If you love the fall and all the spectacular splendor the changing colors of the leaves put upon us, then you are a view seeker of the autumn back drop. Nashville has some of the most tranquil and spiritual scenery in the world. If you live in the area or are lucky enough to be passing through, you must take the time to stop and take in the pure beauty of nature these spots in Nashville, Tennessee have to offer.
Open daily from 6:00 am to dusk, all year round, the fall season is when it is at its most majestic The way the sun shines on the golden changing leaves and reflects on the lake is stunning. Visitor Center Hours are 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. There are many fun and educational programs for kids and adults including wildflower walks, moonlight hikes, canoe floats, reptile programs, and birds of prey demonstrations. Last year, Radnor Lake State Natural Area had between 850,000 and one million visitors walking and hiking its six miles of easy, moderate, and strenuous trails.
Percy and Edwin Warner Parks
Tucked away from Nashville’s city life, Percy and Edwin Warner Parks offer two golf courses,a nature center and even a place to fly your model airplane. For a joyous Autumn afternoon this is a must see location. The parks have not been changed since their establishment in 1927. The hardwood forests bestow an urban escape, louring those searching for a piece of nature in the cool air. The hiking trails during this season are lined with fiery red and
multi-color foliage that makes you feel as if you have stepped inside a surreal painting.
The Natchez Trace Parkway
American Indians, and settlers alike used this 444 mile stretch as their through way. The Trace is truly lovely whether you drive, hike, bike or horseback ride. If you have the time and are feeling daring you can even stop and camp. The Fall is the perfect time to camp in Nashville, the weather is sublime. Throughout the year, there are many cultural events such as Pioneer Days, Dulcimer demonstrations, and heritage programs. You can check out the calendar of events if you are so inclined.
Shelby Bottoms Greenway
Nine miles of paved and primitive trails are available for walking, running, biking and hiking on the Shelby Bottoms Greenway. The Greenway is nine miles of paved out trails that you can walk run or bike on. There is an observation deck and a view of the Cumberland River, which is best in the fall. The backdrop of this scenic view are magnificent trees with lush colorful leaves. Locals frequently chose this spot for bike riding, it is cool, safe and scenic. It is located in the very trendy East Nashville neighborhood.
Grassmere Historic Farm
The farm is actually located in the middle of the Grassmere Zoo. There is an historic farm house and in the Fall it is adorned with decorations that represent the Harvest. The gardens and barn have strategically placed pumpkins and the leaves slowly fall off the trees as you walk through, like rain. The vegetable gardens of squash and winter herbs, stimulate the senses and get you in the mood for a Fall Feast What I love most about the farm is the slightly spooky feeling you get especially in the Fall around Halloween.