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How to Stay Active in Robertson County (and Have Fun!)

Plenty of parks, trails and pools beckon outdoor enthusiasts looking for exercise or even relaxation.

By Patsy B. Weiler on May 6, 2022

White House Park Greenway in Tennessee
Nathan Lambrecht

They are all here – the step counters, golf lovers, disc golfers, water enthusiasts (the activity-driven folks, if you will), and oh, how they love all the recreation Robertson County has to offer, from its numerous parks and trails to the Red River.

Make no mistake, though, you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to enjoy the county’s recreation options. Plus, they make staying active easy and fun.

One local who can speak to this fact, along with the importance of regular physical activity, is Springfield Parks and Recreation Director Terry Martin.

Get Going!

Bike- and pedestrian-friendly, the Springfield Greenway meanders nearly 3 miles through a scenic area with shade trees, and it is bookended by Garner Street Park and J. Travis Price Park, which provide restrooms, picnic areas and playgrounds.

“Many of us are sitting behind a computer or in a classroom, and it is important to go outside, enjoy some fresh air and start moving. It benefits your mind and body,” he says. “Our beautiful Springfield Greenway is a wonderful place to exercise and relax.”

Another favorite spot among the locals is the 26-acre Ridgetop Station Park, which features a historic home and grounds, a playground, a pavilion, a walking trail and the only arboretum in Robertson County.

Robertson County YMCA in Tennessee
Robertson County Family YMCA

Play a Sport (or Make a Splash!)

Residents also have access to the Red River, where outdoor enthusiasts can launch a canoe or go fishing. Plus, thanks to the Robertson County YMCA, water lovers can hop in the pool year-round, and members can benefit from YMCA360, which connects them to on-demand exercise programs.

If golfing is more your speed, you are in luck. The county is home to three beautiful golf courses. The Legacy in Springfield was ranked the No. 2 public course in Tennessee by Golf Advisor, a national course rating service, and in Greenbrier, residents can hit the green at Pebble Brook and Oak Hills.

White House Municipal Park in Tennessee
White House Municipal Park

Try Something New

The options to get out and active don’t just stop there – a future 6,000-square-foot, all-concrete Springfield Skate Park for skaters of all ages and abilities is in the planning stages. The site, which will be located inside Garner Street Park, is being developed by a partnership between the city and Kiwanis Club of Springfield, which has raised more than $50,000 toward the project so far.

J. Travis Price Park is also home to The Highlands, a seasonal 18-hole disc golf course with concrete tees as well as an assortment of wooded and open shots, ace runs and one of the largest downhill shots in Middle Tennessee.

“Less than a year after our course opened, 900 folks visited,” Martin says. “We have two tournaments, and they bring in revenue when visiting participants buy gas and eat at our restaurants.”

Additionally, Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Springfield recently received a $500,000 grant from Tennessee’s Local Parks and Recreation Fund to add a spacious, all-inclusive, wheelchair-accessible playground for kids of all abilities.

The state grant also paid for a walking trail and two multipurpose fields with bleachers for soccer, rugby and other sports leagues and tournaments. Another recent new recreation attraction at MLK Jr. Park is a splash pad that the city installed in 2021.

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