Nashville April 15, 2017
7 Picnic Perfect Nashville Hikes That Will Make Your Spring Complete
It’s FINALLY that time of year again, where spending hours outside is not only expected but encouraged, and you can pack up that picnic basket and take a hike with a chicken sandwich waiting at the end of it. Could things get better than this…? We’re going to say no.
7. Percy Warner Park
There are multiple picnic shelters at Percy Warner Park that you can reserve ahead of time (perfect for a birthday party?) especially after a jaunt down Mossy Ridge Trail. The Warner Woods Trail is also a great option if you're looking for something shorter, at only 2.5 miles long.
6. Edwin Warner Park
Another Warner Park?! Yep, another Warner Park. The Warner Parks actually sit right next to each other, sharing land and trails. If you meander over to Edwin's side of the world, you can also find a picnic shelter for a breezy lunch after your hike.
5. Cheekwood Botanical Gardens
This isn't a hike! Yeah, yeah we hear you - it's not technically a hike. But your long walk through the gardens will give you the infusion of cardio you need (your fitbit will thank us) and the plethora or picnic spots make for a most picturesque lunchtime activity. (1200 Forrest Park Drive)
4. Stones River Greenway
Stones River Greenway is a great paved area for walking or biking, and there are multiple benches and picnic tables that make for a solid impromptu meal spot. Plus, this bridge is a couple of miles down their main trail and it's BEAUTIFUL. Well worth the hills and meandering trails. There are multiple places to access the trail, so plan accordingly!
3. Long Hunter State Park
Long Hunter State Park is a beautiful place, tucked away in the forested expanse of Tennessee's backwoods. There's only one picnic shelter here, but the twenty-five miles of hiking trails will make you so hungry you won't even care. (2910 Hobson Pike)
2. Shelby Bottoms Park & Nature Center
Shelby Bottoms is preferable for young families or bicyclists, where your kids can visit the nature center or you and your loved ones can meander the greenway that runs along the Cumberland River. You can find a picnic spot pretty much anywhere - the park is simply stunning.
1. The Natchez Trace
The Natchez Trace is a historic area just south of Nashville, rife with hiking trails and picturesque picnic spots. Gather your darling on a bench somewhere or wrangle your kids into a clearing, but either way a visit is well worth the time and effort. There are picnic areas scattered throughout the park, so pick you favorite and enjoy that deli sandwich, buddy.
What a lovely place to go on a picnic – can you choose just one? Once you get back to work on Monday (sigh) you can make a bright light of things with these
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