Whether you live in Nashville or you’re spending a week or two here on vacation, you’ll find so much to see both within city limits and throughout the region. When you’re in the mood for a day trip, these are some of the most interesting and fun destinations within a short drive of the Music City.
Long Hunter State Park in Murfreesboro
Just 35 minutes from Nashville, you’ll find serenity and natural beauty at this 2,600-acre state park. Visitors can enjoy more than 20 miles of hiking trails at a variety of difficulty levels and terrain. We recommend the Volunteer Trail along J. Percy Priest Lake and the self-guided arboretum tour, which features a paved trail. You’ll also find two boat launch ramps for fishing and canoeing, group campsites, and even backcountry wilderness camping.
Dunbar Cave State Park in Clarksville
Explore the prehistoric history of Tennessee at this fascinating site, which was used by Native Americans all the way back to the 14th century. Between May and September, you can take cave tours and see ancient Mississippian charcoal drawings. The park also features three miles of hiking trails, a visitor’s center, wildlife watching in the wetland and prairie areas, and a 1933 bathhouse hosting a museum and gift shop. Dunbar Cave is less than an hour’s drive from Nashville.
SOAR Adventure Tower in Franklin
If you have children and teens in your group, they’ll love this thrilling theme park less than a half-hour from Nashville. SOAR boasts 110 different climbing obstacles on four different levels for both kids and adults as well as 18 holes of miniature golf and a full bar.
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