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Useful Guides

Middle Tennessee on Foot: Hikes in the Woods & Walks on Country Roads (John F. Blair Publishers, 1998 ), by Robert Brandt.

A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to the Streams of Tennessee, by Bob Sehlinger and Bob Lantz (Houghton Mifflin, 1979).

Wildflowers of the Central South, by Thomas E. Hemmerly (Vanderbilt Univ. Press, 1990).

Peterson Field Guide Wildflowers: Northeastern/North Central North America (Houghton Mifflin, 1968).



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Nashville Parks




One of the most attractive aspects of middle Tennessee is the natural beauty of the area. Within minutes of leaving downtown Nashville, you can find hiking trails that will remind you of those of the Great Smoky National Park. You can rent a canoe and paddle a gently moving stream, that will, on occasion, give you a "rush" as it speeds and falls over class 1 rapids. You can watch birds, look for wildflowers, walk your dog, jog, cycle, and barely rub elbows with a soul in the process. Few cities in America have as lovely a park system, located so near its metropolitan area, as Nashville. Explore one of these parks, or start closer to civilization with a visit to the Nashville Farmer's Market. Each spring, you can read weekly updates and see photographs of emerging spring wildflowers at the Guide to Tennessee Wildflowers.


Full Moon Pickin' Party Sept. 8, 2006: Held at Warner Parks Equestrian Center. Outdoor live concert of spirited bluegrass music under a big moon. How can you resist? Concerts benefit Warner Parks (one of Nashville's jewels). Call 615-370-8053 for more information and ticket reservations. This is the last full moon party of the summer.

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Outdoor Links
Warner Parks: hikes, star-gazing parties, hands-on events for children, and a beautiful new Nature Center. Find out what's happening at the Friends of Warner Parks web site.

Radnor Lake

Tennessee State Parks

Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association

American Whitewater Tennessee: national river data bank shows river gauges

Tennessee Wildflowers: Hikes and Photo Gallery

Nashville Cyclist: extensive resource for cycling in the Nashville area. Road routes, races, coaching tips, trails, bike shops.

Nashville Fossils (field trips & identification guides). Fascinating information about the prehistory of Middle Tennessee and the types of fossils found here: "During the Cenozoic Era, sediment was eroded from the hills and deposited in the river valleys. For this reason, Cenozoic fossils are sometimes found in Nashville's river valleys. A saber-tooth cat was found by the Cumberland, and mammoth bones were found by the Harpeth."

Nashville Striders:
Running club with all sorts of activities--weekly runs, training exercises, races, social events. Online forum and suggestions for running routes. See race results and times for age groups.

Tennessee Trails Association: comprehensive calendar of hikes across the state. Newsletter archives, membership meetings, & links to local chapters.

Tennessee Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds

Climb Nashville; rock climbing facility

The Walls of Jericho (Nature Conservancy site)

Walls of Jericho (TN State Natural Area site)

Savage Gulf

Percy Priest Yacht Club


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