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Travel Tips for Nashville Nature Lovers: 6 Places to Visit on Next Outdoor Adventure

By    |   Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 11:50 AM

Nashville is rich with outdoor adventures for nature lovers who can travel just a short distance from the city center's music scene to enjoy a variety of scenic activities.

Here are six travel tips for Nashville nature lovers looking for an outdoor adventure:

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1. Nashville B-cycle: This bike-sharing program has 23 stations with 142 miles of bike lanes along Nashville's greenway. "With adjustable seat posts, a basket to stow belongings, automatic lights, three speeds, and gear to keep clothes clean, these bikes are perfect for everyone to use."

2. Shelby Bottoms Greenway and Nature Park: This "environmental education and recreation facility" includes a nature center as well as over 950 acres of greenway and 336 acres of parkland. "The park features bottomland hardwood forest, open fields, floodplain, wetlands, and streams. Many frog species can be heard and seen, and local birders consider the park one of the best locations for bird watching field trips."

3. Natchez Trace Parkway: This 444-mile scenic stretch of road covers Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Travel tips for Nashville nature lovers include the waterfalls at Fat Hollow Trail, the hiking trails to Jackson Falls and Baker Bluff Overlook, and Birdsong Hollow, which "provides views of the double-arched bridge which rises 155 feet above the valley below."

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4. Warner Parks: This forested outdoor venue for nature lovers is located just 9 miles from downtown Nashville. At more than 3,000 acres, the park is huge and provides a nature center, hiking trails, an 11-mile bicycle path, equestrian trails, a dog park, numerous scenic overlooks, and picnic spots.

5. Cumberland Caverns: From spelunking — "I Came, I Caved, I Conquered!" — to day hikes or enjoying an underground bluegrass concert, Cumberland Caverns is a travel destination not to be missed by nature lovers. City Guide says, "Cumberland Caverns is one of the state's longest caves, and holds fascinating and eerie displays of underground beauty."

6. Obed River Rock Climbing: The cliffs of the Obed River offer a challenge to rock climbers who come from around the world to take them on. "The Obed's cliffs are especially well known for being 'steep,' which in climber's lingo means that they often lean back beyond vertical and become overhanging." Travel tips for this destination include equipment safety and the need for physical fitness. In addition, climbers need to watch out for falling rocks, "poisonous snakes and other wildlife, stinging insects and weather-related hazards such as lightning."

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