It’s often said by many people that one of the best things about Nashville is the combination of great green spaces not even ten minutes away and a happening downtown scene. There are many beautiful nature trails and parks throughout the city. Perhaps the most well known of these parks is Nashville’s Centennial Park with its renowned replica of the Parthenon.
Beaman Park spans across a total of 1,700 acres of the highland rim of Davidson County, making it one of the largest parks in Nashville, as well as one of its hidden gems. The park isn’t visited as much as some others, which means that trail runners and hikers can experience the natural beauty of Middle Tennessee with nearly uninterrupted solitude and silence. Beaman Park is great for outdoor enthusiasts and athletes, and is a popular place for locals to run the trails with their dogs. The Henry Hollow Loop in particular features beautiful scenery.
5911 Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville, TN 37015, Phone: 615-862-8580
2.Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
The Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is located in the shadows of the state of Tennessee’s Capitol building in downtown Nashville. The park offer visitors a taste of the natural wonders and history of Tennessee, as well as serves as a monument to the Bicentennial Celebration. The park encompasses nineteen acres and features a huge granite state map measuring two hundred feet in size, the Rivers of Tennessee Fountains, a Pathway of History, a 95-Bell Carillon, and a World War II Memorial. The park also contains restrooms, picnic tables, a gift shop, and a visitor center.
600 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37243
Centennial Park is considered to be one of the premier parks of the city of Nashville, Tennessee. The park encompasses a little over 130 acres and features an exercise trail, a dog park, sand volleyball courts, a shelter for events, a band shell, a gorgeous sunken garden, a center for arts activities, historical monuments, the Centennial Art Center, Lake Watauga, a walking trail one mile in length, the Centennial Sportsplex, and the iconic replica of the Parthenon. Thousands of visitors come to the Centennial Park every year to take in the surroundings, attend festivals and events, view exhibits, and explore the museum.
2500 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203, Phone: 615-862-8400
Cumberland Park offers both visitors and local residents alike with a chance to experience the waterfront of Nashville, Tennessee. If visiting the park during a hot day in the summer season, visitors may spot children cooling off in the park’s fountains or getting out energy in the play spaces. Cumberland Park, which is around 6.5 acres in size, also includes an outdoor amphitheater for events that has a capacity of up to 1,200 guests. Designed keeping families in mind, the park also features fountains, play areas for children, a climbing wall, and more.
592 S. First St, Nashville, TN 37213
5.Fannie Mae Dees Park
The Fannie Mae Dees Park is just a handful of short blocks away from the Hillsboro Village and is often called the “Dragon Park” due to the stunning mosaic dragon that is found within the park grounds. In addition to the famous dragon sculpture in Fannie Mae Dees Park, there are several other features and amenities for both adults and kids alike. Picnic shelters and numerous trees provide shade for visitors looking for a spot to relax or have a picnic lunch on the hot days of summer. There are also many benches that provide a chance for a bit of respite.
2400 Blakemore Ave, Nashville, TN 37212
6.Farm In The City
The Farm in the City is located close to downtown Nashville, Tennessee and is a community garden created in by the Metro Development and Housing Agency in 2010. The garden was established on vacant land situated adjacent to the city’s J. Henry Hale Apartments. The Farm in the City can be seen from the main interstate, I-40, and can also be spotted from the State Capitol in the downtown area of Nashville. The garden is made up of over fifty raised farming beds that are used by local residents to grow a variety of flowers, herbs, and vegetables.
1609 Pearl St, Nashville, TN 37203, Phone: 615-252-3667
7.Fort Negley Park
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Fort Negley was constructed by the Union during the Civil War after the troops captured the city of Nashville, located around two miles for the present-day city center. The fortification was the largest of the inland forts built in the country during the Civil War. The Visitors Center at the Fort Negley Park is an outdoor recreation and historical education center that explores the relationship between the Federal Government and Nashville throughout the Civil War, as well as the relevance of Fort Negley during the twentieth century and beyond. The park offers self-guided tours with informational panels located on paved paths.
