Best Nashville Hikes

I moved from Florida to Nashville about 6 years ago. The first thing I was looking forward to was actually hiking something taller than a landfill. I have come to love the hikes in and around the Nashville areas, but it has taken some time to really discover some of my favorites without having to go out east to the Cumberland plateau or Smoky Mountains (lots of great day trips and waterfall hikes out there). So here is my curated list of my favorite hikes in Nashville and the surrounding areas. All of these should be less than a one hour drive from wherever you are and are not paved unless otherwise stated. Enjoy the list and hopefully you will get some new ideas to get outside!

How to Get into Hiking

I love hiking. I love getting outside, connecting with nature, breathing in the fresh air and getting my heart rate up on a beautiful hike. I love the mental challenge of hiking to the top of a mountain and being rewarded with breathtaking views. Hiking can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be challenging. However, after a long (or short) day of a successful hike, you will find yourself in an elevated mood, ready to take on the world and you will never regret getting into hiking. So let’s get you INTO Hiking and out onto the trails with some gear suggestions, day bag essentials, basic hiking etiquette and nature skills.

Top 12 Nashville Day Trips

I love Nashville, but once in a while it’s nice to get out of the hustle and bustle, or really just get away from the crowds and escape the insta-worthy murals for a minute. I have provided my Nashville folks and travelers twelve of my favorite day trips, all within about a 2 hour drive of Nashville and particularly great for outdoor activities, like hiking.

How to Start a Campfire

We’ve all been there, you get to your campsite, you set up your tent, then you start your fire and you realize you have no idea what you are doing. It is crucial we learn how to get a campfire to burn on its own in order to soak up every moment of eating delicious S’mores. Let’s walk through your campfire essentials and how to get your fire crackling.