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Best Hiking And Biking With Dads

Itching to spend more time outside? Why not plan an event for the upcoming Father's Day by inviting fathers, grandfathers, brothers and uncles to go along on one of the many stupendous trails near Brentwood? 

From hiking, biking, running, birding, camping, roller-blading, photographing wildlife or simply enjoying nature, there are many local options. In fact, there are more than a dozen moderate trails in Brentwood, ranging from 1.5 to 6.1 miles long.

Brentwood city representatives began to build bike trails about 25 years ago, but they took on a concerted effort during June 2015 when the Bicycle Pedestrian Ad Hoc Committee was established. There now are at least 20 miles of trails, resulting in much better community connectivity. Brentwood’s growing system of trails and sidewalks, as well as beneficial trail maps and community education, are all the result of those original initiatives. 


Deerwood Arboretum; 320 Deerwood Lane

  • Arboretum and Nature Center with outdoor classroom.
  • Tree identification guide for 69 species.
  • Showcases migratory birds, butterflies, wildlife, bike paths, jogging trails, ponds, wildflower meadow, information kiosks and small amphitheater. 

Flag Pole Park; 1560 Mallory Lane

  • Walking trail.
  • Half-court basketball court.
  • Two multi-purpose sports fields.

Granny White Park; 610 Granny White Pike

  • Walking and exercise trails.
  • Athletic field and tennis courts.
  • Children’s playground.

Margarett Hayes Powell Park; corner of Granny White Pike and Virginia Way

  • One mile paved, multi-use trail and a 0.4 mile-trail in the wooded portion of 22-acre park.

Maryland Farms Greenway Trail; connecting Powell Park to the Maryland Farms YMCA property

  • New, paved greenway trail.

Maryland Way Park; 5055 Maryland Way

  •  7-acre park includes walking/jogging path and 11 exercise stations.

Wikle Park; 7043 Wikle Road West

  • 15-acre neighborhood park with playground, paved walking/jogging paths, play lawns and two gazebos with tables.

Miss Peggy's Bark Park; inside of Tower Park, southwest corner.  

  • Dogs can roam and play in two separately fenced areas; nearby creek as well.

Concord Park; off Concord Road via 40 acres surrounding Brentwood Library and behind Lipscomb Elementary.

  • Bikeways, walking paths, practice fields, open areas for picnics and kite flying.

Crockett Park; 1500 Volunteer Parkway

  • Historical log cabin.
  • Open meadows and nature trail.
  • Paved walking paths and bikeways; rubberized paths yields more safety for toddlers.
  • Community playground for children of all ages.

Marcella Vivrette Smith Park; 1825 Wilson Pike

  • Forested wildlife habitats in natural state and hiking trails for outdoor enthusiasts. 
  • Loop road and bike path on the south side of Ravenswood Mansion.

Owl Creek Park; 9751 Concord Road

  • Walking paths, playground and basketball courts on 21 acres.

Primm Park; off Moores Lane East near Montclair subdivision

  • 31 acre park including historic Boiling Spring Academy (circa 1830) and five mounds from the Mound Builders (circa 1200 A.D.), the last of prehistoric Native Americans to live in this area.
  • Connects, extends and acts as an entrance to the Brentwood Bikeway.
  • Little Harpeth River runs through park.

River Park; 1100 Knox Valley Drive

  • Walking/jogging trail along the Little Harpeth River.
  • Picnic pavilion with two grills.
  • Outdoor basketball court.
  • Children’s playground.

Tower Park; on Heritage Way off of Concord Road

  • 47-acre park with walking and biking trails.
  • Multi-purpose fields.
  • Miss Peggy's Dog Park.
  • Natural open spaces.


Radnor Lake State Park; 1160 Otter Creek Road, 37220

  • 1,368 acres nature preserve just outside Nashville.
  • Five miles of unpaved trails wander through the woods surrounding the lake. 

Percy Warner Park/Mossy Ridge Trail; 50 Vaughn Road, 37221

  • Loop includes some steep, gradual inclines.
  • Rocky sections so proper footwear needed.
  • Plenty of shade and is kid friendly.
  • Features a river and wild flowers.
  • Dogs allowed on leashes.

Edwin Warner Park; 50 Vaughn Road, 37221

  • Edwin and Percy Warner Parks, collectively known as “The Warner Parks,” are managed by the Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation Department; together span more than 3,100 acres of forest and fields, 9 miles from downtown Nashville.
  • Nature Center, picnic shelters, dog park, scenic roadways and overlooks, hiking trails, mountain bike trails, equestrian center and horse trails, cross-country running courses, golf courses and athletic fields. 

Long Hunter State Park; 2910 Hobson Pike, 37076

  • Pets not permitted on Bryant Grove, Couchville Lake and Nature Loop Trails.

Hamilton Creek Mountain Bike Park; 2901 Bell Road, 37217

  • Only official mountain bike park in Davidson County.
  • 11 miles of single-track, with two loops of varying difficulty, including creek beds, narrow passages, multiple rock drops, log crossings and steep downhill sections.
  • System can be used in either a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction.
  • Trails are specifically designated for bikes only, so hiking and pets are not allowed.
  • Small beach used for families and paddle boarding.
  • Photo by David Kumatz
  • Photo by David Kumatz
  • Photo by David Kumatz
  • Photo by David Kumatz