Amazing Outdoor Adventure in Nashville Tennessee

Adventure in Nashville

Nashville Tennessee is a fast growing, sprawling, middle sized city.  It is not the first place you think of having an outdoor adventure, but it is worth taking another look.  Surprisingly, adventure in Nashville and the surrounding area isn’t that difficult to find.  There are many opportunities to push your boundaries and try new things throughout the city.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding on Percy Priest

Adventure in Nashville Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand up paddle boarding has really taken off in the past few years.  It has expanded to include stand up paddle boards that can carry your dog, paddle board racing, and even paddle board yoga!  Nashville Paddle Company operates a rentals service on Percy Priest Lake. Do some yoga on the lake, or just spend a day paddling around.


Zipline through the Treetops of Fontanel


Zip Lining is another popular adventure in Nashville.  Adventure Works Nashville has two sites where you can fly along harnessed onto steel cables up to 85 feet in the air.  One is in Kingston Springs and the other is at Fontanel. The average Zip Tour is around 90 minutes.  You can fly through the treetops for $59 per adult.


Skydive in Nashville


If jumping out of a perfectly good plane is your idea of adventure, you can make that happen in Nashville too! At Skydive Nashville, you can book a tandem skydiving experience. This is the best way to get  the first taste of skydiving. Your instructor will get you through the entire experience, from taking the first step out the door, to free fall,  and feet firmly planted on the ground. Contact them at their website or via phone at 615-988-6290.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is a great adventure activity in Nashville.  If you have a mountain bike already swing by Hamilton Creek or Percy Warner Parks to ride.  If you don’t own your own bike, you can rent a bike from Trace Bikes and check out some of the thrilling mountain bike trails in Nashville. It is great exercise and a amazing way to see the natural side of Nashville.  If the off road trails are too much, there are also plenty of green ways and smooth bike paths throughout the city you can explore.


Adventure in Nashville Kayaking

I covered a lot of this in a recent post about kayaking in Tennessee, but this is one of my favorite activities. It can be a full on thrill seeking adventure, or you can tone it down to any skill level. You can spend all day floating comfortably down the river, or you can plunge headlong off of waterfalls.  No matter how you choose to take this adventure, you can make it happen near Nashville.


Adventure in Nashville Hiking

There is no shortage of beautiful hiking trails in and around Nashville. There is a trail for every fitness and experience level from paved wide trails of the green way system, to the more rugged terrain of South Cumberland State Park a little further out of town.  As far as adventure in Nashville goes, hiking is probably the easiest to get into.  There is very little cost involved to get started. I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite trail, but Radnor Lake State Natural Area is one of the most popular.

Partner up for Adventure in Nashville

You don’t have to adventure alone!  You can join like minded folks at Team Green Adventures.  For over 10 years Nashville’s lightning 100 has been organizing and engaging listeners, fans, and the Nashville community in an active, sustainable, and healthy lifestyle. Team Green organizes over 250 events each year such as beginner backpacking, wildflower hikes, and bike rides.

Go do it!

These are some of our favorite ways to have an adventure in Nashville. What are yours?  Let us know in the comments, then get out there and get into something fun!

Amazing Outdoor Adventure in Nashville, Tennessee. More than just country music, Nashville is home to many adventure activities from hiking, to skydiving, and mountain biking, Nashville has something for everyone.

37 Comment

  1. Great post! I’ve always thought Nashville would be a fun place to visit! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I enjoyed this post! I am going to Nashville in about a month! I must try some of this!

  3. I definitely didn’t think of ‘outdoor adventures’ when I thought of Nashville – thanks for the travel education!

  4. This is such a good post and super helpful too! I would love to go paddle boarding, it looks brilliant. x

  5. LOVE my hometown of Nashville! 🙂 So much to do in such an incredible city. Thanks for the little trip down memory lane! 🙂

  6. When I think of Nashville, I think of the series (which i love!) but I am so keen to visit even more so that I see there is a lot of outdoor adventure too!

