Veronica Williams takes up the challenge and reviews some of the most beautiful Winter Walks in and around Nashville, perfect for walking off the Thanksgiving over-indulgence.
When the air changes to those crisp winter winds, there is nothing better than a winter walk to get you in the mood for all the seasonal changes about to come. Here are some great spots located around Nashville for you to get outside and soak up the winter winds.
Warner Woods Trail 2.5 Mile Loop
There is something magical about the woods in the winter. The way the branches cover the forest, loosely allowing light to break through. It makes winter seem magical, not harsh. The Warner Woods Trail is a 2.5 Mile Loop, one that will truly make you feel accomplished, both mentally and physically, after completing. A moderate walk with several uphill climbs, it will leave you in awe of the beauty right here within Nashville.
If you want to stay a little closer to the city, Centennial Park is your best bet! Over the years and during my time in Nashville, Centennial Park has really changed. Once a place you wouldn’t visit at night, it has become a monument for the Nashville community. In addition to featuring the historic “Parthenon,” it has paved walking trails around the lake and park, gardens, various historical statues, and so much more. It’s a great experience for the whole family, all year round.
Ellington Agriculture Center:
Rogers Walk Trail 1.7 Mile Loop
Locals of the South Nashville area will know Ellington Agriculture Center as well as their cut through to Edmondson Pike after work, but the Agriculture Center offers much more than that. Ellington is home to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, as well as home to the Metro Police Mounted Patrol. Within this unique area, there are gardens, a historical plantation home, and the Rogers Walk Trail, a 1.7 mile loop that takes you all around the agriculture center. During winter, catching the sunset over the horse pastures and beautiful plantation home is a unique site in Nashville.
Lake Trail 1.35 Mile Loop
Just like Percy Warner, Radnor Lake is a small spot within the city that makes you feel as if you are miles away. Located right in Green Hills, Radnor Lake serves as a beautiful backdrop for a picturesque winter walk. Besides walking around a wonderful lake, you are almost guaranteed to see some wildlife. Everything from deer to wild turkey, Nashville’s wildlife flocks to Radnor Lake
to call it their home. If you are looking for stunning lake views and wildlife to see right in the city, then you can count on Radnor Lake to fill your needs.
Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Stairs
If you don’t want to pay the high prices to enjoy Cheekwood, there is a cheaper way. Located next to the Warner Wood Trail are the Cheekwood Stairs. This ½ mile of stairs is great if you are looking to work those glutes. There is never a time when these stairs don’t have me huffing and puffing at the end. Aside from the great workout, once you make it to the top, you will find multiple short, paved trails. Needless to say, the hard work is worth the pay off. The tree lined walkway makes for an easy winter stroll, located right here in Belle Meade.
Within the city limits, you can find so many areas for the perfect winter walk. Whether you are an avid hiker looking for a bit of a challenge, a gym enthusiast looking for a high caliber workout, or just an out of towner looking for a nice winter stroll, there is a special place for some of the most beautiful Winter Walks right here in Nashville.