Nashville March 29, 2019
7 Brief But Beautiful Hikes Close To Nashville You Can Take In Under An Hour
It’s that time of year again, folks. The trees are exploding in vibrant shades of green, flowers are blooming, and the relentless pollen of Middle Tennessee is once again assaulting our sinuses. Okay, so the last one isn’t nearly as fun as the others, but we still love getting out in the beauty of Middle Tennessee nonetheless. If you don’t have a ton of time, we’ve got the perfect options for you to get in a short hike and still experience the natural beauty that’s all around us.
1. Percy Warner Park — Mossy Ridge Trail
This Nashville favorite is located in Edwin Warner Park, a beautiful spot just outside of the city in Belle Meade. The entire trail is a 5-mile loop, but there are plenty of spurs and out-and-back opportunities if you want to make it quicker.
2. Radnor Lake — Lake Trail
Radnor Lake is one of Nashville's favorite oases, an idyllic setting right in the middle of the city. The Lake Trail loops around the water with access points on both sides of the lake, making a beautiful and easy 2+ mile loop.
3. Narrows of the Harpeth — Hidden Lake Double Loop
The Narrows of the Harpeth are known for their great kayaking and massive rock bluffs overlooking the water, but there's a lesser-known trail in the park that leads to a secluded and forested lake. It's just over a mile out to the lake, making this a great short hike.
4. Deerwood Arboretum
The Deerwood Arboretum is one of Nashville's most overlooked hiking opportunities. The Brentwood park has a few paved trails that are short but are the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy nature, even on a quick lunch break.
5. Montgomery Bell State Park — Jim Bailey Nature Trail
Located about 45 minutes west of downtown Nashville, Montgomery Bell has all kinds of options for outdoor enthusiasts. From short 1-mile trails like the Jim Bailey Nature Trail to long overnight camping trails, this park highlights everything beautiful about Middle Tennessee.
6. Long Hunter State Park — Couchville Lake Arboretum Trail
Long Hunter State Park sits right on the shores of Percy Priest Lake, but it feels like such a tranquil retreat from the city. The Couchville Lake Arboretum Trail is a short loop to the smaller lake, but the nicest part is that it's paved. There are also long trails at the park that hug the shores of Percy Priest, offering some incredible views.
7. Bledsoe Creek State Park — Shoreline Trail
Just a short drive north of the city to Gallatin will take you to Bledsoe Creek State Park, one of the most overlooked in the area. The park has beautiful lakefront views, including the Shoreline Trail that hugs the water for over a mile.
If you’re looking for outdoor opportunities closer to the city, check out
this historic bridge downtown with a fascinating history.