From its very beginnings, Nashville grew from a foundation built on music and earned its nickname as the Music City. It is located on the Cumberland River in the north-central part of Tennessee. The city is a center for the music, healthcare, publishing, banking and transportation industries, and is home to numerous colleges and universities. This is a guide to the best places to run in Nashville, Tennessee.
Running highlights include almost 80 miles of greenway trails along the Cumberland River and connecting city parks. There are lots of efforts to expand the greenway system in this fast-growing city. There are also some lovely parks such as Centennial Park and some ‘sightrunning’, such as our tour of Music Row. A big thank you to Fleet Feet Nashville for their help with this guide!
Some of our favorite Nashville runs are accessible from downtown, but anything outside the city center generally requires a car as the transportation system is not extensive. There is a good bus and trolley system but no rail or metro. The airport is only 15–20 minutes from downtown.