Nashville April 10, 2017
The 7 Most Beautiful Bike Trails You Can Take In Nashville
It’s springtime in Nashville, which means folks are leaving their homes and getting out and enjoying the beautiful outdoors. You don’t have to stick to a walk around the neighborhood or a Little League game, you know – dust off that ol’ bike of yours and giving our gorgeous greenways a go! Here are seven of the most beautiful bike trails in Nashville, great for the whole family.
7. Richland Creek Greenway
Five miles of asphalt pathways make the Richland Creek Greenway popular amongst cyclists and pedestrians alike. The trail makes a complete loop around McCabe Park and follows the railroad tracks along Charlotte Pike for a good mile. You can even stop by the legendary location of one of the worst railway accidents in US history, Dutchman's Curve.
6. Peeler Park Greenway
You'll get a little under two miles of paved roadway in Peeler Park, but we recommend this out-of-the-way park for its proximity to the Cumberland River and isolated beauty. You won't be running into foot traffic, here. Although the trial length may be short, we'd recommend exploring the side pathways and hiking opportunities throughout the park. There's even a remote control plane airfield!
5. Stones River Greenway
You'll get in almost ten miles of riding at the Stones River Greenway. It runs from the Cumberland River to the J. Percy Priest Reservoir, with the length of it running through other community areas and parks as well. Challenging for the hills and breathtaking for the scenery, you can even rent bikes at certain points along the greenway. We'd recommend picking up a pair at the trailhead in Two Rivers!
4. Harpeth River Greenway
The Harpeth River Greenway is actually made up of four disconnected trails, all multi-use, that run along the river. There's roughly seven-miles of trail ahead of you, which means you can spin those wheels for a couple of hours before you get tired of the rush of the river. The real question is: would you ever?
3. Clarksville Greenway
Clarksville is a bit of a hike outside of Nashville, but we wanted to give you the option for a day trip. The Clarksville Greenway follows an abandoned rail bed to the north of town. 4.6 miles are paved, so you'll be set to go and explore.
2. Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail
At twenty minutes outside of the Nashville city center, the Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail gets you out of town within the half hour. With 6.5 miles of trails perfect for biking that run past beautiful streams and the jagged crags of ol' Rocky Top, this is one quiet spot that you're sure to make a point to revisit.
1. Shelby Bottoms Greenway
Perhaps the most popular greenway in Nashville, Shelby Bottoms boasts lush foliage in the warmer months and safe, level trails during the chillier time of year. Its six and a half mile run is just long enough to loop twice before heading into the heart of East Nashville for a bite to eat.
How many do you have on your list this spring? Make sure to research the best entrance point for your greenway of choice – there are multiple for each, so you’ll want to find the one that works best for you.
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