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Greenways and Trails

Nashville Greenways

Nashville places a high priority on protecting and linking open space and building greenway trails.

There are over 190 miles of trails in Davidson County!

These include over 80 miles of off-street (primarily paved) multi-use greenway trails and various other types of trails within parks for walking, hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use.

Multi-use Greenway Trails

Alta Lake Greenway - 0.7 miles, paved: 3808 Dodson Chapel Rd.

One-mile paved trail connecting residential communities and the Percy Priest Lake recreation area.

Brookmeade Greenway - 0.4 miles, paved: 7002 Charlotte Pike

Half-mile paved trail leading to a historic Civil War site overlooking the Cumberland River.

Browns Creek Greenway - .65 miles, paved: 816 Park Terrace

In the Battlemont neighborhood, features a loop among mature trees and landscape dotted with stone walls.

Cumberland River Greenway: Crooked Branch Park - 1.25 miles, paved: 116D Ray Avenue

In Lakewood area, lopped trail off Old Hickory Blvd. on 62 acres featuring views of designated 22 acre wetland.

Cumberland River Greenway: Downtown - 3.5 miles, paved: 170 1st Avenue N.; 50 Titans Way; 231 Great Circle Rd.; 766 Freeland Station Rd.

Paved trail along the Cumberland River that extends from Ted Rhodes Golf Course into Downtown to 1st Ave along Fort Nashborough and Riverfront Park, with spurs along the way to Morgan Park and Bicentennial State Park. It featuring public art and a number of river overlooks. Soon to be extended through the TSU campus, connecting with Boyd/Taylor Park.

Harpeth River Greenway: Riverwalk Section - 1.7 miles, paved: 1535 Bending River Dr.

One mile of paved trail along the Harpeth River.

Harpeth River Greenway: Harpeth Youth Soccer Association - .6 miles, paved: 7820 Coley Davis Rd.

Half-mile loop accessible through the Harpeth Youth Soccer Association parking lot (but only when the soccer complex is open).

Harpeth River Greenway: Warner Park to Morton Mill - 6 miles, paved: 7311 Highway 100; 621 McPherson Dr.; 7600 Old Harding Pike; 940 Morton Mill Rd.

This paved trail follows the Little Harpeth and Harpeth Rivers through the Ensworth High School and Bellevue Exchange Club campuses over to the Morton Mill and Harpeth Bend communities. Plans are in place to eventually connect it with the Harpeth Youth Soccer Association segment.

Mill Creek Greenway: Blue Hole Road and Ezell Park Sections - 1.8 & 1.3 miles, paved: 5023 Blue Hole Rd. and 5135 Harding Place

Blue Hole Road consists of a two-mile paved trail linking Antioch Community Center and Middle School and Ezell is a one-mile paved trail with creek access. Long range plans include a connection between the two.

Mill Creek Greenway: Mill Creek Park Section - 1.8 & 1.3 miles, paved: 5023 Blue Hole Rd. and 5135 Harding Place

Blue Hole Road consists of a two-mile paved trail linking Antioch Community Center and Middle School and Ezell is a one-mile paved trail with creek access. Long range plans include a connection between the two.

Old Hickory Dam Greenway - 1.5 miles paved: 1100 Cinder Rd.

Half-mile paved trail with a boardwalk and wetland observation platform.

Peeler Park Greenway - 4 miles, paved; 3.5 miles hiking; 8 miles equestrian: 2271 Neely's Bend Rd.; 205 Menees Lane; 2043 Overton Lane

Peeler Park is a large pastoral park tucked away at the end of a long curve in the Cumberland River known as Neely's Bend. Its bucolic farmland setting on the river features a 1.9-mile paved multi-use path, equestrian trails, a public boat launch with associated truck and trailer parking, and an air field for remote-controlled planes. Recently, Metro Parks completed the purchase of the Taylor Farm property just north of the park, an addition of 381 acres,giving Peeler Park a total of over 650 acres of parkland.

Richland Creek Greenway: England Park – .47 miles, paved: 800 Delray Drive

Trail loops effortlessly through shaded park land centered around a community playground. The one mile connection to Charlotte Pike and the Police West Precinct under construction.

