Nashville's Best Hiking Trails: Get Outdoors and Explore

Nashville is the perfect destination for music lovers, food aficionados, and those who love the night life. But it's not usually thought of as a vacation hotspot for hikers and folks who love to be outdoors. 

The truth is, Middle Tennessee is chock full of rivers, streams, waterfalls, ridge tops, valleys, and other natural wonders that make for gorgeous hiking trails. From made-made wonders like Radnor Lake to practically untouched acres in Warner Parks, incredible hiking awaits within a 20- or 30-minute drive from downtown Nashville. If you're looking for a more intense trail, try the 4.5-mile Mossy Ridge trek in Percy Warner Park, or the Garrison Creek trail near Natchez Trace Parkway. Whether you're a hiking novice or a seasoned veteran, there are plenty of Nashville trails that beckon. 

Hikers just need to head out of town a little ways to find trails that wind through thick woods and rocky inclines. If you're visiting in the fall, don't miss the opportunity to catch the changing foliage as you make your way from the trailhead to your destination. You'll never be more than a 30-minute drive from city limits, but you'll feel like you're out in the middle of nowhere. That's the beauty of visiting Tennessee. 

Natchez Trace Parkway


While you're hiking through off of the Natchez Trace Parkway, know that you're walking the paths that haven been traversed for centuries. The Garrison Creek Loop Trail is no exception. This historic path is located near Franklin (a Nashville...  Read More



Located in the western part of Davidson County, Bells Bend Park is named for the natural arc in the Cumberland River in this part of Nashville. This rural preserve has been taken care of by local Nashvillians who continued to fight for its...  Read More

Edwin Warner Park - Nature Loop


This .75-mile nature loop trail is short and easy--and that makes it perfect for a family outing. A self-guided nature book with explanations and educational information about 20 different stops can guide you through the trail, allowing you to...  Read More



The Warner Parks System has nine hiking trails that range from incredibly easy to pretty difficult. The Harpeth Woods Trail is somewhere in the middle. This moderately difficult 2.5-mile hike leads hikers along a stream, through rocky ridges,...  Read More



Beaman Park is a unique treasure in the Nashville Park System due to its wild, untouched land. The park lies on the Highland Rim just outside of Nashville's metropolitan area. Due to its location on the Rim, you can expect steep forested...  Read More



The 2.5-mile Warner Woods Trail is designated a moderately difficult trail by park staff. That doesn't mean it's going to be a simple walk through the woods, so make sure you wear comfortable footwear and give yourself time to stop and rest if...  Read More



About 30 minutes from Nashville, Long Hunter State Park is an oasis of 2,600 acres. Located on Percy Priest Lake, the park has plenty to offer hikers, fishermen, paddlers, and boaters. The Volunteer Trail is also called the Day Loop Trail....  Read More



Shelby Bottoms offers some of the most family-friendly hiking and strolling in Nashville. Four miles of paved trails are perfect for leisurely walks or bike rides. Best of all, the easy, wooded paths never lack wildlife or pleasant views. Deer,...  Read More



The Mossy Ridge Trail in Percy Warner Park is a favorite of Nashville hikers. The 4.5-mile trail can turn into a 6-mile loop via the Cane Connector trail, but you might want to skip the extra distance if you're not a serious hiker. With...  Read More



Radnor Lake is the perfect hiking spot for anyone. Beginners can take the easy 1.4-mile lake trail from the parking lot around Radnor Lake. This trail is usually clear of debris and tree limbs, so it's a great choice for families or people who...  Read More


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