The Top 3 Places To Ride A Bicycle In Sumner & Davidson Counties, Nashville TN
I first moved to the Nashville area seven years ago. Being an avid bicyclist I expected to find great places to ride immediately and was quite dissapointed when I didn't. I now realize part of that dissapointment wasn't a lack of places, but rather, a lack of information. Googling doesn't turn up a decent list so you need a lot of time and luck to discover your own trails to ride on. I hope to save you that difficulty with this article.
This list is not for those who prefer rugged trail mountain biking. This is for riders who enjoy getting out on a paved or crushed gravel trail where getting hit by a car or truck isn't a concern, and riding at a slower pace than absolute flat out full speed as all three trails have reasonable speed limits. The trails mentioned will be within a fourty-five minute drive if you live in Nashville, Hendersonville, White House, Gallatin, Goodlettsville, Madison and many of the smaller surrounding communities.
1. Shelby Bottoms Trail/Stone River Greenway. These two trails have now been linked and the result is 14 miles of biking heaven. Beautiful scenery, spectacular bridges and more! Take Interstate 65, exit on Shelby and travel east. You'll run right into the park. At the bottom of the entrance road you'll see a railroad bridge. Wind your way to it. The trailhead and parking are near the bridge. The trail surfaces are primarily asphalt, gravel and sand.
2. White House Greenway Is an awesome little 3.5 mile trail featuring gorgeous scenery and some wonderful little bridges. It has a fairly steep hill at each end. By going the full 3.5 miles and doubling back you get 7.0 miles of enjoyment. You can also extend your ride by continuing into the adjoining White House Municipal Park, stopping to enjoy some ice cream at the Sonic to the right of the trail just prior. One trailhead is located on US Highway 3, two trailheads are located on US Highway 31W and the fourth is at White House High School at Meadows Road/Tyree Springs Road. You can't miss them.
3. Ashland City Bicentennial Greenway An 8 mile rails-to-trails conversion featuring water on one side and hills/bluffs on the other. Double back to make it 16 miles. It has bridges and plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities, very pretty. I-40 West to Exit 204 .Turn right onto Briley Parkway. Take Exit 24 to Ashland City. I-24 West to Exit 24 (Hwy 49). Turn left onto Hwy 49 to Ashland City.
If you need a place to ride your bike and don't mind sharing space with deer, turkey, squirrels, walkers, hikers and the occasional rollerblader, give any of these three trails a try, you will not be disappointed!