MetroCenter Levee Trail on the Cumberland River Greenway

May 8, 2013 in Tennessee Hiking Trails by amylaree

MetroCenter Levee Trailhead

MetroCenter Levee Trailhead

Nashville has made great strides in the last several years to strengthen the greenway system throughout the city. We’ve already reviewed several of the greenways (Shelby Bottoms, Stones River, Mill Creek, Bells Bend) so last fall (I know, I know this post is LONG overdue) we headed out to check out the MetroCenter Levee trail on the Cumberland River Greenway.

  1. Scenery:  2.0
  2. Difficulty:  0
  3. Length:  3.0 miles
  4. Dog Friendly Factor: 4.5
  5. Convenience:  5
  6. Bonus Funtimes: 0

Scenery (2.0 out of 5.0): If you’re familiar with MetroCenter, you know it’s a pretty flat space topped with a whole lot of office buildings (and the Titans’ training facility), so I was pleasantly surprised by how relatively scenic this trail was. The Cumberland River and the bluffs overlooking it are the main attractions. There were a few nice views, but the steady stream of office buildings and storage facilities killed a lot of the “get out in nature” vibe.

Great sunset on the MetroCenter Greenway

Great sunset on the MetroCenter Greenway

Difficulty (0 out of 5.0): This trial is flat and paved and super easy. This is a there-and-back trail, so unless you’re immensely talented you won’t get lost. It’s easily accessible for walkers as well as cyclists or would also be a good alternative for anyone with disabilities who may not be able to get out and about on other trails.

Length: 3.0 Miles

Dog Friendly Factor (4.5 out of 5.0): This was another easy trail for the dogs. The only thing it’s missing is a good watering hole for them to take a long drink, but overall this is a short enough trail that it shouldn’t matter too much.

Convenience (5.0 out of 5.0): This trail starts just north of downtown next and is easily accessible.

Bonus Funtimes (0 out of 5.0): Aside from the perk that this trail is almost smack dab in the middle of Nashville (where there’s tons to do), there’s not a lot of extra fun stuff on this trail. However, the immense convenience of it does make for a nice spot to get some fresh air and enjoy views of the Cumberland River.