Exploring Nashville's Fall Season
With breathtaking views and amazing trails it's no wonder where Nashville's creative side gains inspiration. Grab a hold of it for yourself by venturing to our parks, biking our trails, going for a hike, or taking a walk at one of Nashville's historical sites.
Bike our greenways
Music City has plenty for those who enjoy exercising, and exploring. Groups will love to pedal around Nashville and see the sights on the Nashville Pedal Tavern. This awesome tour is a party on wheels. Perfect for having fun in the sun, and stopping at various locations around Music City. Families and friends will love Sprocket Rocket Tours. It's like riding around in your own personal night club. It fits 16 people, pedal-powered, and has neon lights! A great way to tour historic downtown Nashville. Another great option for groups would be the Country Music Crawler which allows you to pedal your way down Honky Tonk Highway. They take reservations and walk-ups! Pioneer the trails with Bike the Greenway. They operate from Two Rivers Park, and will actually provide transportation for those in need. Enjoy a guided tour of the city with Green Fleet Bicycle Tours. Make your own special day and borrow a Nashville B-cycle. This gives you the chance to go at your own pace, and explore each corner of the city. Another option is Surge Nashville, LLC which offers eBicycles. Each bike is cruiser-styled and equipped with powerful electric motors that combine comfort and innovation making your ride a breeze.
Why walk, when you can fly? Experience the highly-exciting zipline tour, Adventureworks, nestled in 40 acres of old-growth forest. Also, families may figure out how to navigate the obstacle course located in the trees, full of nets, ropes, and broken bridges. Plus climb 30 feet to take the quantum leap, or pull your rip cord and swing out 60 feet on their giant swing. Venture over to Fontanel to experience Music City Ziplines by Adventureworks featuring 8 different zip lines. And while you are there explore The Trails at Fontanel which offer a 2.5 mile path that is well maintained and allows pets! Make sure to check out the Treetop Adventure Park at Nashville Shores. There are over 10 different zip lines, and 100 challenging obstacles including suspended bridges, cargo nets, ladders, Tarzan jumps, and many other thrilling elements. This place is perfect for family and friends to get together for a unique experience in Music City. OH! And SOAR Adventure Tower is a perfect destination for your next family outing. This beast of a tower holds 4 levels and over 110 climbing elements that will challenge kids and adults mentally and physically.
Enjoy the outdoors at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, and see over 400 different species including clouded leopards, red pandas, giraffes, and more. Now you can see the Zoo like never before with their all new zip line experience called Soaring Eagle which takes you 110 ft. in the air to overlook the African Savannah, Historic Home, Festival Field, and Gibbon Islands. Then, witness the 55 acres of beautiful splendor at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. You can always journey to Tennessee's largest petting farm, Lucky Ladd Farms, featuring over 100 friendly animals and exotic livestock. This 60-acre farm park offers attractions which appeal to all ages, acres of playgrounds, exciting hands-on animal encounters, pony rides, nature trails, and more to satisfy the whole family. Everyone loves miniature golf, and go-karts! Grand Old Golf & Go Karts holds three award winning miniature golf courses and an outdoor go-kart track that equals fun for the whole family. Cumberland Caverns is open year round, seven days a week with daily scenic walking tours, daytime adventure trips, and overnight spelunking with camping in the cave just 2 hours outside downtown Nashville. Lost River Cave & Valley is Kentucky's only underground boat tour just one hour north of Nashville. The tour begins with a walk along the river's edge, and then arrive at the massive cave entrance where you will board a boat and glide along the river into enormous cathedral-like passages.
Explore the Water
Just because it's getting cooler doesn't mean you can't enjoy the water. Nashville offers ways to explore on the rivers and lakes until October. Exploring Music City's waterways has never been so easy with the Nashville Paddle Co. They offer short and long term rentals for stand up paddleboards so you can cruise along Nashville's rivers and lakes. And just in case you don't know how, don't worry, they offer how-to-classes, intermediate technique instructions, and more to show you the ropes. Another great option for stand up paddle boarding is Paddle Up Nashville. They have a full service pro-shop, rentals, lessons, guided tours, and group events on the beautiful Cumberland River. River Queen Voyages is Nashville's first kayak rental company on the Cumberland River. They provide a beginner level tour-guided kayak route that goes from Shelby Park to Downtown Riverfront Park and an intermediate level self guided kayak route from Lock Two Park to Shelby Park. Make sure to check out Defiance Flyboard. Those crafty folks allow you to soar above the water using the propulsion of a jet ski. Water pushes down, and you go up in the sky like a spaceman with a jet pack. You could also check out Nashville Flyboard, the ultimate adventure in water sports. They offer master and certified Flyboard professionals to show you the ropes and have you surfing the skies in no time. Also, you can explore Old Hickory Lake and the Cumberland River like never before with Duckwing Triking, LLC. They have several different flights available including both sunrise and sunset which offer spectacular views.
