Stones River Greenway

Tennessee

Stones River Greenway Facts

States: Tennessee
Counties: Davidson
Length: 9.8 miles
Trail end points: Stewarts Ferry Park (Nashville Shores) and Shelby Bottoms (J. Percy Priest Dam)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6438733
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Stones River Greenway Description

Stones River Greenway is one of many forming Nashville's system of greenways throughout the city. Nashville's greenways link neighborhoods, schools, shopping areas, the downtown area, offices, recreation areas, open spaces and other points of interest.

The Stones River Greenway is a multi-use trail that runs from the Cumberland River to the J. Percy Priest Reservoir at Nashville Shores. Much of the trail runs parallel to Stones River and provides access to a number of communities and parks along the way, including the skate park at Two Rivers Park. The Stones River Greenway also connects to the Shelby Bottoms Greenway at the Cumberland River by the dam.

Parking and Trail Access

You can access the greenway at the following places:

  • J. Percy Priest Dam, 3734 Bell Road
  • Heartland Park trailhead, 3135 Heartland Drive
  • YMCA trailhead, 3001 Lebanon Road
  • Two Rivers Park, Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge, 3114 McGavock Pike


Stones River Greenway Reviews

I came in on the backside of a storm to tackle the Stones River (SR) Greenway. I parked at the Percy Priest Dam trailhead and immediately started going downhill under I-40 along the SR. To explore the entire trail, I took the first spur to the left which led through a nice wooded area to dog-leg right under a stone railroad tussle. This section of the trial has multiple forks: Stewarts Ferry Pike, Clover Bottom Mansion and the YMCA Trailhead. Please review your map prior because you may become easily disoriented. At a point along the trail you can avoid a steep up-and-down by taking the marked handicap by-pass. Upon returning to the SRG (ride under the RR bridge on your return) you will continue downhill to a gorgeous boardwalk at/above the river’s edge. Next, you will arrive at the Kohl’s trailhead and cross the SR on a bike/walk dedicated steel truss bridge. You will love the following scenic section by riding the wide closed roadway by the beautiful Stone Hall mansion, a rustic log cabin, the SR and the defunct Ravenwood CC. While down-hilling you will get your first glance at the Cumberland River and cross the SR near their confluence. Up, up and up the very, very steep hill to ride under McGavock Pike/Two Rivers Park. The greenway takes you away from the majestic Two River Mansion but it is worth the ride through the park to visit. The capstone of the SRG is the Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge. I was fortunate enough to see a towboat with barges rounding the bend and going under the bridge toward Nashville, stop and enjoy! Per other reviews; there are a few stops with porta-potties (they are constructing a nice facility at the dam), no good access to water/drinks, no emergency repair stations and a few steeper than normal trail grades. Overall the trail has a few minor challenges but it rewards you with an awesomeness! I continued the day’s ride to the Shelby Bottoms Greenway via the bridge.

The trail is nice but be aware for 9 miles there is only but a few of the nasty port-a-potty. No real bathrooms - not even at trail inside the park. There is no water stations. Often when parking on the Lebanon Road entry we see busted glass (probably from car windows). It would be so nice if real bathrooms with sinks and water were put about every 3-4 miles and the parking areas lit up.

Accordion

This trail is absolutely gorgeous! The steep inclines make it a bit challenging for a beginner but nothing you can't push your way up. We start at the YMCA Trailhead and rode down the river to where it spits you out at Kohls. Def recommend this trail.

I was visiting Middle Tennessee last spring and had a chance to ride my bike on this trail. Really nice trail that is usually next to the Stones River or Cumberland River but sometimes leads away into the surrounding hilly terrain. There are a few side trails, a small number of short steep climbs, board walk sections, wooded sections, park sections, some bridges and very little street crossings. I started at Percy Priest Dam trailhead and rode the entire trail then continued across the awesome pedistrian bridge over the Cumberland River to pick up the Shelby Bottoms Greenway. I think the whole system is called Music City Bike Way? It can get crowded in sections on a nice day. Definitely recommended.

This trail offers many different options based on your choice of running, biking, hiking or walking. The trail is newly paved and very wide in spots, yet provides a scenic experience. There are many hills that can create challenges to maximize your training. The community has invested a lot of thought and money to make this greenway a wonderful trail. Extremely well done!

This 9mi trail follows the Stones River from Percy Priest dam to the Cumberland river, where it connects to the Shelby Bottoms trail. The scenery is nice, but the trail is an up-and-down one that will give your thighs a good workout. Park at the 3 rivers water park at one end, Kohls on Lebanon Pike in the middle, and the dam at the other end. Maps are available at nashville.gov/greenways.

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