Many people think of food, music and dancing when they think of Nashville and Nashville certainly offers a lot of wonderful choices if that is what you are looking for. But just a few minutes away from the most happeneing spots in the city are gorgeous parks that offer lovely green areas. There is something for everyone. Whether you are a resident of Nashville or passing through, Wyatt Johnson Kia wants you to know about the natural side of Nashville.
Located on the West End Avenue, the Centennial Park is 132 acres. Close to downtown, it has a 1 mile walking and jogging trail, sand volley ball courts, picnic spots in the grassy knoll and is right on Lake Watauga. Also located at the park is the Centennial Art Center, many historical monuments, an events area and an arts activity center. Plus a dog park. A must see attraction in the park is the full sacle replica of the Parthenon that is located in the middle of the park. For a fee of $6, visitors can go inside and see the Athena sculpture (entry into the park itself is free). But note that the Parthenon is closed on Mondays.
The Warner Parks
The Warner Parks are located about 9 miles from downtown Nashville. The Warner Parks, which consits of Edwin Warner Park and Percy Warner Park, stretch over 3,180 acres of green space, including trails, parks, a dog park, golf courses, esquestrian centers and forests. Over a million people visit these parks each year from activity enthusuasts like mountain bikers, cyclists and hikers.
For any wildlife enthusuast, the Radnor Lake is a haven that stretches over 1332 acres. With 6 miles of trails in the park, it is almost impossible not to see the variety of wildlife that like in the park. There are otters, beavers, deer, turtles and over 240 species of birds in thearea around the lake. Keep in mind that this park is considered a “Class II” State Natural Area. This means that there are certains rules that hiker need to keep in mind. There is no hiking off trail allowed, no running or jogging on the trails, walking only, and there is no food or pets allowed. For visitors that are looking to jog, bike or bring pets, this is allowed on the Otter Creek Road trail.
The Cumberland Park, located on the east side of the Eponymous River, is a 6.5 acre park with a variety of activities. There are different play and water areas for childre, a rock climbing wall and an outdoor amphitheater for live events. The park leads to the entry of the Pedestrian Bridge, which leads to downtown Nashville.