Where to go hiking in Nashville: Great spots to get outdoors this September

Now that fall is just around the corner, you may be thinking about taking a hike. September offers plenty of opportunities, with Public Lands Day hikes at all state parks, plus plenty of other chances to get out and enjoy beautiful Middle Tennessee on foot.

All 56 Tennessee state parks have free, ranger-led hikes or volunteer park and trail cleanup programs on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 28, 2019.

Rugby State Natural Area has a free guided hike starting at 10 a.m. Eastern time from the Historic Rugby Visitor Centre Porch, 1331 Rugby Parkway in Rugby. This is a 3-4 mile, moderate but family-friendly hike. Dogs on a leash are welcome.

At Harpeth River State Park, Ranger Bill Morton will combine a hike through the historic Narrows of the Harpeth with some trail cleanup. “We will pick up trash, trim branches and learn the history of the area along the way,” Morton said.

And if you want an urban hike, head for Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, where you can “immerse yourself in Nashville history and culture” with a hike through downtown.

Walk at your own pace on the Greenway at Butler Field along the Little Harpeth River to witness fall wildflowers in bloom and lots of butterflies. Warner Parks also has brochure-led hikes for the Hungry Hawk Trail and the Nature Loop, too.

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