1100 Fort Negley Blvd, Nashville, TN 37203
8.Greenway Trail Head
The Greenway Trail Head provides access to the extensive series of greenways throughout the city of Nashville, Tennessee and the rest of Davidson County. The city of Nashville places quite a high amount of priority on linking and protecting its open green spaces and creating greenway trails. The entirety of the state of Tennessee’s Davidson County boasts more than one hundred and ninety miles of trails. These trails include more than eighty primarily paved, multi-use, off-street greenway trails, along with various additional trail types within parks for equestrian use, mountain biking, hiking, and walking.
9.Hadley Park Regional Center
The Hadley Park Regional Center provides a friendly, safe, and modern place for people of all ages to meet with friends, recreate, and exercise in the heart of the historic area of North Nashville. The community center offers a wide array of programs and activities for all skill levels and ages, boasting reasonable fees for fitness classes and memberships. Facilities and programs offered at the Hadley Park Center include an outdoor playground, full-service fitness center, indoor pool, outdoor and indoor running/walking tracks, a variety of exercise classes, an aerobics and dance studio, game room, youth programs, and senior recreation programs.
1037 28th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208, Phone: 615-862-8451
10.Hartman Park Regional Center
The Hartman Park Regional Center is a community center that provides a friendly and modern place for patrons of any age to meet with friends, recreate, and exercise in a scenic park setting within the area of Bordeaux in Nashville. The community center offers a broad array of programs and activities for all abilities and ages. The Hartman Park Regional Center offers a full-service fitness center, an indoor swimming pool, access to the greenway trailhead, a variety of exercise classes, an outdoor playground, youth programs, tennis courts, a basketball court, recreational and competitive sports programs, and much more.
2801 Tucker Rd, Nashville, TN 37218, Phone: 615-862-8479
11.Nashville Public Square Park
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The Nashville Public Square Park is a patch of green space situated right in front of downtown Nashville’s Metro Courthouse. It is a nice, simple space that is accessible to everyone and well-kept. The park hosts a wide variety of city events, such as festivals and concerts, and often has food trucks parked around the square. The Nashville Public Square Park is a good spot for people watching, having a picnic lunch, or tossing a ball or playing a bit of soccer. Children in particular seem to enjoy the reflection ponds and the park is located near many things.
3rd Ave N and Union St, Nashville, TN 37201
12.Owen Bradley Park
The Owen Bradley Park is named in honor of the legendary Nashville songwriter and producer, Owen Bradley. He was one of the creators of the iconic “Nashville Sound” during the latter part of the 1950’s and was inducted in 1974 into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The little park is situated at Music Row’s northern end and was dedicated to Owen Bradley in 1997. Owen Bradley Park is well designed and welcomes visitors to take some time to simply sit, think, and relax. Names etched into the sidewalk give guests insight into the legends that worked with Bradley and walked Nashville’s streets.
1 Music Square E, Nashville, TN 37203
13.Percy & Edwin Warner Parks
The Percy and Edwin Warner Parks provide some of the city of Nashville, Tennessee’s most well-used and most beloved outdoor spaces. The Warner Parks include trails for horseback riding, biking, and hiking that bring visitors to the natural park system spanning across 3,180 acres. The wooded trails welcome visitors of all skill levels year-round and offer a chance to enjoy the surrounding nature. There are also several picnic shelters, scenic drives, golf courses, and historical landmarks. The most recognized place within the Percy & Edwin Warner Parks is the Allée, which is also sometimes referred to as the Belle Meade steps.
7311 Hwy 100, Nashville, TN 37221
Radnor Lake offers over 1,300 acres of land and features a beautiful lake at the heart of the park. There are plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing, jogging, biking, and hiking throughout the grounds. Hikers can choose between a series of unpaved trails measuring six miles or the paved Otter Creek Road path that’s just a little over a mile long. Dogs are also welcome at Radnor Lake. The Lake Trail is a all-terrain wheelchair-accessible path. Ranger-led canoe tours are offered during the summer months and the Walter Criley Visitors Center provides area history to park guests.
1160 Otter Creek Road, Nashville, TN 37220
15.Seven Oaks Park
Seven Oaks Park features a playground for children, basketball courts, baseball fields, a disc golf course, and several picnic shelters. The major draw for visitors at the Seven Oaks Park, however, is the disc golf course. It is the main reason so many people come to the Nashville park and causes crowds on nice days. The course is made up of eighteen holes that vary in skills, some of which are located in the woods, while others are situated in open green spaces. The back nine disc golf holes are found primarily in the woods and tend to be less crowded.
3474 McGavock Pk, Nashville, TN 37217
Sevier Park in the city of Nashville, Tennessee is a neighborhood park that has seen a decent amount of growth over the years, along with the surrounding area. The park encompasses a total of twenty acres and features a basketball court, tennis courts, playgrounds, and a community center. Blankets are laid out on the grassy areas and hammocks hung up from Monday through Sunday for visitors looking to relax and simply enjoy the fresh air and nice weather. The 12 South Farmers’ Market can also be found in the Sevier Park every Tuesday during the summer season.
3021 Lealand Lane, Nashville, TN 37204
Shelby Bottoms is a popular park in Nashville due to its variety of outdoor offerings. The park is situated across three miles along the region’s Cumberland River. The Shelby Bottom greenway provides five paved miles of trails, as well as five more primitive miles of trails, for biking, walking, and running. This greenway connects with the Stones River Greenway, making it possible to reach the Percy Priest Dam. Other park amenities include a pond, picnic shelters, playgrounds, a golf course, baseball fields, and a dog park. The park’s Nature Center provides a place for visitors to learn about the area’s environment.
1900 Davidson St., Nashville, TN 37206
The Two Rivers Park is a large park, encompassing 375 acres, located just a few miles from the main area of the Donelson neighborhood and provides solitude through miles of river access and greenways. The Stones River Greenway provides ten paved miles of trails, running from Percy Priest Lake to Shelby Bottoms, linking the Two Rivers Park, the Heartland Park, and the YMCA along the path. While venturing down the greenway, people will also come across other parks, access to Priest Lake and Stones River, and the Two Rivers dog park, golf course, skate park, and the Two Rivers Mansion.
3150 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214
18 Best Nashville Parks
- Beaman Park, Photo: Kisa_Markiza/stock.adobe.com
- Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, Photo: spiritofamerica/stock.adobe.com
- Centennial Park, Photo: Jbyard/stock.adobe.com
- Cumberland Park, Photo: Jbyard/stock.adobe.com
- Fannie Mae Dees Park, Photo: tetyanaustenko/stock.adobe.com
- Farm In The City, Photo: papava/stock.adobe.com
- Fort Negley Park, Photo: Christin Lola/stock.adobe.com
- Greenway Trail Head, Photo: stars_hjp/stock.adobe.com
- Hadley Park Regional Center, Photo: yongyutp/stock.adobe.com
- Hartman Park Regional Center, Photo: stars_hjp/stock.adobe.com
- Nashville Public Square Park, Photo: Felix Mizioznikov/stock.adobe.com
- Owen Bradley Park, Photo: IuriiA/stock.adobe.com
- Percy & Edwin Warner Parks, Photo: davidmarx/stock.adobe.com
- Radnor Lake, Photo: kwkirton/stock.adobe.com
- Seven Oaks Park, Photo: kwasny221/stock.adobe.com
- Sevier Park, Photo: ashophoto/stock.adobe.com
- Shelby Bottom, Photo: gdvcom/stock.adobe.com
- Two Rivers, Photo: alexkich/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: jordan/stock.adobe.com