The bustling city of Nashville might not overtly appear to be a bike-friendly city on the surface. However, when it comes to exceptional bike trails, there are quite a few hidden gems quietly hidden behind the tree lines in the form of biking trails throughout the community. Here are a few local favorites that will get the wheels spinning and the heart racing.
Shelby Bottoms Greenway & Natural Area
Amid this nearly 1000-acre community park, there are just over 10 miles of unpaved and paved trails surrounding wetlands, lush forests and gently flowing streams at Shelby Bottoms Greenway & Natural Area. It seems to be designed for those who love observing nature while on two wheels. The primary route at Shelby Bottoms meanders along the banks of the Cumberland River, and there are a number of offshoots that can be explored to extend the riding experience.
Address: 1900 Shelby Bottoms Greenway, Nashville, TN 37206
Richland Creek Greenway
A trek favored by locals, the Richland Creek Greenway bike trail is a five-mile, multi-use paved path that attracts bicyclists, runners, walkers and skaters alike. This respite offers a wide path that encircles McCabe Park and one of the best golf courses in Nashville. As riders traverse alongside the railroad tracks around Charlotte Pike, a great stopping point is Dutchman's Curve, a spot where the country's worst railway accident in history took place.
Address: 4617 Sloan Rd, Nashville, TN 37209
Harpeth River Greenway
Laden with some of the most spectacular scenery in Nashville, Harpeth River Greenway encompasses multiple trails designed to be enjoyed by bicyclists, joggers, and walkers looking for a new perspective on city life. The greenway runs along Little Harpeth and the Harpeth Rivers along four disconnected multi-use trails. One of the best routes begins at Edwin Warner Park and takes riders through gorgeous landscapes all the way through Bellevue. With more than seven miles of trails, one can get a great workout while enjoying the rushing sounds of the Cumberland River.
Address: 7624 Old Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37221
Percy Warner Park Loop
Enthusiasts looking for a bigger challenge than gentle slopes will want to check out Percy Warner Park Loop that loops the Belle Meade community. Just be warned, this 11-mile paved path isn't for beginners or the feint of heart, as this trek is one that is sure to pump up the cardiovascular system within the first mile. With that in mind, don't be hesitant to give the loop a whirl, as there are ample downhill segments that seem to come into play at just the right time for a respite to take on the next uphill battle.
Address: 50 Vaughn Rd, Nashville, TN 37221
Stones River Greenway
If a long haul is on the agenda, head out to the J. Percy Priest Dam and take on the Stones River Greenway trail, which is arguably one of the finest in the state of Tennessee. Riders appreciate the abundance of flora and fauna that is encountered on this inner city journey along the banks of the Cumberland River, and there are minimal hills to content with along the way.
This route is a widely popular choice for visitors from out of town thanks to the bike rental agency near the trailhead at Two Rivers Park. Those who truly want to experience the energy of Nashville that's not related to music will find this quiet respite to be exquisite for both exercise and mental relaxation.
Whether your are a local or simply want to get exercise outside of the gym, the numerous bike trails in Nashville have plenty of impressive sights to soak in while burning those calories and maintaining cardiovascular health and wellness.
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