Shelby Bottoms Nature Center & Greenway

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Key Info

1900 Shelby Bottoms Greenway

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Free, Parks and Gardens, Hiking, Recreation Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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Located on an expansive stretch of the Cumberland River about 5 miles east of downtown Nashville, the Shelby Bottoms Nature Center & Greenway is a sprawling green space where visitors can learn about the local landscape and take advantage of outdoor recreation opportunities. When you visit, start at the nature center, where you can view cultural history exhibits and artwork. You can also rent a bicycle to explore or participate in an environmental education program and learn about things to do in the greenway. When you're ready to get outside, the 950-acre Shelby Bottoms Greenway has more than 10 miles of paved and unpaved pathways (perfect for strolling and biking) that pass through wetlands, streams, forests and fields. Recent visitors said the atmosphere is relaxing and quiet and the trail system is easy-to-follow and clean. 

The entire area is free to access, with the Greenway open from dawn to dusk daily. The Shelby Bottoms Nature Center is open Tuesday through Sunday from either 9 a.m. or noon until 4 p.m. (check this website for official hours and additional information). You can get within walking distance of the park using the MTA bus route 4, or you can drive your car and park at a trailhead lot. The best time to visit the Shelby Bottoms Nature Center & Greenway is the fall, when the weather has cooled off and the foliage is gorgeous. 

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