Bells Bend Park

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One of the city's lesser-known parks offers worth-knowing amenities.

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Margaret Littman

Destination Distance From Downtown

7.6 miles


1 of 5 diamonds


Time To Complete

As long (or as short) as you want



Dog Friendly


Fees Permits



Bells Bend Park, which is comprised of 808 acres in the Northwest part of the city, is the main trailhead for six miles of hiking trails, not to mention demonstration gardens and other educational activities. The park is named for the bend in the Cumberland River that hugs this area, meaning you’ll see lots of river wildlife and pretty views of the Cumberland on your hike. Included among the trails here are a gently sloping mowed farm road, that is wider and more open than many local hiking and running trails. That means there’s not a lot of shade during the hot summer months.

Bell’s Bend didn’t become a city park until 2007. And while there are a number of concerts and other events here, it is still one of the city’s lesser-known parks, and as a result is less crowded than Radnor Lake or Edwin Warner.

In October 2014, the city's third mountain bike trail (built by volunteers) opened to the public. Unlike other mountain bike trails in town, this one is geared toward beginners.

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Bells Bend Park

4187 Old Hickory Blvd.
Nashville, TN, 37218
36.154711, -86.920387

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