Richland Creek Greenway: McCabe Loop - 3.8 miles, paved: 4617 Sloan Rd.; 101 46th Avenue N.; 22 White Bridge Rd.; 230 Kenner Avenue N.; 26 White Bridge Rd.

Over three miles of paved trail connecting McCabe Park and the Sylvan Park neighborhood with shopping centers along White Bridge Pike and Harding Road, and Nashville State Community College.

Seven Mile Creek Greenway - 0.6 miles, paved: 5301 Edmondson Pike

Half-mile paved trail runs along Seven Mile Creek from Whitfield Park through the Ellington Agricultural Complex.

Shelby Bottoms Greenway - 6.4 miles, paved: 1900 Division Street; 2032 Forrest Green Dr.

Five miles of paved trails run through Shelby Bottoms, starting from the Shelby Bottoms Nature Center at the western end. The trail connects to the Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge that links to the Stones River Greenway as part of the Music City Bikeway. There are also several spurs into the East Nashville neighborhoods bordering the park.

Stones River Greenway - 10.2 miles, paved: 3778 Bell Rd.; 2330 Jackson Downs Blvd.; 1014 Stones River Rd.; 3135 Heartland Dr.; 3114 McGavock Pike; 2320 Two Rivers Pkwy.

Ten-mile paved trail system connecting Shelby Bottoms to Percy Priest Lake and linking to the YMCA on Lebanon Road, Heartland Park, and Two Rivers Park along the way.

Whites Creek Greenway: Hartman Park to Mullins Park - 1 mile, paved: 2801 Tucker Rd.; 4001 West Hamilton Rd.

One-mile paved trail extending from Hartman Park to Clarksville Pike.

Whites Creek Greenway at Fontanel - 1.5 miles, paved; 2 miles, hiking: 4125 Whites Creek Pike

1.5 miles of paved trail hug both sides of Whites Creek and connect to two miles of woodland hiking trails over the ridge of Fontanel Mansion through the 186-acre property.

Trails Within Parks

Beaman Park - 5+ miles, hiking: 4111 Little Marrowbone Rd.; 5911 Old Hickory Blvd.

One of the most botanically diverse places in Tennessee,this 1693 acre park in northwestern Davidson County consists of 5 miles primitive hiking trails and boardwalks in a natural Highland Rim forest. The Beaman Park Nature Center* provides a hub from which to explore a hilly landscape with narrow hollows, pristine streams and cascading waterfalls as well as two easy quarter-mile trails (one at the Little Marrowbone Rd entrance and the other, encircling the nature center).

Centennial Park – 2.3 mile, walking; 2500 West End Avenue

Nashville's premier urban park, occupying 132 acres on the site of the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition, located in the heart of Midtown. Its centerpiece is the historic, true-to-scale replica of the Greek Parthenon, which today functions as an art museum. The park features a lake,meandering trails in addition to the paved multi-use loop trail, a dog park,multiple arts facilities, a band shell, sunken gardens, and a variety of programs and public events.

Bells Bend Park - 7.4 miles, hiking: 4107 Old Hickory Blvd.

This 808-acre park of pastoral, gently rolling farmland is located in an arc of the Cumberland River known as Bell's Bend. The Bell's Bend Outdoor Center* is its focal point, with much of the hiking trails following old farm roads that were associated with the site's historic 1842 Buchanan House. (M ountain bike trails targeted for 2013-14 .)

Percy and Edwin Warner Parks – 12 miles, hiking and biking: 7311 Highway 100

Percy and Edwin Warner Parks, 2,808 acres, form one of the largest municipal parks in Tennessee, and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Percy Warner, the larger of the two parks, contains an extensive network of hiking trails as well as 10 miles of equestrian bridle paths. Horse enthusiasts may also appreciate the unique Steeplechase racecourse, which hosts the annual Iroquois Steeplechase. Picnic shelters scattered throughout the park's hills and hollows provide a bucolic setting for social events or family get-togethers. Two public golf courses (Percy Warner and Harpeth Hills) are within the park grounds. A one-way paved loop runs through the park, allowing motor and bicycle traffic to access the park's many amenities. The historic entrance at the end of Belle Meade Blvd leads straight to a set of impressive stone steps known as “The Allee” and serves as a nice jumping-off point for exploring the park's rugged topography.