Music City's Parks
We are proud of our open spaced parks so people can appreciate all the beautiful weather Music City has to offer. The Warner Parks (Edwin and Percy), in West Nashville, combine to make 2,684 acres to include picnic areas, hiking trails, running courses, and so much more. Talk a walk on Nashville's Greenways which connects neighborhoods to schools, shopping areas, downtown, recreation areas, open spaces, and other points of activity. Centennial Park is 132 acres and features The Parthenon, a full scale replica of the Athenian original. Inside the Greek temple is a 42-foot statue of Athena just like the Parthenon in ancient Greece. Centennial Park also has a one-mile walking trail, and many other historic shrines to see. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, in Downtown Nashville, is a great area to enjoy the outdoors, and discover Tennessee's rich history with the numerous monuments around the park. Eastland Park, in East Nashville, is an awesome patch of land with plenty of playgrounds, and hosts a lot of special events throughout the year. East Nashville visitors will also want to check out Shelby Bottoms Park filled with 5 miles of trails perfect for hiking, biking, running, and wildlife watching. Fannie Mae Dees Park, or Dragon Park, located in Hillsboro Village, is beloved by locals. It is called Dragon Park because of the large mosaic serpent sculpture that slithers through the landscape. Children love it, and adults relish in its beauty. Children love to spend time at Cumberland Park, in Downtown Nashville, a one-of-a-kind nature and play area that includes a sand play, stepping-stone path with mist, stone climbing ropes, climbing nets, exploration trail, and a fountain to cool you off during those extra hot days. Take a walk through Music City Walk of Fame Park to see the stars from different genres who have contributed to the world through the music industry, and hold a special connection with Music City. Inductees include Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Reba McEntire, Emmylou Harris, Little Richard, Hank Williams, Vince Gill, The Crickets, Kings of Leon, Barbara Mandrell, Wynonna Judd, Roy Orbison and more. Not too far away is Riverfront Park which includes East Riverfront Park overlooking the Cumberland River, and The Green at Riverfront Park located behind Ascend Amphitheater. We have not forgotten about our four legged friends. Warner, Shelby, and Centennial Parks all welcome dogs. Please visit www.nashville.gov/Dog-Parks for more information on rules and policies.
Music City has plenty of places to work out those legs and go for a nice hike. The Warner Parks provide 9 different hiking trails which equal to 12 miles of trail and 4 trailheads. Then you could always check out Beaman Park who holds 3 hiking trails with over 5 miles of trail and 3 trailheads. Bells Bend Park offers old farm roads trails, a 2.3 mile loop, and 2 trail heads. And don't forget to take a hike on one of the 5 hiking trails, paved trails, and 3 trailheads at Shelby Bottoms Park. See below for maps.
Into the Past
The fall months are a perfect time to explore Nashville's many outdoor historical sites. Check out the beautifully preserved grounds and home of our nation's 7th president at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage: Home of the People's President. Enjoy the 1,100 acres of the original farm owned by Andrew Jackson, and learn about life during the 19th century. The Belle Meade Plantation is a 19th century historic Greek Revival mansion commissioned by John Harding in 1845. Guests are welcome to explore the 30 acres of the Belle Meade Plantation which includes the dairy, horse stable, carriage house, mausoleum, gardens, and a log cabin. Learn about Nashville's role during the Civil War at The Battle of Franklin Trust as you explore the Carter House and Carnton. Next, immerse yourself into the past at Travellers Rest Plantation the home of John Overton, one of Nashville's first political leaders. One of Music City's favorite stories can be found at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. A story all about one of Nashville's early entrepreneurial families, the Cheeks, that lived during a very exciting time in Music City's history. They offer both self-guided and docent-led tours of its permanent collection, botanical garden, and special traveling exhibitions. You could always go for an amazing walking tour with Echoes of Nashville. They have a great 90-minute tour through the historic streets of downtown Nashville. Discover what has just won best little Southern town by Garden and Gun with Franklin on Foot, just south of downtown Nashville. Make sure to browse through the other great historical sites and museums Nashville has to offer here: www.visitmusiccity.com/nashvillehistory.