Below is a list of the best hiking trails in Nashville. To help you find the best hiking trails near you in Nashville, we’ve put together our own list based on this ranking point list.
Nashville’s Best Hiking Trails:
The top rated hiking trails in Nashville, TN are:
- Radnor Lake State Park – Ideal for nature lovers
- Richland Creek Greenway – McCabe Trailhead – offers an outdoor experience
- Shelby Bottoms Nature Center & Greenway – the park covers more than 1200 acres
- Harpeth River State Park – Hidden Lake – famous for kayaking, canoeing, fishing and hiking
- Percy Warner Park – perfect for picnic shelters, dog parks, scenic drives and lookouts, hiking trails, mountain bike trails, equestrian center,
Radnor Lake State Park
Radnor Lake State Park is a 1,368 acre park and is guarded as a Class II Natural Area. It is special because of the abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities, environmental education programs, hiking opportunities, and its location in an urban area. The park is for day use only and the 7.75 miles of the trail is literally used for hiking, photography, and wildlife viewing. Pets, joggers, and bicycles are only permitted on the Otter Creek Road Trail. The Lake Trail is convenient for people in all-terrain wheelchairs. The park is ideal for nature lovers to observe owls, herons and waterfowl as well as many species of amphibians, reptiles and mammals such as mink and otter.
Hundreds of species of wildflowers, mosses, fungi, ferns and other plants, as well as trees, shrubs and vines, add to the natural environmental diversity of the area. Several ranger-led programs are scheduled throughout the year, including canoe floats, wildflower walks, nighttime astronomy hikes, nature hikes, snake programs, hikes off-road and birds of prey.
Activities, Souvenir Shops, Hiking
Address: 1160 Otter Creek Road, Nashville, TN 37220
Call: (615) 373-3467
“Radnor Lake Park has beautifully wooded trails that are so well maintained. In my opinion, this park is great to visit in the fall when all the colors are present in the trees. Parking is not so bad at the beginning of the week. It’s hard to find a place to park on weekends, but sometimes you’re lucky and arrive when someone is leaving. If you end up having to wait, it’s worth it. – Kenneth G.
Richland Creek Greenway – McCabe Trailhead
Richland Creek Greenway – McCabe Trailhead, The Richland Creek Greenway leads to Richland Creek, an urban reclaiming waterway located in Sylvan Park and the Nations. The Greenway provides an outdoor experience that connects the neighborhoods of Sylvan Park and Cherokee Park. The walking path and scenic creek crossings also connect users to shopping malls, entertainment areas and schools. McCabe Park: 4.1 miles of paved trail connecting McCabe Park and the community of Sylvan Park with shopping centers along White Bridge Pike and Harding Roade, and Nashville State Community College.
Railway history buffs will want to stop at the White Bridge Road trailhead, where it’s a historical landmark for Dutchman’s Curve, the site of the Great Train Wreck of 1918, one of the worst rail crashes of the country’s history.
Bridgeside Dinner, Richland Creek Run, Hike
Address: 4617 Sloan Road, Nashville, TN 37209
Call: (615) 862-8400
“Great place to run, walk, walk your dog, cycle or take your kids to play. We took our dogs to the creek to play and cool off. Great place.” -Angie V.
Shelby Bottoms Nature Center & Greenway
Shelby Bottoms Nature Center & Greenway is a 300-acre multi-use park just two miles from downtown Nashville along the Cumberland River. Comprising the Shelby Bottom Natural Area, the park spans over 1200 acres. The land that is now Shelby Park (and much of historic East Nashville) belonged to James Shaw, who sold the property to David Shelby in 1788. In 1818, David Shelby deeded the land to his two sons, the Dr. John Shelby and Anthony Shelby as a Christmas present. Before the day was out, Dr. John Shelby bought his brother’s half for $2,500.
Dr. John Shelby became a pillar of the community that was then considered the town of Edgefield (East Nashville). Several places are named after him such as Shelby Street, Shelby Park, and Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, now part of the Metro Parks Greenway system.
Shelby Park Attractions, Events, Hiking
Address: 1900 Shelby Bottoms Greenway, Nashville, TN 37206
Call: (615) 862-8539
“Percy has the best quality trails in the Nashville area so far.” – Robert H.
Harpeth River State Park – Hidden Lake
Harpeth River State Park – Hidden Lake is an elongated park that manages nine river access sites along 40 river miles. The sites include several natural, archaeological and historical areas. The park is famous for kayaking, canoeing, fishing and hiking. Entry areas for canoes are located at all sites (except archaeological areas). The Harpeth River is a Class I river. It is suitable for beginner to advanced paddlers. Visitors can bring their personal canoe or kayak. Rentals and trip details are available from local outfitters in and around Kingston Springs. Accessible sites are closed for safety reasons in the event of flooding. Much land around the Harpeth River is privately owned.
Hidden Lake is a naturalist’s paradise with hiking trails, majestic cliffs and abundant wildlife. A one-mile trail wanders around and through a wildflower meadow. Another trail offers a half-mile hike through the forest and with a majestic turn to a small lake with a one-mile trail that climbs to the top of a ridge where the remains of an old dance floor in marble are all that remains of a 1940s resort.
Address: 7851 McCrory Ln, Nashville, TN 37221
Call: (615) 952-2099
“Cool place for family outings, hiking and walking your pets.” – Michael B.
Percy Warner Park
Percy Warner Park is administered by the Metro Nashville Department of Parks and Recreation. Warner Parks is one of the largest municipal parks in Tennessee and together span over 3,100 acres of forest and field, 9 miles from downtown Nashville. Approximately one million people visit Warner Parks each year to enjoy the nature center, picnic shelters, dog parks, scenic drives and lookouts, hiking trails, mountain biking trails, equestrian center, equestrian trails, running courses, golf courses and sports fields. Warner Parks is also an important historic community resource listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Special events, picnic, hike
Address: 50 Vaughn Rd, Nashville, TN 37221
Call: (615) 862-8555
“One of Nashville’s most prized possessions. A secret that many are unaware of. A beautiful piece of paradise that can never be destroyed by greedy people.” -Ken J.
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