Stones River Greenway

Tennessee

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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
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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

stones river greenway

March 2020

Fantastic

My Favorite In The Area

February 2020

This is a great trail. I usually park at the dam and then go as long and as far as I want. You can connect to Shelby Bottoms and make for a pretty long walk/run/bike. I've also continued out of Shelby Park and gone all the way down to Nissan stadium as the road has a bike/pedestrian lane.
There are some hills, a few that are particularly steep, which makes for some strenuous, but not too challenging parts.

Nice trail, but somewhat hilly

October 2019

Started from the Two Rivers Parkway Trailhead (at the skatepark) and rode to the dam, about 8 miles away. There are a couple of steep hills for you to practice/hone your hill climbing technique. The various bridges that the trail crosses have fairly smooth transitions. Route signs are adequate, but a few more would be helpful.
Although paved, there are some areas where the asphalt has cracks/puckers from tree roots. Much of the trail is shaded by overhanging trees, which keep things cool during the day; but also a bit too cool as the sun goes down.
Overall, its a good trail.

Beautiful Ride

September 2019

Really enjoyed the variety of scenery along this ride.

Accordion

Hills!

September 2019

Awesome path especially if you love hills. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because it could stand to have restrooms and water more often. There it one at the beginning, one at 3 miles if you want to count Kohl's, and a nasty port-o-potty at Two Rivers around mile 8(?). After that there is a restroom at Shelby Bottoms a few more miles away.

Stones River Greenway is one of the best bike trails in Tennessee

November 2017

I have been riding this paved trail once or twice a year for the past 15 years. It is generally flat to gently rolling but has a couple of short but hard hills that you may opt to walk your bike up. The Stones River Greenway starts at Percy Priest Dam. This river has a rich history including an unsuccessful land grab plot by Aaron Burr and earlier an indian massacre. It is a beautiful ride along the river and a wonderful bike bridge across the Cumberland River. If you get to the bridge at the right time, stop, you will see the largest Riverboat in the country, the 300 ft General Jackson, glide beneath the bike bridge. On the days when it is running in November and December, the boat should be there around 12:20 p.m. and 1:40 p.m. The bridge takes you to a large marshy area called Metcalf Bottoms which is very flat but there are many paved trails and a bike path that can take you all the way to downtown Nashville and beyond for a few miles. My wife and I usually eat some crab at Joes Crab Shack in downtown Nashville. It isn't a fancy restaurant but the crab is very good and so is the service! the Crab Shack even let us bring a bike inside.

Great place to get outdoors

September 2017

Today I parked at the Stewart's Ferry Trailhead to take our dog out on a run. Plenty of parking, good facilities and a wonderful place to run or walk!

The best Greenway trail in Nashville

August 2017

Stones River Greenway is dare I say a magical place. It's a place where lives are changed and comradery is exercised. There are so many stunning nature scenes and views. The beautiful stones river by your side as you walk, jog, run or bike. Wooden Posts every .25 miles to show you your progress. You can start at a number of very cool Trailheads. Percy Priest Dam, YMCA, Kohls, McGavock Waterplant/Soccer Fields, Two Rivers Park, etc. This site says the trail is 9 miles one way - but I'd beg to differ on that. I'd say more like 11.5 miles from the Percy Priest Dam to Shelby Bottoms park. It's 8 miles just to the top lookout site after the bridge over the Cumberland. Then another 3.5 to Shelby Bottoms.
I'd like to personally thank all the people that planned and constructed the Stones River Greenway. It has literally changed my life as well as my family and friends. I've gained a lot of great acquaintances as well. I'm down 45 pounds too!

TN 2 Step, 1st Move

August 2016

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.

August 2016

NO BATHROOMS

July 2015

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.

Beautiful and Challenging

May 2015

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.

Nice trail in the eastern Nashville area.

February 2015

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.

A very well done trail

March 2011

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!

Thigh-burner

July 2010

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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