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Parks and Recreation

Metro Greenways, Trails, and Open Space

What are Greenways?

Greenways are linear parks and trails that connect neighborhoods to schools, parks, transportation, shopping and work. Often located along natural landscape features like streams, rivers and ridges, or along built features, such as railroad corridors and scenic highways, greenways provide valuable greenspace for conservation, recreation and alternative off-street transportation.

Greenways provide all citizens barrier-free access to natural resources and recreational opportunities

Nashville’s greenways are primarily based along our eight major water corridors: the Cumberland River, Stones River, Mill Creek, Seven Mile Creek, Browns Creek, Whites Creek, Richland Creek, and Harpeth River.

City Central: Urban greenways located in Nashville’s downtown are part of a planned 23-mile urban greenway loop system encircling Nashville’s core. This system will be a vital component of the city’s transit initiatives, connecting transit stops, bikeways, neighborhoods, schools, parks and business districts. Today, approximately one third of the system is completed or under development.

Greenway efforts are guided by a master plan framework and open space plan, led by the Greenways and Open Space Commission and supported by the non-profit friends group Greenways for Nashville.

Greenways Vision: Plans and Projects

The goal: a greenway trail near every community for recreation and transportation as well as to conserve green space, particularly floodplains and scenic viewsheds, along county waterways. With the expansion of the greenway network over the past 25 years, our goal has evolved from a trail within two miles to a trail within one mile of every community. Plan to Play: the Parks and Greenways Master Plan recommended in 2017 a more ambitious goal in the urban core: an inviting ten-minute (half-mile) walk to a greenway.

Learn more about Greenways Plans and Projects

Greenways Network: Maps and Trails

Nashville places a high priority on protecting and linking open space and building greenway trails. In the county-wide trail network of local- and state-maintained trails, including multi-use greenway trails plus dedicated trails for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and blueway trails for paddling, there are over 300 miles of trails as of April, 2019.

Learn more about the Greenways Network: Maps and Trails

Trail Users: Resources and Rules

Metro Parks Participants Code of Conduct

Learn more about Trail Users Resources and Rules

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Contact Us

Metro Greenways and Open Space Commission
Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation Department
P.O. Box 196340
Nashville, TN 37219-6340

615-862-8430 (Fax)