As Nashville continues to grow, we recognize the importance of preserving and protecting the natural and cultural areas of this city. One of the ways our city strives to do so is through Greenways for Nashville – a non-profit organization that has assisted in developing a trail footprint of 80 miles, acquiring over 4,266 acres for conservation and protecting 11,000 acres of land.
As of 2016, Nashville has 80 miles of greenway trails (including paved, off-street and multi-use trails), plus over 150 miles of primitive and paved trails in local parks. Mark Deutschmann is currently the president of Greenways for Nashville, and plays a vital roll in continuing to build and grow Nashville’s green spaces
Greenways in Your Neighborhood
Percy and Edwin Warner Parks (Belle Meade | Bellevue)
12 miles, primitive
Percy and Edwin Warner Parks include 2,808 acres. Percy Warner contains hiking trails as well as 10 miles of equestrian bridle paths.
Edwin Warner Park, separated from Percy Warner by Old Hickory Blvd, has its own set of hiking trails, as well as Warner Parks Nature Center. Edwin Warner hosts two trailheads that are the starting points of the Harpeth River Greenway system. The two parks are connected by a trail that crosses Old Hickory Blvd.
50 Vaughn Road, 37221
7311 Highway 100, 37221
Richland Creek Greenway (Sylvan Park | White Bridge Road)
4 miles, paved
Looped path in the Sylvan Park neighborhood connecting golf, community center and shopping.
Old White Bridge Trailhead, 230 Kenner Ave. N, 37205
White Bridge Road Trailhead, 22 White Bridge Road, 37205
Lion’s Head Trailhead, 26 White Bridge Road, 37205
Neighborhood Connector, 4617 Sloan Road, 37209
Wyoming Trailhead, 101 46th Ave. N., 37209
Centennial Park (West End)
2.3 mile, walking
The park features a lake, meandering trails, and a paved multi-use trail.
2500 West End Ave, 37203
Cumberland River Greenway: MetroCenter Levee (Salemtown | Germantown)
3 miles, paved
Along the open air Cumberland River levee from Great Circle Road through to Ted Rhodes Golf Course, featuring public art and a number of river overlooks.
Freeland Station Trailhead, 766 Freeland Station Road, 37228
Great Circle Road Trailhead, 231 Great Circle Road, 37228
Cumberland River Greenway: Downtown
1.5 miles, paved
From MetroCenter Levee Greenway’s Great Circle trailhead into Downtown to 1st Ave along Fort Nashborough and Riverfront Park, with spurs along the way to Morgan Park and Bicentennial State Park.
Riverfront Park, 100 First Avenue North, 37201
Morgan Park, 411 Hume Street, 37208
Shelby Bottoms Park and Greenway (East Nashville)
15.27 miles, paved; 6.53 miles primitive
Mostly along the Cumberland River, trail starts from the Shelby Bottoms Nature Center and runs 3 miles to the Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge, linking to the Stones River Greenway as part of the Music City Bikeway. Several spurs lead into the East Nashville neighborhoods bordering the park encompassing 960 acres.
Main Trailhead, 1900 Davidson Street, 37206
Forrest Green Trailhead, 2032 Forrest Green Drive, 37216
Cooper Creek Trailhead, 2544 McGinnis Drive, 37216
Neighborhood Connector, 995 Shadow Lane, 37206
Neighborhood Connector, 2692 Fortland Drive, 37206
I-440 Greenway/Bikeway Pilot Project
The first phase of this project will connect Centennial Park to Elmington Park. Construction is planned to begin June 2016. Click the following link to view the Route Feasibility Study – Overall Route Analysis.
Mill Creek Greenway
The Rivendell loop is complete. Parking and trailhead is on Hickory Park Drive. A spring time ribbon cutting ceremony will be scheduled soon.
Another new loop of greenway located in the bend of Mill Creek between Blue Hole Road and Preston Road (bordered by Pettus Road) will be completed this year. Trail construction will begin April 2016. Parking/trailhead construction will begin Summer 2016.
Stones River Greenway
Construction is currently underway at the Percy Priest Dam trailhead. Exciting plans include a new trailhead with a water fountain, dog park, and permanent restrooms. A ribbon cutting celebration will be planned for Summer 2016.
Whites Creek Greenway
A new section of greenway will be completed connecting Hartman Park to Mullins Park along Clarksville Highway. Construction will begin March 2016, and a ribbon cutting celebration will be planned for late Summer 2016.