I understand biking is not the first thing you think about doing when in Nashville.
Visiting the Country Music Museum and Hall of Fame, going to a concert at the Ryman Auditorium for Opry Country Classic shows, walking down Broadway avenue, or visiting East Nashville and 5 Points neighborhoods may be first on the list. We, of course, did all these things, but we also enjoyed riding the Music City Bikeway.
Music City Bikeway is a 26-mile route that includes five greenways, bike lanes, and signed shared roadways. We rode the Stones River Greenway portion from Percy Priest Trailhead to Wave Country and Skate Park, 8 miles one way. The greenway follows the Stones River three-quarter of the way before crossing into the direction of the Cumberland River. The paved trail passes through neighborhoods, open fields, parks, a wooded area, and a golf course.
This trail is not as easy as I was expecting. It is challenging at times, especially for untrained riders, and I had to push my bike a few times on longer hills. This trail would be ideal with an eBike as it connects to several other trails towards downtown Nashville.
Discover a few of the other bike trails around Nashville:
A multi-use trail that runs along the Cumberland River in East Hill section of Nashville. It’s one of many forming Nashville’s system of greenways throughout the city. The northern end of the trail connects to the Stones River Greenway at the J. Percy Priest Dam.
- Richland Creek Greenway
This trail connects Sylvan Park and Cherokee Park neighborhoods along White Bridge Pike via three access spurs. It almost makes a complete loop around McCabe park, and a 1-mile portion of it follows the railroad tracks. Rail history buffs can stop at the White Bridge trailhead for the historical marker of the Great Train Wreck of 1918, one of the worst rail accidents in the country’s history.
This greenway is four disconnected, multi-use trails that run along the Harpeth River in suburban Nashville.
- Percy Warner Mountain Bike Trail
Eight miles of trails run through the park’s northwest section with a trailhead at the Percy Warner Park Golf Course and at the Deep Well park entrance.
Located off interstate 40E, past the airport going east. Hamilton Creek is one of the Metro Parks’ four parks that feature mountain bike trails.
- Bells Bend Mountain Bike Trail
5.5 miles of trail for beginner to intermediate level. It includes small rock formations, some exposed roots, open fields, and rolling hills.