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.