Edwin Warner Park, separated from Percy Warner by Old Hickory Blvd, has its own set of hiking trails, as well as Metro Parks' flagship Warner Parks Nature Center*. Edwin Warner is home to 9 reservable picnic areas, a dog park and the Old Roadway, a multipurpose trail which is closed to motor vehicles. The park hosts two trailheads that are the starting points of the Harpeth River Greenway system. T he two parks are connected by a trail that crosses Old Hickory Blvd.

Radnor Lake State Natural Area - 6 miles, walking and hiking: 1160 Otter Creek Rd.

Radnor Lake became Tennessee's first State Natural Area after it had outlived its usefulness as a water reservoir for steam engines. Today, it is a 1200-acre preserve, with nearly 6 miles of trails, including a walkway along the top of the dam that created the artificial lake. Visitors are able to view a diversity of wildlife, including waterfowl, songbirds, reptiles, amphibians,and deer, along with an abundance of plant life. Otter Creek Road between the east and west parking areas is closed to motor traffic. There is also a Visitors' Center at the west parking area.

Cane Ridge Park - 1 mile, walking: 419 Battle Rd.

This community park in southeastern Davidson County is a major local baseball and softball facility of seven diamonds. Walking paths encircle ball fields and the park also provides a playground and a model air plane strip. ( Mountain bike trails are targeted for 2012-13 .)

Ellington Agricultural Center - .5 mile paved; 2 miles hiking: 440 Hogan Rd.

The 207 acre Ellington Agricultural Center located adjacent to the Seven Mile Creek Greenway, a paved trail beginning at Whitfield Park,has been the headquarters for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture since 1958. The grounds, a popular site for birding, are home to the Tennessee Agricultural as well as 2 miles of primitive paths showcasing best practices in landscape preservation.

Hamilton Creek Park - 10 miles, mountain biking: 2910 Bell Rd.

Hamilton Creek Park contains Nashville's only dedicated mountain biking trails – a“novice” loop on the east side of Bell Road, and an “advanced” loop on the west side (connected by a tunnel under Bell Road). There is also a BMX track. The park is also home to the only Metro-run marina in Davidson County,the Hamilton Creek Marina. The marina provides public sailboat slips and a boat launch for access to Percy Priest Lake.

Ft. Negley Historic Park – 0.5 miles, walking: 1100 Fort Negley Blvd.

A paved loop trail, boardwalks and interpretive signs enable visitors to tour this historic site, the largest inland stone fort built during the Civil War. The site, 15 acres perched on a scenic hilltop immediately south of downtown,is open daily from dawn to dusk for self-guided walking tours. A visitors center* interprets Nashville's strategic role in the Western Theater, the occupation and fortification of the city following Confederate surrender to Union forces in February of 1862,restoration of the fort by the WPA in the 1930's and Metro Parks' ongoing preservation efforts. The Adventure Science Center,as well as Herschel Greer Stadium (the home of the minor league Nashville Sounds), are located adjacent to the park.

Peeler Park Greenway - 4 miles, paved; 3.5 miles hiking; 8 miles equestrian: 2271 Neely's Bend Rd.; 205 Menees Lane; 2043 Overton Lane

Peeler Park is a large pastoral park tucked away at the end of a long curve in the Cumberland River known as Neely's Bend. Its bucolic farmland setting on the river features a 1.9-mile paved multi-use path, equestrian trails, a public boat launch with associated truck and trailer parking, and an air field for remote-controlled planes. Recently, Metro Parks completed the purchase of the Taylor Farm property just north of the park, an addition of 381 acres,giving Peeler Park a total of over 650 acres of parkland.

Shelby Bottoms/ Shelby Park - 5 miles, paved and 5+ miles hiking: 1900 Division Street; 2032 Forrest Green Dr.

The Shelby Bottoms Nature Center* marks the entrance to the Shelby Bottoms Greenway and Nature Park, a 950-acre floodplain preserve along the Cumberland River that features over 5 miles of paved multi-use paths and an equal number of primitive trails, including river overlooks and an observation platform for studying the local ecosystem. The tremendous Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge connects the Shelby Bottoms Greenway to the Stones River Greenway (all shared as part of the Music City Bikeway route). The Nature Center is also a location for the Nashville GreenBikes free bike share program.

