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  • Kayak the Cumberland April 1st

    We will be paddling the Cumberland River from Shelby Bottoms to downtown Nashville twice! Join us at 10am session or 2pm. For more information email John Michael at

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Metro Parks has a vast system of parks, recreational facilities, and nature centers with easily accessible natural areas, hiking and mountain bike trails, greenways, and access to nearby rivers for exceptional canoeing and kayaking. We offer a variety of outdoor oriented programming with a focus on introductory and beginning skill levels. Enjoy our unique outdoor recreational opportunities that enhance quality of life and promote physical health while exposing you to our natural environment and the fantastic open spaces. Outdoor Nashville, Metro Parks' Outdoor Recreation program, provides trips and instructional clinics for adults, families, youth, seniors, and groups with special needs. Metro Parks' staff work with individual groups to customize outdoor experiences based on each group’s goals and skill level.

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All Outdoor Recreation participants must sign a liability waiver and agree to the Participants Code of Conduct to participate!

NashVitality App

The NashVitality app is a mobile guide to a healthy, active, and green lifestyle in Nashville. Inside this app there are interactive maps for all types of activities including walking, hiking, biking, water access, and much more. Plus, learn about how to be greener with tools such as where to recycle or what incentives are available to be more energy efficient. Every section of the app has the "Explore Near Me" option which when clicked will display all category results in your immediate vicinity.