If you’ve ever spent time in other cities across the country, you come to appreciate Nashville’s rolling hills and sprawling green spaces.

Nashville’s Greenway System is made up of more than 80 miles of off-street multi-use greenway trails and various other types of trails within parks for walking, hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use.

With more than 20 multi-use, paved trails located throughout Nashville, you’ll never run out of green spaces to explore.

Here are five of Nashville’s most unique Greenways and Trails to check out this weekend:

1. Cumberland River Greenway: Downtown

Riverfront 23.5 miles, paved

Riverfront Park, along the Cumberland River River Greenway, has become one of Nashville’s most popular and most photographed trailways. Take in unobstructed panoramic views of downtown Nashville from the Seigenthaler Bridge and walk along the Cumberland River and watch the sunset reflect off the water.

2. White’s Creek Greenway at Fontanel

Trails-Entrance.08 miles paved and 2 miles primitive

This trail is the perfect spot for a reflective afternoon walk with man’s best friend. Mars Petcare helped sponsor this dog-friendly trail, installing sensory points throughout the trail.  Along the trail, pass behind the Fontanel Mansion, the former compound of famed country singer Barbara Mandrell.

3. Harpeth River Greenway: Warner Park to Morton Mill


6 miles paved

This scenic trail is accessible from two trailheads in Edwin Warner Park and follows the beautiful Harpeth and Little Harpeth Rivers. There is also an expansive picnic area. This greenway is ideal for runners and bikers, as foot traffic is more spread out along the trail.

4. Centennial Park


photo credit: Kevin Schlatt

2.3-miles paved

This trail within Nashville’s most photographed urban park is perfect for an early-morning or afternoon walk. Make a few laps around the 132-acre park and be sure to take a selfie in front of The Parthenon, Nashville’s most iconic landmark. This trail is better suited for walking than jogging because of the foot traffic, tourists, dog walkers, etc.

5. Fort Negley Historic Park

fort negley0.5 miles paved loop

Fort Negley is one of Nashville’s best-kept secrets. Where else in Nashville can you visit a historical landmark while exploring the great outdoors? Fort Negley Historic Park is a short trail perched above Wedgewood-Houston. The park also has excellent downtown views.

Nashville’s Greenways continue to evolve and there are several plans for expansion in the near future (see Nashville plans next vision for parks,greenways ). We don’t know about you, but we’re proud to live in a city with such beautiful public green spaces. So, get out there and explore Nashville!