Riverfront Park sits in the heart of Nashville's downtown, flanking the west bank of the Cumberland River and providing a scenic view at the end of Lower Broadway. This public park offers great views out over the Cumberland River to the Nissan Stadium on the East Bank; at the southern end of the Riverfront Park you can run the pedestrian bridge across the river into East Nashville. The multiple bridges, the green space of the park itself, and the bright lights of the live-music strip on Lower Broadway against Nashville's iconic skyline make the park a great place to start or end a city-center run.
What Makes It Great
Riverfront Park is in a great location, and it's energized by the pedestrian traffic and live music activity of the area around First Avenue and Broadway. Running north from the pedestrian bridge through Riverfront Park, you pass music venues and buildings that are mainstays of Nashville's downtown scene; examples include Acme Feed and Seed, and the Hard Rock Cafe on the corner of Broadway and First Avenue. Running north with the river to your right side, you can reach the iconic Art Deco courthouse at Public Square. From the riverfront you can launch into a downtown running loop heading uphill -- and west -- on Broadway, Church or Deaderick streets, cut north or south on one of the avenues, and then head east back to the Riverfront Park.
Who is Going to Love It
Runners who want to take in the Cumberland River from multiple vantage points will enjoy running through Riverfront Park. Those with a penchant for Nashville's downtown energy and the skyline and bridges familiar from television shows about the city will get a kick from running through this scenery.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Riverfront Park is busy and it can be difficult to find parking at busy times. Along First Avenue there are multiple paid parking lots. You can take the Music City Star train directly to Riverfront Station and the park, from stations in Lebanon, Hermitage, Mount Juliet and Donelson. Many of Nashville's MTA buses also drop off and pick up passengers at the Riverfront Station. There is plenty of parking for bikes.