5 Outdoor Activities Close To Nashville

Connecting with the outdoors can help heal a broken spirit. Nashville is conveniently located near waterfalls, hiking trails, and fishing holes. Engaging in these activities is a great way to help jump start your life after recovery.

Radnor Lake

Boasting more than 1300 acres of scenic, protected natural areas and six miles of hiking trails, Radnor Lake State Park is a gem for Nashville nature lovers. It’s just stone’s throw from downtown but this 8-mile drive will have you feel as if you’ve escaped the city and landed in a wildlife preserve. Attracting nearly one million visitors each year for its breathtaking views, trails for every skill level and spectacular wildlife observation, Radnor Lake is a top daytime destination to take in all the beauty nature has to offer.  You can pop into the Walter Criley Visitor Center to soak up some rich history of the park through interpretive exhibits and wildlife displays.

Long Hunter State Park

Whatever your outdoor preference, Long Hunter State Park has you covered. Hiking, biking, fishing, boating, picnicking and camping areas are plentiful. The park features 12 different hiking trails from easy to moderate and anywhere from one to six miles long. Taking a peaceful walk along the lakeside is a great way to focus on a new sober you. There is one two-mile loop and one four-mile loop bike trail  with great views of the lake.

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens

There is always something new to explore at Cheekwood. From seasonal festivities, to art exhibits, to a leisurely walk around the breathtaking gardens nestled among the 55-acre estate, you’ll find yourself surrounded by beauty and culture at every turn.

The Nashville Zoo

With more than 2,200 animals, and 353 different species, the Nashville Zoo is a great day retreat for couples or families. They continue to add new and exciting exhibits and have major plans for expansion. And if you have children, they won’t want to miss the massive playground.

Spectacular Waterfalls and Hiking

A 90-minute drive from Nashville will get you some spectacular views of the waterfalls at Burgess Falls State Park. You can hike to four waterfalls, one of which cascades 130 feet into the gorge. Rock Island State Park is an equally good option. At the gorge you’ll find scenic overlooks, waterfalls, deep pools areas perfect for hiking, swimming, fishing and kayaking.


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