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Parks and Recreation

Situated in the center of the Nashville Basin, our region is buffeted by natural beauty on all sides: we are bordered by the Cumberland Highlands and the Cumberland Plateau, with the geography of our communities characterized by fertile farm lands, rich natural beauty and diverse wildlife. The Cumberland River flows through our counties, with numerous tributaries and lakes providing waterfronts in a landlocked state, uniquely beautiful and rare. Whites Creek, Manskers Creek, Stones River, Mill Creek, and the Harpeth River, as well as Radnor Lake, which is often referred to as “Nashville’s Walden” are just a few of the waterways where residents and visitors find a variety of activities and an idyllic retreat from the hustle of the city.

Nashville-Davidson County maintains over 10,570 acres of public use lands at 113 parks and 7 municipal golf ranges, offering citizens an unprecedented amount of ways to enjoy the outdoors. Some of the unique amenities of the community, city, state and national parks of our region include swimming pools, seasonal ice skating areas, skate parks, sailboat marinas, dog runs, senior programs, special population programs, cultural arts classes, hiking trails, nature programs, sports leagues and public art galleries. The 23 state parks of Middle Tennessee include Bicentennial Mall, Cordell Hull, Fall Creek Falls, Long Hunter, Port Royal, South Cumberland, Standing Stone, Radnor Lake, Montgomery Bell, Harpeth River, David Crockett, Bledsoe Creek, Burgess Falls, Dunbar Cave, Henry Horton, Mousetail Landing, Rock Island, Tims Ford, Sgt. Alvin C. York, Old Stone Fort, Johnsonville, Edgar Evins and Cedars of Lebanon, ensuring that for every visitor, there’s something exciting—or relaxing—to see and do outdoors in Davidson County. To learn more about the parks, recreation, sports and activities of Davidson County and the Metro Nashville region, please visit:

Nashville Parks and Recreation
Nashville Greenways
Dog-Friendly Nashville
Tennessee State Parks
National Parks of Central Tennessee
Centennial Park
Natchez Trace Parkway
Adventure Science Center
Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
Radnor Lake State Park
Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
Fall Creek Falls State Park
Tims Ford Lake State Park