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The Best Hiking in Nashville

If you enjoy hiking and getting out in the fresh air, then get your hiking shoes and fill up your water bottles. Nashville is a great place to go hiking. When you are in Nashville, you don’t have to travel far to find good hiking spots.  There are numerous hiking spots within a 30 minutes’ drive. Here are some of the best:

Radnor Lake State Park

You can come from downtown Nashville and hit a few trails and if you are a swimming enthusiast, you can take a quick swim and quickly make it back to Nashville. The park is south of Berry Hill and has short trails ranging from easy to strenuous making it one of the most best spots within the city limits.

Fiery Gizzard Trail

This is one of the top 25 hiking spots in the US. For those who love nature walks, epic rock formations and beautiful waterfalls, this is the place to visit. There are 12.5 miles of trails so there is plenty to take in as you enjoy the beautiful and serene environment. The view of the waterfalls is wonderful and the trail begins with a large rock shelter and a five-century-old Hemlock tree,

The Volunteer Trail

This is an 11 mile out and back trail with amazing view of Percy Priest Lake. The trail is rated as moderate and is mostly used for walking, hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash.

Prentice Cooper state Forest

This is a 6000-acre forest and a hike here is not for the faint hearted. The hiking trails here are strenuous and if you want to cover a lot of ground, you should come prepared both physically and mentally and bring plenty of water. It also has campsites if you want to extend your stay. It also has beautiful gorges, bluffs, canyons and lots of other amazing scenery.

Fall Creek Falls

This hiking area is located in one of Tennessee’s largest state parks with trails ranging from short to long and easy to strenuous. It’s your choice. The Betty Dunn Nature Center, located near the North entrance of the park, is a popular trailhead.

What this place lacks in solitude, it makes up for in scenery. The waterfalls make the hike worthwhile and if want to stop at someplace civilized, there is an inn that you can visit.  This place has many campsites and dozens of cabins and it’s pretty popular, so sometimes it can get a little crowded.

Stillhouse Falls

This is a great short hike that you can squeeze into only half a day. It is a 1.1 mile round trip hike and the highlight of the hike is the serene 75 foot waterfall. The trail is pretty easy and there is a reward of the spectacular waterfall view at the end.  You can bring your kids on this hike, they may really enjoy the waterfall.

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