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6 Best Parks in Nashville

Updated: Apr 20

There are no shortage of beautiful places in Nashville to sight see and get some fresh air. Nashville has a lot of interesting places to see while you're getting your steps in. I love the outdoors, walking, and jogging. It helps keep me sane. Here are just a few of my favorites and some of the most popular. And the best part is you can bring your furry friends with you!

Cumberland Park

Cumberland Park in Nashville, Tennessee

Here's a great park with a lot going on. First, you have a serene walkway along the Cumberland River. This river runs through the city and is central to Nashville. You also have the famous Pedestrian Bridge which can be seen in the picture. Trust me when I say it is worth it to walk the bridge. There are stunning views especially at sunset and it is probably one of the best places in Nashville. It's hard to explain, it's one of those things you just have to see for yourself!

Percy Warner Park

Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tennessee

With 179 steps on the main incline, this park has a sense of grandeur. This is just the entrance to an intricate system of trails that you can get lost in. The main trail is approximately 2.3 miles which translates to about 5000 steps. There are also plenty of side trails.

Radnor Lake State Park

Radnor Lake in Radnor Lake State Park in Nashville, Tennessee

This is a beautiful walk along Radnor Lake where you can see a lot of wildlife including river otters, minks, muskrats, turtles, alligator snapping turtles, eagles, ducks, and more. They have tower viewers to see the surroundings. You never know what you'll find! The path is mostly paved so it makes it a little easier of a path. It's a massive park, so there is lots to see and you have the serene lake view in the background.

Centennial Park

The Parthenon in Centennial Park in Nashville, Tennessee

It's hard not to mention Centennial Park in any blog article about Nashville. It's such a central part to Nashville, similar to Broadway. If you haven't been, did you really visit Nashville? The great thing here is it's a great place to bring your dogs. It's a huge open park with lots of walkways. Central to the park is the Parthenon pictured above. There are historical statues, gardens, and events happening all the time here. Go for a run or bring a frisbee or ball for your pet. Or just enjoy the sunshine.

Two Rivers Park

Two Rivers Park in Nashville, Tennessee

This a beautiful park with a wonderful view from the bridge. It looks small in the picture above, but it’s huge! It's a great place to get a good walk in. You can also ride bikes here or even break out the roller blades. If you're feeling really adventurous, there is the Two Rivers Skatepark nearby in the park which I mention in another article here. This is one of the more underrated and less mentioned parks but still a great one!

This park is also home to a 7-acre fenced in dog park! It is the biggest and best dog park in Nashville. So you can let your dogs stretch their legs and run in this wide open park.

Shelby Park

Train bridge at Shelby Park in Nashville, Tennessee

This is a great park to bring the pups! Lots to see here. There are miles and miles of trails. The trails actually connect to Two Rivers Park so you can bike from one park to the next. You can bring your bike or walk the trails. There are baseball fields, golf courses, playgrounds, and hiking trails. The park is situated on Sevier Lake where you can fish or have a picnic with the family. This is a beautiful park you don't want to miss!


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