March 16, 2022

Best Hiking, Walking & Biking in Nashville, TN

One of many great things about a visit to Nashville is the fantastic array of outdoor-recreation opportunities readily available within and close by the city. Just steps outside our hotel, you have access to the area’s top attractions from the pristine Riverfront to the Bridgestone Arena.

Our central location here also gives you easy access to a slew of excellent biking, walking and hiking options, from urban circuits to quiet natural areas.

Here’s a look at just a few of your options in the pedaling and hoofing-it departments!

Biking in Nashville 

Music City is a delightfully bike-friendly metropolis. Parks just a stone’s throw from The Union Station Nashville Yards, including Riverfront Park and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, provide wonderful routes for laidback pedaling.

So do the city’s numerous greenways, including the Shelby Bottoms Greenway & Natural Area with its six-odd miles of paved multiuse paths and the 3.5-mile-long Cumberland River Greenway that in fact incorporates both of the above-mentioned parks. You can also thread together multiple greenways as well as city streets into an unbeatable Nashville bike tour in the form of the 26-mile-long Music City Bikeway, which runs between Percy Warner Park and the J. Percy Priest Dam.

For those looking for bike rental options, Nashville B-Cycle is a great way to get around in a low-cost, convenient and healthy way. They offer many different options for all types of riders!

Hiking in Nashville

Hiking opportunities are equally rich on a Union Station Nashville Yards stay. The 950-acre Shelby Bottoms Greenway & Natural Area—one of five Natural Area units within Nashville’s Metro Parks system—isn’t just great for biking, but also for lacing on some hiking boots. Its bottomland hardwood forests, wetlands, and fields along the Cumberland River constitute a wonderful natural oasis within the city, and besides the paved paths you’ve got more than five miles of more primitive hiking trails to explore. Keep your eyes peeled for black-crowned night herons, white-tailed deer, mink, and other wildlife as you foray along.

Just a short drive south of our Nashville Yards hotel, the nearly 1,400-acre Radnor Lake State Park is another beloved Music City-area hiking destination. Its trail system encompasses a nice range of difficulty between beginner-friendly and huff-and-puff challenging, with the level Lake Trail accessible to all-terrain wheelchairs.

Enjoy Nashville-Area Hiking & Biking on a Union Station Getaway

Getting out and enjoying that Tennessee sunshine as well as scenery ranging from soaring cityscape architecture to stream-laced bottomland woods and rolling uplands is easy to do while relishing our Marriott Autograph Collection hospitality here at The Union Station Nashville Yards. You’ll love returning from an invigorating bike ride or greenway hike to our luxury hotel, where the comfort of your room or suite awaits—as does a restorative meal at Ergo or Stationairy. You only need to put on your shoes and go!