  7. Sounds fun! I love visiting Tennessee! I haven’t been to Nashville yet. Hopefully one day!

  8. Such a surprising destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Wouldn’t have put Nashville on the top of the list to explore the outdoors but you have put together a great collection of fun activities. It’s very helpful that you took the time to add the links so one can do some research before visiting.

  9. Yes! Need these tips – visiting Nashville in the summer as part of a US road trip. I’ve always wanted to go! Any other tips for Nashville?

    1. Definitely, be sure to check out some of our other posts, as just about everything on our blog is near Nashville. Any idea on your travel dates for Nashville? There are a lot of summer festivals and such you might want to check out 🙂

  10. Jacqueline Carlisl says: Reply

    These pictures look like they could’ve been taking here in Ontario!

  11. What a fun trip! Zip lining looks like a blast! I have always wanted to go to Nashville! this post is pushing me closer for sure!

  12. Nashville is on my list! It looks so gorgeous!

  13. I love the pictures! This looks like a lot of fun, and I haven’t been to Nashville in years. I’ll need to plan a trip!

  14. These might be on my list the next time I am in Nashville. I never got to truly experience Nashville the last time I went.

  15. Ziplining looks so exciting!

  16. I had no idea there are so many outdoor adventure activities in Nashville. I have always wanted to try stand up paddle boarding so maybe I need to plan a visit.

  17. We love the outdoors and when we go somewhere its what we seek out. Finding a post about it helps the planning since most are focused in the city. Looking forward to trying some of these in a couple weeks! But of course I read your posts about in town as well!

  18. These adventures look awesome, and to have them all in one place is such an advantage! Looks like i’ll need to visit Tennessee very soon

  19. WoW!! thank you for updating me about Nashville!
    I was left tied to the memories of the 70’s but now I have discovered many interesting things you can do when you visit the town.

  20. wow thats amazing, I think you can’t do much more outdoor stuff than in Nashville I would love it!!!! And to be honest, I knew nothing about Nashwill except some country music; seems to be a great place !

  21. I had such a preconceived idea f Nashville before I started reading you blog. It was all guitars and whisky (I’m sure there’s plenty of that too), but I’m loving all the outdoorsy stuff and gorgeous scenery. Great post.

    1. There is definitely no shortage of guitars or whisky 😀

  22. Yeah when I hear Nashville I don’t immediately think of doing outdoor nature activities. It looks like there is a lot of stuff in the area. That would be good for a trip where you want a mix of fun in the city along with outdoor nature stuff.

  23. I want to do all of these adventures. I would to invite my friends and do these things. If not in Nashville, maybe somewhere else. I did not expect that Nashville is more than about music.

  24. So many fun activities to do! Kayaking down the waterfall looks quite extreme, but I bet it’s a lot of fun. I would also love to try paddle board yoga!

  25. It’s so many awesome activities to choose from. I very much want to try stand up paddle boarding. Is it complicated?

    1. It isn’t terribly complicated. It takes a little bit of coordination, but I don’t think the learning curve is too steep.

  26. I didn’t know about ziplining at the Fontanel. Some good ideas for folks in this post.

  27. Awesome, I didn’t know Tennesse had so many amazing adventure options. I love 3 hours from here and totally overlooked this city. I have to plan a trip now. Thanks for the detailed post X 🙂

  28. And to think this is just a three to four flight away! Kind of cool. Thank you for inspiring me to travel a little more within my own country.

  29. Nashville looks like a nice outdoor activity oriented place. nice pictures and in my wishlist

  30. Great article! I’ve been to Nashville several times and didn’t know this stuff existed. Thanks for the info!

  31. Looks wonderful. I visited last year and had no idea how much was available. I will have to go back for adventures!

  32. This is awesome! I plan on coming to Nashville for the solar eclipse in August and I definitely want to do some hikes while I am there!

  33. This looks like a fantastic trip and adds more than the expected travel guide tips to Nashville!

  34. Ooh cool didn’t know Nashville had so much to offer! Looking forward to road-tripping the USA at some point. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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