominate the mid to upper slopes along the ridge of the Blue Berry Hill property. Some common trees at Beaman Park are blackjack, northern red, scarlet, chestnut and white oaks, hickories, beech, tulip poplar, sourwood, sassafras, redbud, and dogwood. Less common are virginia and shortleaf pines, witch-hazel, carolina willow, hazelnut and butternut. The shrub layer includes spicebush, farkleberry, blueberries, wild azalea, mountain laurel, and even gooseberries.
Wildflowers abound here, especially in spring, with dwarf larkspur, wild geranium, shooting stars, fire pinks, and even the rare lady's slipper orchid. Summer brings blazing stars, coreopsis, new jersey tea, bergamot, and the state listed threatened species, Michigan lily. In the fall visitors may see blue lobelia, turtlehead, joe-pye weed, beardtongue, and ladies tresses orchids. Most notable is the federally listed threatened species, Eggert's sunflower. Many ferns, sedges, mosses, mushrooms and lichens carpet the forest floor, and a large patch of ground cedar thrives near the native pine woods.