Nashville June 08, 2017
The Incredibly Unique Park That’s Right Here In Nashville’s Own Backyard
Imagine having the run of an old farm. There are creeks to splash in, deer-tracked trails to explore, antique barns to admire. Overhead hawks circle, and when the songbirds catch sight of them, a hush falls over the whole park, broken only by the lowing of an unseen cow. When you’re done at the park, you can sit on the porch of the old country store and eat ice cream. Now imagine you don’t have to go clear to Williamson County for it. Pretty amazing, hey?
Bells Bend Park is located just west of Nashville in one of the most picturesque bends of the Cumberland River. It's a perfect preservation of Tennessee rural life that's just outside the big city.
This park really is one of the last remaining hidden gems in Nashville -- the park features old barns, stacked stone walls, and even some overgrown, half-hidden cemeteries. This is also one of the most dog-friendly parks in the city, so be sure to bring along your canine friends!
The park opened to the public in 2007 and is home to multiple trails, along with the Bells Bend Outdoor Center, geared towards environmental and agricultural education.
The park is a nature preserve, which means that you will likely see a variety of wildlife on the park's trails. Deer, coyote, quail, raccoons, and even wild turkeys are known to roam the park, making every hike a great opportunity for pictures of wildlife!
While the park has only been open for about ten years, its history goes back for thousands of years. The park is home to Native American burial sites and evidence of a small village, making this park the most archaeologically significant in Davidson County.
The park does have a short 2.3 mile hiking loop that circles the meadow and traces the Cumberland. Don't miss this loop -- the hike is easy and the meadow features a variety of wildflowers nearly all year.
Bells Bend does offer 10 campsites for those looking for a getaway from the city without going too far. Right now, sites are only open to groups (not individuals), but you can rent out the whole campground for $50 per night for the whole group.
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