Shelby Park is adjacent to Shelby Bottoms, and one of the earliest parks in the Metro Parks system. Shelby Park began in 1909 as a 151-acre purchase of land. Combined with Shelby Bottoms, the total amount of green space is over 1,200 acres.

Shelby Park includes baseball and softball facilities, special events field, picnic areas, a dog park, Sevier Lake and boat ramp,which is a popular spot for fishing, a community center, and two public golf courses (the 18-hole Shelby Park Golf Course and the 9-hole Vinny Links Golf Course).

Cedar Hill Park - .5 mile, paved: 860 West Old Hickory Blvd.

Located in Madison, in northern Davidson County,this Metro Park features a loop walking path in addition to several baseball diamonds, a playground, tennis courts, a lake for public fishing and an 18-hole disc golf course.

Biking

Greenways are shared use trails. See Maps for locations of over 52 miles of greenways paved, off-street, multi-use opportunities. Visit links below for maps of bike lanes and routes and for bike facilities such as B-cycle rental kiosks and Nashville GreenBikes available for check out at Metro Parks nature and community centers.

Posted Rules

Please observe the rules on these posted signs.

Trail Rules

  • Two Way Traffic
  • Speed Limit 15
  • Stay to the Right - no more than two across
  • Signal When Passing - say "on your left"
  • Dogs on 6' Leash - scoop the poop

Metro Nashville Bikeways Program

Music City Bikeway

Walk Bike Nashville

Nashville B-Cycle

Nashville GreenBikes

NashVitality

Horse Trails

Horse Trail Locations and Maps

Percy Warner and Peeler Park are the homes of the only two municipally owned and maintained horse trails in Davidson County. Bring your own horse to explore the ten miles of trail in Percy Warner and the three miles of trail at Peeler Park. The Percy Warner horse trailhead is located at 2500 Old Hickory Blvd. The Peeler Park horse trailhead is located on Overton Rd. just off of Neely's Bend Rd. The Metro Parks horse trails are open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week.Individual usage of the horse trails is free of charge. For organized trail rides please see fee schedule listed below.

Map of Peeler Park Horse Trails

Map of Percy Warner Park Horse Trails

Horse Trail Rules

  1. Ride on designated horse trails only
  2. Horse-riding and cyclists prohibited on hiking trails
  3. Enter and exit the horse trail system from the equestrian trailhead only
  4. Always carry proof of negative test for Equine Infectious Anemia (Coggin's test)
  5. Use horse trails at your own risk
  6. Littering and cleaning out horse trailers on Parks property is prohibited.
  7. Organized trail rides of 10 horses or more must obtain a permit by contacting the Warner Park Headquarters at (615) 370-8051 or by emailing cammie.claybrook@nashville.gov
  8. Leave valuables at home
  9. Take car keys with you
  10. Cell phones may not get service in some areas
  11. Watch the weather and watch for high water in low areas
  12. Alcoholic Beverages and drugs prohibited
  13. Weapons and Hunting are prohibited
  14. Collecting of plants, wildlife, or other features is strictly prohibited
  15. Contact the Park Police at 615-880-3429 or 911 for an emergency

Organized trail riding fee schedule

Number of Horses In County Out of County
1 to 9 Free Free
10 to 25 40.00 44.00
26 to 75 $75.00 $82.50
76 or more $150.00 $165.00

For more information about horse trails please email cammie.claybrook@nashville.gov

Statewide listing of City, State, and Federal Horse Trails and Facilities

Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture Pick Tennessee Products

Horse Trail Directory

Parks

The Metro Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of facilities and programs throughout Davidson County. Currently, there are over 12,000 acres of open space, including 108 Parks and 19 Greenways.

Park Information

Park Directory

Alphabetical list of all Metro Parks

Dog Parks

Find information, guidelines, and locations for Nashville's Dog Parks

Picnic Shelters and Reservations

Find locations and reservation contact info

Parks Finder Website

The Park Finder webpage is an interactive site that allows residents and visitors of Nashville to search for parks by activity, location or name. Find tennis courts near your home. Find walking trails near your office. Find historic features, swimming pools or the Sportsplex.

Use the get directions feature for turn by turn directions to every Metro Park. Click on the community center or sports icons, among others, to get detailed information on each activity.

County-wide PDF map of all Nashville parks

Park Facilities and Features Spreadsheet

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