People often say the best thing about Nashville is the combination of a happening downtown scene and the beautiful green spaces less than ten minutes away. They are absolutely right! The parks and nature trails in Nashville are amazing. This Guru Guide is intended to help you determine which Nashville parks you should visit. We highlight our favorite urban parks, nature centers, and dog parks. Enjoy!
- Area: West End
- Address: 2500 West End Avenue
- Size: 132 acres
- Favorite Aspects: 2 dog parks and 1 mile walking loop
Smack dab in the middle of the hustle and bustle of offices, restaurants, and streets, Centennial is the perfect place to take a short walk on a lunch break. It is also home to the Parthenon replica, giving people educational benefits, along with their dose of vitamin D. Its convenient location also makes it a prime spot for events and activities. It is home to several festivals, fairs, and music series. On any given weekend, the park is full of music, food, and fun. With all of this activity, it is not the best for wildlife or nature viewing, and finding a secluded, quiet spot free of frisbees or college kids may be a challenge. Get more information about Centennial Park.
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
- Area: Downtown Nashville
- Address: 600 James Robertson Parkway
- Size: 19 Acres
- Favorite Aspects: 2,000-seat amphitheater and 31 “Rivers of Tennessee” fountains
Literally right downtown, the capitol building and the honky tonks couldn’t be closer. Bicentennial Park has a ton of Nashville and Tennessee history throughout. The fountains that represent all the state’s rivers are a kid’s favorite cool down in the summer. With all the activities, festivals, food, and music that goes on at Bicentennial, shorts and tank tops may out-number the suits and ties. Get more information about Bicentennial Capitol Mall.
- Area: 12 South
- Address: 3021 Lealand Lane
- Size: 20 Acres
- Favorite Aspects: convenient location and perfect picnicking
A small park in a growing neighborhood, Sevier Park has the best of both worlds. It’s fun and lively, but hardly ever crowded! With Las Palatas and Burger Up nearby, hunger won’t be an issue either. There is a small playground area and a creek down below in the shadow of the pre-Civil War Sunnyside Mansion. The mansion invites the new growth of the 12 South neighborhood in its historic front yard. Get more information about Sevier Park.
Fannie Mae Dees Park
- Area: Hillsboro Village
- Address: 2400 Blakemore Avenue
- Favorite Aspect: mosaic dragon sculpture
Commonly referred to by locals as “Dragon Park,” Fannie Mae Dees Park is very small and conveniently located. Just outside of Hillsboro Village, it’s a great place to eat a to-go lunch or walk around on your lunch break. The best part about it is the beautiful mosaic dragon sculpture. There are swing sets and fun areas for kids to play, but you can also grab a quiet spot under a tree. This is one of those Nashville parks that Nashville-born Millennials remember from their early years.
- Area: Downtown Nashville
- Address: 592 South First Street
- Size: 6.5 Acres
- Favorite Aspects: Outdoor Amphitheater for Events
Located on the East side of the river, Cumberland Park was completely renovated to become a go-to attraction for Nashvillians. There are a lot of features in this park including an outdoor amphitheater for events, a rock climbing wall, water features, green space for kids to play and much more. Get more information about Cumberland Park.
- Area: East Nashville
- Address: 1900 Davidson Street
- Size: 1200+ Acres
- Favorite Aspects: dog park and the amount of activities available
Shelby Bottom boasts a park, nature center, and off-leash dog park. With more than 1200 acres, be prepared to never get bored, but perhaps lost! This place is huge, and there is a lot to do. If running and walking aren’t your thing, try a hand at golf, baseball, fishing, or even boating! With pavement and trails, bicycling is very popular here, as well as, simply enjoying nature. Get more information about Shelby Bottom Park.
- Area: near Green Hills
- Address: 1160 Otter Creek Road
- Size: 1200 Acres
- Favorite Aspects: walking trails and wildlife
Radnor Lake is one of the best places for spotting deer, beavers, birds, turtles and more. With picnicking and running prohibited, the wildlife is preserved in this little patch of nature within the city. Quiet and peaceful, park benches face the lake, perfect for daydreaming or reading. The hiking and walking trails are well marked and perfect for a little escape from your day. Get more information about Radnor Lake.
Percy & Edwin Warner Parks
- Area: near Belle Meade
- Address: 7311 HWY 100
- Size: 2,500+ acres
- Favorite Aspects: hiking, cross country running, and horse trails
Whether you’re seeking beautiful scenic roadways or action-packed raceways, the Warner Parks have you covered. Home of the Iroquois Steeplechase, there is a strong equestrian love here. They also hold the state championship for cross-country, several marathons, and golf courses. The Warner parks have more of a hiking vibe than a walking vibe, so be prepared. Lace up your tennis shoes and get ready for some activity at these extremely popular Nashville parks! Get more information about the Warner Parks.
Warner Dog Park
- Hours: Dawn to dusk
- Location: Edwin Warner Park, 50 Vaughn Road
Shelby Dog Park
- Hours: Dawn to 8:00pm
- Location: Shelby Avenue at South 20th Street (behind the Shelby Park Community Center)
Centennial Dog Park
- Hours: Dawn to 8:00pm
- Location: 2500 West End Avenue
For more information on Nashville parks, check out the government website.