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Where the Locals Ride in Nashville

Looking to bike around Nashville? There are plenty of places for the rubber to hit the road.

By Cary Estes on September 27, 2021

Shelby Park Bridge in Nashville TN
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When it comes to cycling in the Nashville Region, “there are a ton of great places to go,” says R.J. LoCurto, president of the Harpeth Bike Club in Franklin. “And the great thing is a lot of rides are very quick portals into the countryside. Within 15 or 20 minutes of getting on the bike, you can be out in the country.”

Here is just a sample of some great rides: 

Stones River Greenway

Much of this 10-mile trail runs parallel to Stones River, stretching from the Cumberland River to J. Percy Priest Reservoir. It is part of Nashville’s extensive trail system that connects neighborhoods with downtown offices, shopping areas and restaurants.

Shelby Bottoms Greenway

This 4-mile trail begins with a ride through a tunnel underneath Briley Parkway, then a trip over the Cumberland River pedestrian bridge and then onward to Shelby Park in East Nashville. “There’s a different sort of charm to these urban rides,” LoCurto says.

Trinity Park

This beautiful park can be used as a launching point for several rides into the Williamson County countryside. Head south toward Pulltight Hill Road for a moderate climb that leads to a gorgeous view. Or, venture northeast on Burke Hollow Road for a thrilling descent.

Natchez Trace Parkway

One section of this famous 444-mile national scenic byway stretches southwest from Nashville and links to the equally picturesque Old Natchez Trace, which runs along the Harpeth River. As a bonus, it takes you past The Loveless Cafe.

Carl Road

Located near the small community of Leiper’s Fork in Williamson County, this 3-mile stretch is LoCurto’s favorite road to ride in the area. “It’s curvy and scenic, with rolling hills and sweeping turns and a canopy of trees,” LoCurto says. “It’s just spectacular.”

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