Think parks in Nashville, and chances are you’ll think first of Centennial Park and its renowned Parthenon replica. And while this Nashville landmark is certainly deserving of the hype, those less familiar with the city may not know that Nashville offers an abundance of lesser-known parks and green spaces. See for yourself why USA Today named Nashville one of the best urban green spaces in North America by spending a day — or two — exploring the robust natural life within this thriving and ever-growing city.
The first thing that you will notice about Radnor Lake is its stillness: gazing out at the lake under the canopy of densely-packed trees, it is easy to forget that you are mere miles away from the heart of downtown. In addition to a number of different hiking and walking trails, this 900-acre park is home to a wide variety of different plant and animal species — don’t be surprised if you see a deer or two amidst the trees during your walk. For its dedication to protecting, preserving, and promoting Radnor Lake and its surrounding land, the park even won the award for Tennessee Park of the Year in 2015. Those invested in the preservation of Radnor can volunteer for Friends of Radnor Lake by joining one of their once-monthly Volunteer Days, but you don’t need to volunteer to enjoy the majestic beauty of this park. Even if you have only a free afternoon, make your way down to Granny White Pike and take a daytime hike or leisurely stroll around the lake. In just twenty minutes, you can find respite from the bustle of the city.
In a city with as many great parks and green spaces as Nashville, it is nearly impossible to narrow them down to a ‘best of’ list. So if you’re looking for even more opportunities to align yourself with nature, be sure to check out: