About Natural Areas
The best that nature has to offer in middle Tennessee can be found in Metro Parks Natural Areas… fresh air, sunshine, and healthy activities in the great outdoors. Six natural area parks total over 7,000 acres of forests & meadows, hills & hollows, and rivers & streams to explore and enjoy. The benefits and recreational opportunities found in natural area parks are endless… environmental education & outdoor recreation programs, physical fitness, and relief from the pressures of urban living.
The Natural Areas mission is to preserve, protect, and restore the natural heritage of Nashville’s municipal parklands for the perpetual benefit of the community. Stewardship and best practices of natural resource management are combined to maintain and enhance biological diversity and significant natural features. Natural Areas are ideal locations for nature programs & wildlife observation, outdoor recreation activities, and research projects. Natural Areas have a positive impact on clean air, water quality, and the physical & mental health of the community.
Natural Area Parks