For Nashville's more outdoors-oriented individuals, going for a nice long hike is a great way to pass the time during the summer without spending a dime. Not only is getting outside good for you, but it is a cheap and easy source of entertainment that is sure to relieve some stress, too. But where do you go to find the best trails? Here are a few places to get you started:
Warner Park – This versatile park has nine separate hiking trails for you to make use of, which means that you won't be feeling bored here anytime soon. Over 12 miles of paved and non-paved hiking trails span this thickly forested park, and each one offers you a unique outdoor experience. The nice thing about a park like this is that whether you are feeling up for a 1 mile hike or a 5 mile hike, you have a place to go without doubling back on yourself. The Park is also used once a year for the society horse racing event known locally as "Steeple chase". This a good excuse to dress up in colorful clothers, overindulge, socialize and have a great time!
Shelby Bottoms – This multi-use collection of paved trails is great for cyclists looking for natural elevations to get some exercise on, as well as anyone looking for a nice easy and beautiful hike along Nashville's Cumberland River.
Beaman Park – This park contains 3 hiking trails for you to explore, each riddled with convenient rest stops that make great places for a picnic or to catch some mid-hike shade during one of Tennessee's hot summer days. The main trail is a slightly longer than 2 mile loop, but there are several smaller farm trails and a nature center as well.
No matter which of these parks you visit, it is always a good idea to bring a friend with you for safety purposes and always be mindful of the pristine Nashvillean outdoors – Leave nature alone, just enjoy the beautiful view and atmosphere.
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