Nashville Parks

View of Cumberland Park in Nashville, TN from the Shelby Street BridgeThe Hollow, a playspace in Cumberland Park in Nashville, TNThe Tennessee Crab Orchard stone climbing wall in Cumberland Park in Nashville, TN

Cumberland Park

If you are looking for something to do in Nashville you might want to take a look at one of Nashville's newest attractions. Cumberland Park is located along the east side of the Cumberland River between the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge and the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge within view of the Nashville skyline. The park covers 6.5 acres bordered by 900 feet of the Cumberland River. It is a unique play space for children and a riverside spot to enjoy a sack lunch or just to sit and watch the river flow. It can be accessed from downtown by the Shelby Street Bridge and down the elevator or stairs near the renovated Bridge Building. There is an entrance and parking located close to the park off the streets which surround LP Field.

Some of the unique features of Cumberland Park are The Hollow, The Gorge, The Scoops, The Explorer Trail, The Canopy and Lawn and The Esplanade. The Hollow is a one-of-a-kind play area for children and adults. The undulating landscape is covered with natural and artificial grass and incorporates a sand box, a green maze, a tandem see-saw and a bouncing pad. Also included in The Hollow are the water features comprising of the rainbow area, rain curtains and water spouting splash pad. The Gorge is a stone climbing wall made of Tennessee Crab Orchard sandstone embedded with fossils.View of stepping stones at Cumberland Park in Nashville, TNView of The Canopy and Lawn at Cumberland Park in Nashville, TN Nearby are climbing ropes, sliding poles and a multi person embankment slide made of Corian designed to stay cool in the summer heat. The Scoops is a cooling off pathway of stepping stones. Step on the pressure activated buttons to start a cooling mist rising from the ground. The Explorer Trail, made of crushed stone, weaves through butterfly attracting plants and meadows. The Canopy and Lawn is the only space available that can be reserved. It is an outdoor covered amphitheater and a lawn capable of accommodating up to 1200 vistiors. The Esplanade is a riverside walkway overlooking the Cumberland River where restored riparian plantings and a rain-harvesting cistern containing floating plants can be observed.

Cumberland Park was built to be eco-friendly. The cistern, viewed from The Esplanade, is part of the water-harvesting system. It collects water runoff from the park, the water features and parking lots. The 100,000 gallon tank collects, treats and returns water to the park for the irrigation of the plants and trees. The Bridge Building contains many sustainable features. A monitor inside shows an overview of the Building Automation System reflecting the energy and water used. The Building's construction included light colored roof materials to reduce cooling costs, solar water heating for the restroom lavatories, high performance operable windows allowing natural ventilation during ideal conditions, rainwater collection from rooftops and permeable terrace surfaces which is stored and filterd before reuse in the park, low water demand toilets flushed with filtered rainwater and a geothermal heat pump system comprising of 25 wells dug 500 feet deep to heat and cool the building.

Nashville's Cumberland Park is fun for kids or adults and an education for anyone interested in eco-friendly renewable resources and how they can be incorporated into a public space. Its uniqueness beckons the Nashville citizen and visitor. If you only have a few minutes or can spend a couple of hours here it is a worthy destination when looking for something to do in Nashville.

Cumberland Park

592 South 1st Street   Nashville, TN  37213

615.862.8508

Cumberland Park Info

Hours: Dawn until 11:00 p.m.

Sprayground Hours: Spring until September Monday - Friday 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Hours and days open may be affected by events at LP Field.

Sign of trail directions in Edwin Warner Park

Edwin Warner Park

The Park is located on the southwest corner of Old Hickory Boulevard and Highway 100 about 10 miles southwest of downtown Nashville. Edwin Warner Park is closed to motorized vehicles beyond the parking areas. The trails and paved roads throughout the 625 acres provide many miles of opportunity for the walker, hiker, biker and jogger. Two trailheads are near the parking areas on Highway 100 and another in the Little Harpeth River Picnic Area off Vaughn Road. Daytrips to Nashville, with the Park your destination, will be rewarded by visiting this natural habitat. The trails will guide the visitor through a rich habitat home to wildlife, reptiles and an abundant species of trees and wildflowers. Some of the points of interest are the Nature Center, a birdblind, a small quarry, an outdoor amphitheater and Sharp View Observation Platform. Maps of some of the trails can be viewed on this page - Edwin Warner Trails.

Edwin Warner Park

50 Vaughn Road   Nashville, TN  37221

615.370.8051

Edwin Warner Park Website

Hours: Open sunrise until 11:00 p.m.

