Nashville’s Best Parks
Spring in Nashville is one of the best times to head outdoors. If you’re ready to get in touch with nature, we’ve got just the spots! You can make an entire weekend getaway just out of seeing these amazing Nashville parks.
Here are our top picks for the best parks in Nashville:
- Centennial Park
- Sevier Park
- Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
- Shelby Bottoms
- Radnor Lake State Park
Centennial Park is an urban oasis spanning 132-acres and complete with its very own Parthenon. That’s right, you won’t have to travel to Greece to take in this marvel. We’ve got our own replica right here in Nashville. Book a guided tour of the Parthenon, then stroll through the amazing Sunken Garden. It’s a flower lover’s dream. History buffs will have a blast touring the park and pointing out all the monuments.
If you’re in the mood for some lakeside leisure, head over to Lake Watauga, where you can bike, hike, or just sit back and enjoy the sunshine.
Located at the end of the 12 South district, Sevier Park is a family-friendly, low-key destination to spend a sunny afternoon in Nashville. Tennis courts, playgrounds, and open space abound, making it a great destination for active families or anyone looking to enjoy a picnic without the crowds.
When the weather is warm, grab a gourmet Mexican popsicle from the neighboring Las Paletas to enjoy on your walk. And if you’re in the area any time from May to October, you’ll be able to enjoy the 12 South Farmers Market that occurs every Tuesday from 4pm to 7pm.
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
You don’t even have to leave Downtown Nashville to get some fresh air! The Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park helps showcase the history of Tennessee over its 19 acres of land. Spend an afternoon taking in the historical moments and learning more about the colorful history of The Volunteer State.
Just 405 feet from the park lies the Tennessee State Museum. If you’re feeling hungry, there are a staggering 880 restaurants within 3 miles. The top 10 include The Cupcake Collection, Germantown Cafe, and the 404 Kitchen.
The Shelby Bottoms Greenway offers 5 miles of ADA-accessible nature trails for everyone to enjoy. Whether you want to bike, job, or watch the local wildlife, it’s a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle in the heart of the city.
Admission is free, and the greenway is pet-friendly so long as you keep your pooch on a leash that’s no longer than 6 feet. Adjacent to the greenway lies Shelby Park, the ideal spot for fishing and relaxing along the Cumberland River.
Radnor Lake State Park
Just 8 miles south of Downtown Nashville lies 1,368 acres of pristine nature. The wildlife at Radnor Lake State Park includes plenty of local birds, owls, otters, and even mink. With over 5 miles of trails to explore, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported far beyond the city as you make your way through the protected Class II Natural Area.
Birds are the stars of the show at the park, and you won’t want to miss a trip to visit Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center. The Center is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10 am to 1pm. Along the 550-foot-long boardwalk, you can witness non-releasable birds of prey up close, go on a guided tour, or learn about them from a park educator.
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