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The 6 Best Places to Hike in Nashville

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When people hear Nashville, they usually think of Country Music and Broadway, but when we hear Nashville, we also think of the beautiful scenery surrounding the city! There are so many great spots to hike in the area, and we have compiled a list of the best ones! These hikes range from beginner-friendly to intermediate, so find the best one for you. 

Keep reading for the best places to hike in Nashville!

📷: @marcialynn007

Looking for somewhere to hike that is full of both great views and history? The Montgomery Bell State Park will be the perfect hike for you. Their trails range from 1.7-15.7 miles, giving options for hikers of all skill levels.

Park visitors are able to see remains of the iron industry, which was once more valuable than gold. There are also activities such as biking, fishing, and golfing, making it the perfect day trip for a group. Just keep your eyes open because you might come across a fox, raccoon, deer, or other wild animals. 

MON–SUN | 8AM–4PM

📍 1020 Jackson Hill Rd, Burns, TN 37029

📷: Montgomery Bell State Park

If you’re wanting to stay closer to the city, then Radnor Lake is a great hiking spot. Located just south of downtown Nashville, this park includes over 6 miles of trails and is one of the most popular places to hike in Nashville. The flat trails are perfect for bringing the children and lead you around beautiful views of the lake.

These trails are used for hiking, photography, and wildlife observation, and are heavily enforced. The Otter Creek Road trail is the only area of the park that allows pets, jogging, and bikes. This park offers many ranger-led activities like wildflower walks, astronomy night hikes, nature hikes, and more.

MON-SUN | 6AM–20 minutes after sunset.

📍 1160 Otter Creek Road
Nashville, TN 37220

📷: @stuartdeming

Located just 30 minutes outside of Nashville, you will find the Volunteer Trail at Long Hunter State Park. This trail is 5.5 miles and the park runs along the shore of Percy Priest Lake. This is a hike used for walking, running, and nature sitting all year round. This trail is also pet-friendly, so bring your dog out on a leash to enjoy the hike.

This park also has other trail options, including a self-guided, paved arboretum trail. There is plenty to do here being on a lake. Of course, there are boat ramps, a backcountry campsite, and a visitor center.

MON-SUN | 7AM-Sunet

📍 Granny Wright Ln, Hermitage, TN 37076

📷: Long Hunter State Park

Located in South Cumberland Park, the Fiery Gizzard trails range from 2-10 mile loops, plus a 5-mile out and back hike that takes you past waterfalls and to beautiful overlooks. The trails give options of moderate and difficult hikes if you’re looking for something more challenging.

On the Fiery Gizzard trails, you will have some stream crossings, but the extra effort will be so worth it after all of the scenery you get to see. 

MON-SUN | 8AM–4PM

📍 131 Fiery Gizzard Road. Tracy City, TN 37387

📷: @southcumberlandstatepark

The Harpeth River State Park is a unique spot as it manages 9 river access spots along 40 miles of river. This popular park is known for hiking, kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. There are many areas of the park to hike, and there is so much to explore as you will come across many archaeological sites. 

If you’re looking for the best view then be sure to check out the Narrows of the Harpeth, which has a view of the Harpeth Valley, the Gossett Track, and Hidden Lake trails. Harpeth River has a variety of trails ranging from .2-3 miles, so you can come and hike one, or knock them all out in a single trip.

APR-SEPT | 7AM–7PM

NOV-FEB | 8AM-4:30PM

OCT-MAR | 8AM-6PM

📍 1230 Cedar Hill Road
Kingston Springs, TN 37082 

📷: @harpethriverstatepark

This 1.5-mile trail is located at Burgess Falls State Park. The loop is a little strenuous, but it takes your past four incredible waterfalls on the Falling Water River, including Burgess Falls. Burgess Falls is a 135-foot waterfall that is very popular to see in the state of Tennessee. Come see this site when it freezes over in the winter, or when the water is up high for the best experience. 

Don’t worry, if you are looking for a longer hike, there are other trails that you can combine with Burgess Falls to make the 80 miles out of the city drive worth it. 

MON-SUN | 8AM–4PM

📍 4000 Burgess Falls Drive, Sparta, TN 38538

📷: Burgess Falls State Park

What to Bring in Your Backpack

Map: Be sure to have a map of the park you are hiking in your bag because you never know when you might run into a spot with no service.

Nutrition: Someone always gets hungry, so be sure to have a healthy snack because no one likes to hike while they are hangry.

Hydration: Always have your water on hand to cool you down when you are hot. Water can get heavy, however, so if you hike often you may want a water purifier to fill up your bottle as you go.

Rain Jacket: Or an umbrella, of course. Everyone in the South knows that rain can come out nowhere in the summer months, so always be prepared to avoid having to walk around in wet clothes.

Sunscreen: Even when the sky looks cloudy you can get burnt, so come prepared with your SPF chapstick, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

Looking for Even More Places to Hike in Nashville?

Want to know where to find more things to do in Nashville? Check out our website and follow us @StuffToDoInNashville, and don’t forget to tag us in your pictures so we can follow your adventures!

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