5 stroller-friendly parks near Nashville

July 8, 2016  |  Permalink

Summer is a great time to get outdoors, but if you’re pushing kids around in strollers, it’s hard to know where to go for a little fresh air and freedom. There’s nothing worse than arriving to park with a toddler only to discover the trails are not suitable for strollers. To keep that from happening to you, we put together this list:


1. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

Located in the heart of downtown, this park is a great place to enjoy the beauty and history of Tennessee. There is a .9 mile paved trail around the park that takes visitors past monuments honoring aspects of Tennessee’s history. There is an informational brochure in the park office that can tell you all about the historic landmarks and points of interest along the route. The park’s proximity to the Farmers’ Market and the restaurants and boutiques of Germantown make it easy to grab a bite to eat or shop while enjoying the outdoors. At the end of the walk, let the kids burn off their energy at the splash pad near the park office.



2. Long Hunter State Park

Located just south of Mt. Juliet, the Couchville Lake Trail at Long Hunter State Park is perfect for strollers. The two-mile paved route wraps around the 110-acre lake. This is one of the most popular walks in the state park system due to its accessibility, lakeshore scenery, and abundant wildlife. Kids will love seeing white-tailed deer, wild turkey, great blue herons, osprey, and a wide variety of frogs and turtles. It’s also a great place for them to learn about trees, because the park has labeled and identified forty-two different species of trees along the path.



3. Radnor Lake

Radnor Lake State Natural Area, located in Brentwood, is It’s a beautiful oasis in the middle of an urban area, and a great place to take in some fresh air.  The 1.1 mile paved Otter Creek Road Trail is great for strollers. The path leads visitors past the lake and several observation decks. These are great locations to see waterfowl, amphibians, reptiles and mammals (like otters) in this protected area. The park is also home to hundreds of wildflower species, mosses, fungi, ferns and other plants.



4. Bledsoe Creek State Park

Located near Gallatin, Bledsoe Creek State Park has 1.5 miles of paved hiking trails that are perfect for strollers. The Mayo Wix Memorial Trail (1.0 mile) is also pet friendly, so it’s great for your furry companions. The park sits on Old Hickory Lake, and the trails meander through the woods and along the shoreline. This is a great park for bird watching and fishing, and has a brand new playground for kids.



5. Dunbar Cave State Natural Area

This 110-acre park is located in Clarksville, about an hour northwest of Nashville. The park is named after a cave on the property that is one of the largest in Montgomery County. Locals love the trails at this park. The Lake Trail (.7 miles) is paved and circles around Swan Lake.



Let's go for a stroll

Just because your kids are in strollers doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the outdoors. It just means you have to find the right parks. Now that you know where to go, let’s get outdoors and teach these children the value of spending time in the natural world.  

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Josh Gibson