Nashville April 05, 2019
7 Scenic Hikes In Nashville To Put On Your Spring Bucket List
It’s that time of year again, folks. Time to grab the old hiking boots of the top shelf of the hall closet, dust them off, and start putting them to good use now that it’s finally getting warmer. Luckily, Nashville is in an absolutely beautiful part of the world, so you don’t have to go far to experience some seriously world-class hiking. We’ve put together a short list for your spring bucket list, but you can use this as a springboard to get out there and see all that Nashville has to offer.
1. Radnor Lake
Radnor Lake is one of Nashville's favorite spots to get out and experience the beauty of Middle Tennessee. The trails around the lake and up in to the hills are stunning any time of year, but they're especially gorgeous in the spring. Be sure to get their early -- the crowds can get big on nice weekend days.
2. Sewanee Perimeter Trail
Just a short drive southeast of Nashville near Sewanee, the Sewanee Perimeter Trail winds around the top of the Cumberland Plateau, offering stunning views of the landscape below. This trail is often less busy than others in the area, so this is a great spot for some isolation and sweeping views.
3. Cedars of Lebanon State Park
The Cedars of Lebanon State Park is full of over 10 miles of hiking trails of varying difficulty, but all of them show off the diverse and unique ecosystems of the park. There are tons of rock formations along the path as well, including sinkholes, springs, and a small cave.
4. Bells Bend River Loop
Bells Bend is one of the city's most secluded parks, but it's also one of the most rewarding. Located on the northwest side of the city, the park features tons of open grasslands with views of the Cumberland River, and the whole place explodes with wildflowers in the spring.
5. Beaman Park
A little further north from Bells Bend, Beaman Park offers something a little different. This forested natural area has multiple trails that follow and cross the park's small stream, making this an idyllic and quiet spot to hike right outside of Nashville. It's also a great spot to bring your dog!
6. Fall Creek Falls
About an hour and a half east of Nashville, Fall Creek Falls is a perfect spot to retreat for a weekend day trip. The eponymous state park is full of trails and other waterfalls that are beautiful every time of year, but the Springtime typically sees more swollen rivers, meaning more stunning waterfalls.
7. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center & Greenway
East Nashville's favorite park, Shelby Bottoms stretches along the banks of the Cumberland River all the way from the southern tip of East Nashville to Two Rivers. The park features grassy areas and wooded areas, all of which bloom with wildflowers every Spring, making this one of the prettiest spots in the city.
Any local trails you’d add to the list? Let us know below!