Nashville is my favorite city in America and it is because of this list. The city has the best park system in the nation! Change my mind!
Emily and I have hit all/most of these over the years. Our favorites are Percy Warner, Edwin Warner, and Beaman. If I had to pick an absolute favorite, I’d say Percy Warner is my all-time favorite city park. It has everything this man needs; mountain biking, road biking, hiking, road running, trail running, tons of hills and owls!!! It is amazing to have such large outdoor space literally a short bike ride away from our front door.
1) Percy Warner Park – Hands down my favorite city park. It has everything this man needs; mountain biking, road biking, hiking, road running, trail running, tons of hills and owls!!! It is amazing to have such a large outdoor space literally a short bike ride away from our front door.
2) Edwin Warner – Percy Warner’s little brother and a very close second. It might even take first place sometimes because it is closer to my house and Emily and I spend more time here than almost anywhere else. They’ve added acreage across Highway 100 which has a trail we hike on as well. This park has different terrain than in the original park and ticks are on our mind when over there (so we go there less). You can read about it HERE.
3) Beaman Park – I describe this as Percy Warner without the crowds. This park is pretty far outside Nashville (to the north side) and is much less crowded. They recently revamped the trail system here (and made it much better). You can read about it HERE.
4) Hamilton Creek – Dad has forced most of the kids to mountain bike here at one time or another. I’m not sure they had as much fun as I thought they were having!
5) Centennial Park – A replica of the Greek Parthenon and a lake with ducks! I remember this place from when I was a little kid. I also walked here during lunch breaks a ton in 2016.
6) Shelby Bottoms – This park runs along the Cumberland River near downtown. You can actually park at the Titan’s stadium and ride in a nice bike lane down to it. The greenway that runs through it is part of the Music City Bikeway, which is a very fun ride. We’ve ridden bikes with the kids many, many times while they were growing up (before there was a pedestrian bridge across the river).
7) Harpeth River Greenway – This isn’t really a park it’s a greenway, but it is an awesome one. It runs along the Harpeth River from Edwin Warner Park out to Bellevue. I ride my bike on it a ton. I think it is way better than riding on the streets with those big heavy distracted driver killing machines. For me, this greenway is a means to an end…to get to Edwin Warner and Percy Warner. I actually chose where we live right now (in Bellevue) to be able to have easy access to this greenway. You can read about it HERE.
8) Richland Creek – This a greenway that runs nears Richland Creek, a railroad, and around a golf course. It is a fun little loop. I used it as my commuter path from home to work for a year or so when I worked near West End.
9) Metro Center Greenway – This greenway runs on a levy right beside the Cumberland River. It is flat and has a great view of the river. We rode bikes with the kids here a ton when they were little.