Stone entrance gate of Fort NegleyFort Negley commemorative marker of Andrew Johnson

Fort Negley

Fort Negley, designed by Captain James St. Clair Morton and named for Union Post Commander Brigadier General James S. Negley, represents the effects of war and sudden occupation, the heartbreak of the Battle of Nashville and the legacy of the Depression-era WPA. As the largest inland stone fortification built during the Civil War it stood as the centerpiece of Union occupied Nashville. Fort Negley covers four acres and measures 600 feet long by 300 feet wide.

Fort Negley was never directly attacked during the Civil War though its artillery operated by the 12th Indiana Light Artillery aided in driving off General Hood's Confederate troops during the battle of Nashville, December 15 and 16 of 1864. The artillery was upgraded in 1864 to include a 30-pound Parrot Gun.

View of Peach Orchard Hill through sighting rings in Fort Negley Park

Interpretive panels explaining multiple aspects of Fort Negley and commemorative plaques are installed throughout the park to enjoy during the self guided walking tour.

The Fort Negley Visitors Center includes artifacts, information and features films on Fort Negley and the surrender of Nashville. Interactive touch screen displays highlight information of occupied Nashville and Fort Negley. In the Center there is access to the “Civil War Soldier and Sailor System”. Through this database you can search for relatives possibly having served in the Union or Confederate Armies.

Fort Negley

1100 Fort Negley Boulevard   Nashville, TN  37203

615.862.8470

Fort Negley Info

Summer Hours: June - August : Tuesday - Thursday 12:00Noon - 4:00 p.m. and Friday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Winter Hours: September - May : Tuesday - Friday 12:00 Noon - 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Fort Negley Park is open daily from dawn to dusk for self guided walking tours.

Entrance to Percy Warner Park from Belle Meade Boulevard

Percy Warner Park

In 1927 Colonel Luke Lea and his wife generously deeded 868 acres to Nashville Parks. Later that year the Park Board chairman, Percy Warner, unexpectedly died. A visionary, outdoorsman and nature lover, Mr. Warner is remembered by having the Park named for him. Luke Lea is honored by having one of the highest points in the Park bear his name, Luke Lea Heights, also known as Lea's Summit. By continued acquisitions and development, led in the early years by Edwin Warner, the Park has grown to 2058 acres of natural splendor.

Wildflower photographed in Warner Parks

There are many opportunities in the Park for the visitor to enjoy. Should you be planning a daytrip to Nashville time spent in Percy Warner will be rewarding. The Park is mostly covered with a deciduous forest dominated by oak, hickory, beech and maple. The remainder of the over 100 species of trees will include tulip poplar, walnut, persimmon, dogwood, black cherry, sassafras, pawpaw and more. Scattered throughout this natural habitat are hundreds of species of wildflowers and fungi. Spring and fall are prime times for finding wildflowers at their best. Don't be surprised if you see one of the many species of mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

Percy Warner Park is a forested escape for the city dweller. It is a place to relax, renew and recreate. For hiking, walking, jogging, strolling, biking, horseback riding or sitting quietly these woods are disected with trails, bridle paths and paved surfaces. Around each bend and change of season a different view, a new experience or chance to appreciate the natural world exists. Maps of some of the trails can be viewed on this page - Percy Warner Trails.

Percy Warner Park

2500 Old Hickory Boulevard   Nashville, TN  37221

Percy Warner Park Website

Hours: Open sunrise until 11:00 p.m.

Warner Park Nature Center

Warner Park Nature Center

The Warner Park Nature Center houses a natural history museum, space for environmental education programs, a collection of natural history books and is the place for starting to explore the 2684 acres of Edwin and Percy Warner Park. It is the mission of the Nature Center to provide environmental education through classroom programs and by responsible recreation. Child's size log cabin in the Nature Play Area at Warner Park Nature CenterThe Center is a destination for school and personal field trips and offers outdoor recreation programs and activities for all ages. On the grounds surrounding the Center you will find the organic garden, greenhouse, wildflower garden, cedar shadehouse, Frist teaching pond, Nature Play Area and landscaping of native plants. It is the main trailhead for 12 miles of hiking trails that meander through both Parks.

Coyote preserved by taxidermist on display at Warner Park Nature Center

There are special programs for all ages scheduled each week. These may include special hikes, cart tours along the old roadway, seasonal bird watching, mammal studies, painting and drawing workshops, volunteer days for trail maintenance, wildflower and mushroom viewing, full moon parties with music and food, geology hikes to the quarry, tree studies, migratory bird hikes, star gazing, storytimes and yes more. Some of the activities may require registration or space may be limited so it is best to check with the Nature Center for the details. A public program schedule is posted on the Nature Center's website, look for the public schedule pdf in the Our Public Programs section or call 615.352.6299. Finding something to do in Nashville is not hard to do thanks to Warner Parks.

Warner Park Nature Center

Located in Edwin Warner Park

7311 Highway 100   Nashville, TN  37221

615.352.6299

Warner Park Nature Center Website

Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., closed Sunday, Monday and all major holidays

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