As we all fight holiday sluggishness, here are a few favorite places to go get outside and get down with nature in Nashville. (Model Kristin Pace.)
1) Radnor Lake
You'll see turkeys, deer, cranes and a whole host of other wildlife at this large nature preserve. With a paved walkway around the lake and ridgetop trails, you'll find plenty to explore.
2) Percy Warner Park
Percy Warner offers both tough hills, stairs and easy paved roads... a little something for everyone! It's easy to get lost, so check out a trail map before you go.
If you're up for a bit of a drive, Sewanee has the most breathtaking trails. The rocky cliffs are treacherous, so it's definitely for the adventure-seeker.
4) Shelby Bottoms
A highly-accessible spot in town for many of us, Shelby Bottoms has all the best of nature just minutes from downtown. Pack a lunch and just enjoy a quick walk on your work break.
5) Natchez Trace Parkway
With breathtaking views from the top of a huge bridge and perfect foliage, the Natchez Trace Parkway has everything you could want in a quick hike. For those tired of walking, horseback riding is also available.