Looking for a Nashville outdoor activity before another night out at Broadway’s Honky Tonks? Nashville has plenty of nearby hiking areas, from winding paths in city parks to hiking paths that lead to waterfalls outside of the city, there are plenty of outdoor adventure to be found! Check out these hiking trails during your next Nashville vacation!
Radnor Lake State Park
Radnor Lake State Park offers a unique experience into nature while being located near Nashville’s urban area. The state park features 8 hiking trails with a variety of difficulty levels and mileage. For example, the 0.2 mile Dam Walkway is an ADA accessible gravel trail that offers stunning view of the lake. You can also explore the more moderate South Lake Trail that is 0.9-mile-long or the difficult 1.4-mile South Cove Trail that takes you to the top of the ridge! No matter what trail you take, be on the lookout for wildlife ranging from birds and amphibians like frogs, snakes, turtles, and more during your visit!
Mossy Ridge Trail
This 4.5-mile loop can be found in Percy Warner Park outside Nashville. Winding through a large portion of the park, this trail will take you through meadows and up and down hills while displaying the wildlife and beauty of the Percy Warner Park. Admire the gorgeous flora and fauna of the park all while being not far from Nashville’s bustling entertainment district.
Burgess Falls Trail
Sitting just over 80 miles away from the heart of Nashville, Burgess Falls State Park features four waterfalls on 275 acres of wildlife area. The tallest waterfall cascades down 130 feet and makes for a gorgeous stop through the state park. Hike along a 5.4-mile out and back style trail that features cable and rock crossings. Wear waterproof shoes and bring water for this hiking experience that is the perfect day trip from Nashville!
Volunteer Trail in Long Hunter State Park
Make the drive outside of Nashville to Long Hunter State Park! Volunteer Trail is the longest trail in the park at. 5.5-miles that follows along the shores of Percy Priest Lake. Be on the lookout for shorebirds that can be seen along the banks of the lake as well as wildflowers and towering trees. If you are looking for a less strenuous hike, you can find shorter trails throughout the park like the 1-mile-long loop Deer Trail that takes you through a beautiful prairie.
Narrows of the Harpeth Trail in Harpeth River State Park
In Harpeth River State Park, make your choice of trails at the Narrows of the Harpeth. Three half-mile trails begin all from one starting point, leading to a bluff overlook, an old ironing forge and small waterfall, and a canoe launch and take-out area! You can also explore Hidden Lake with a 1-mile hike that takes you through a meadow filled with wildflowers. This state park has plenty to explore!
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