Nashville Outdoor Adventure Guide

Traveling can make it tough to maintain your fitness routine. Nashville is an ideal destination to enjoy the outdoors and get a workout while you visit. The city offers several parks and attractions to help you enjoy nature and also achieve your daily exercise goals. Check out these outdoor recreation areas where you can enjoy hiking, biking, swimming, and more.


Bike Along Natchez Trace Parkway

If you want to hop on your bike and enjoy a scenic ride without commercial traffic, take a trip along the Natchez Trace Parkway. Nashville is at the northern end of this trail that winds through three states. While you probably won't have time to bike the entire 444-mile path, you can spend some time exploring Nashville's communities along the trail. Note that your bike will need front and rear lights to ride safely on the trail, and your group will need to ride single file.


Natchez Trace by Jo Fields Flickr


Go for a Swim at Percy Priest Lake

Percy Priest Lake offers camping, fishing, and watersports including swimming and wakeboarding. You can hike or bike along the 42-mile long lake to burn calories, too. To find accommodations near Nashville's Percy Priest Lake, choose a hotel along I-40. Downtown hotels are also only 15 minutes from the lake. It's a quick ride to the park that's just off I-40 and Bell Road. You'll see plenty of wildlife and lake views while you walk along the water. Stay until dusk to enjoy a gorgeous sunset.


Percy Priest Lake by Rick Harris Flickr


Take Your Pooch for a Run at The Warner Parks

Edwin and Percy Warner Parks, known more simply as "The Warner Parks," offer visitors over 3,000 acres of open green space. Get in your daily workout on the cross-country running trails. The Warner Parks also feature a nature center with plenty of scenic hiking trails. You may spy some butterflies and hummingbirds during your walk along the nature trails. You can choose from beginner trails to paths for more experienced hikers.

If you bring your canine friend along for your Nashville trip, the dog will need some exercise, too. You can take your pup for a run at the dog park in Warner Parks. You can go horseback riding and have a picnic in the park as well.


Swing Through a Forest Canopy

If you want to challenge yourself with a harder workout during your trip to Nashville, head to the Adventureworks Nashville West Adventure Park. See if you can navigate the Treetop Aerial Adventure Course. The course includes a set of cargo nets, ropes, cables, and logs. You'll need to climb, walk, and swing your way through the trees while you enjoy the beautiful forest scenery. The park is located along the Harpeth River, just a 30-minute ride from Nashville.


Canopy by Mauricio Gonzalez Flickr


Try these outdoor activities the next time you visit Nashville, Tennessee. You can skip the gym and still get a workout while you enjoy the gorgeous forests and lake scenery. Hotels along I-40 and in downtown Nashville offer convenient access to many of these awesome outdoor recreation areas.



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