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Parks and nature in Tennessee

Top parks

National Park
“stunning vistas, beautiful driving, easy to rigorous hiking trails, lots of butterflies, river creeks, fresh air”
  • 159 locals recommend
Park
“15 minutes up the road is The DuPont State Forest. The Park is known for several spectacular waterfalls, as well as miles of biking, hiking, and horseback trails. Several of our cover photos are from there and it is a magnificent place. It might be somewhat familiar to you if you have ever seen the movie “The Hunger Games” and “The Last of the Mohicans.” I think there are tours if you’re interested. The hiking to the waterfalls is more of a long walk. There are no food vendors nearby.”
  • 213 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Shelby Bottoms Nature Center at one end of the Greenway will connect you to the Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge on this 3 mile trek. Bring your walking shoes, bicycle or skates!”
  • 228 locals recommend
Garden
“Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and historic estate in Nashville, featuring art galleries, seasonal festivals and breathtaking wedding venues.”
  • 204 locals recommend
Park
“Located about 30 minutes south of East Nashville (without traffic), Percy and Edwin Warner Parks span 3,200 acres of beautiful wooded hills, open meadows, and bubbling streams, and includes 16.75 miles of hiking trails. We like the 4.5 mile Mossy Ridge Trail or the 2.5 mile Warner Woods Trail. This is a park close to the city, so you will see lots of other hikers on these trails, especially on the weekends. We prefer this park in the fall. ”
  • 195 locals recommend
National Park
“An absolutely beautiful part of our Smokies mountains! There is a loop road that has many places to stop along the way! Be sure to be on the lookout for the animals, you'll see bears, turkey, deer, and many more!”
  • 106 locals recommend
Garden
“65 acres of gardens and 10 miles of forested hiking trails. Garden tours, nature activities, cafe and gift shop.”
  • 173 locals recommend
Park
“Nice grassy park with Nashville's very own Parthenon, definitely check it out to see the gleaming gold statue of the goddess Athena. ”
  • 133 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Park
“Take in the view of the city and the mountains from the top of the Sunsphere! It’s a free trip up the elevator. There are walking trails, a playground, and a short walk to restaurants on UT campus. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Park
“This is must see for families. There are several play areas at this little park for all ages/abilities. In the center of the park is a sculpture of a dragon that was built by Pedro Silva and decorated by local artists and Nashville volunteers. It is wonderful to climb on and great for family pictures. Fannie Mae Dees Park is often referred to as “Dragon Park,” thanks to Pedro Silva’s sea serpent which was erected in the 70s, and features hundreds of personal designs–including faces, birds, alien creatures, flowers and animals–all made of cut or chipped tiles painted by local artists. Over several months in 1999 (and once again restored recently), neighborhood volunteers gave the beloved reptile much-needed repairs and polish, making him as handsome–and climbable–as ever.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Playground
“This is a great large park in East Nashville. It has playgrounds, a dog park, baseball fields, 2 golf courses, a boat ramp, and walking paths. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Playground
“Ross's Landing is a large grassy area on the riverfront downtown, perfect for kite flying, picnicking, photographing, and having a good time in general. There's even a playground for the kids! It's within a short walk of the Tennessee Aquarium, Creative Discovery Museum, Cold Stone Creamery, the stadium where the Chattanooga Lookouts play (baseball), and lots and lots of great restaurants. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Park
“Located just a few blocks from the cottage, Pinkerton Park has a one mile looped paved trail, canoe access to the Harper River, ADA certified playground, acres of open play areas, pavilions, pedestrian bridge over the river that connects to downtown, and access to Ft. Granger Civil War site. A family favorite, ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Playground
“Awesome playground for kids. Tons of creeks to splash in. Bring creek shoes and prepare to get wet!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Playground
“Fun for all ages! Take a nice walk around the park, pickle ball, tennis, splash pad and playground, indoor gym for basketball enthusiasts, and workout facilities 2 blocks from Serendipity ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
“When all you need is a modest, sunny stretch of grass nearby. Playground and small gym ($3/workout).”
  • 7 locals recommend

Beaches

Surf Spot
“Paddleboarding? You bet! Get out on that big lake (note: Percy Priest lake is 26.2 square miles!) and have some fun!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Campground
  • 2 locals recommend
Beach
  • 2 locals recommend
Beach
  • 2 locals recommend

Trails

Park
“15 minutes up the road is The DuPont State Forest. The Park is known for several spectacular waterfalls, as well as miles of biking, hiking, and horseback trails. Several of our cover photos are from there and it is a magnificent place. It might be somewhat familiar to you if you have ever seen the movie “The Hunger Games” and “The Last of the Mohicans.” I think there are tours if you’re interested. The hiking to the waterfalls is more of a long walk. There are no food vendors nearby.”
  • 213 locals recommend
Garden
“65 acres of gardens and 10 miles of forested hiking trails. Garden tours, nature activities, cafe and gift shop.”
  • 173 locals recommend
Trail
“It has a beautiful walk along the river. It has a quarry with pretty water. ”
  • 89 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“There is something extraordinary about the fall colors at Radnor Lake Park and we recommend you stop by this park if you are here in the fall. Hikes here are short, easy and lacking much elevation if that is what you seek. Despite being located in a fairly urban area, you will often see wildlife and gorgeous colors in the fall.”
  • 189 locals recommend
Park
“Only 15 miles = 30 minutes of mountain driving Well worth the adventure and Lake Lure is in the same area”
  • 65 locals recommend
Arts & Crafts Store
“In addition to the country's oldest handicraft shop, you will find a museum, two exhibitions, and an American Craft library rich with archives. Visit the Folk Art Center to learn our story, experience regional craft, & admire the works of over 300 Appalachian artists. 382 Blue Ridge Parkway | Asheville, NC Jan-Mar: Mon-Sun 9a-5p | April-Dec: Mon-Sat 9a-6p, Sun 9-5p Daily Craft Demonstrations: March- December 10a-4p”
  • 98 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Mountain with a seasonal road, paved trail & observation tower, plus an information center & store. Make sure the roads are open. Some roads shut down in the winter.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Trail
“There is a pretty large parking lot here and this is a fun little day trip hike with amazing views! This is family friendly too. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
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