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June 21, 2024

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Fun Bike Trails for Young Riders

Teach your kids to bicycle safely at one of these family-friendly paved trails.

With summer coming on, it’s a great time to head out to bike trails for young riders with your kids. Inexperienced bikers need easy and safe places to ride and fortunately there are several areas you can go. When you ride, make sure everybody has a bike in good condition and a safety helmet on their noggin’. Here are several friendly places to bike with your children without being bothered by cars and more experienced (i.e. intimidating cyclists) riders.

Fun Bike Trails for Young Riders

Five paved trails we love with kids:

DAVIDSON COUNTY

Davidson County Greenways

Greenways are for pedestrian or bicycle passage. Search here to find a trail you may want to explore.

Cornelia Fort Airpark

The old airport in Shelby Park, has a runway that make a great place to ride with your family. Park at Cornelia Fort Airpark parking lot on Shadow Lane.

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Harpeth River

Park and begin the ride at the Harpeth River Greenway trailhead off Old Harding Pike.

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Metro Center Greenway

Park at the greenway trailhead on Freeland Station Road.

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Peeler Park Greenway

Park at thePeeler Park Greenway Trailhead at the end of Neelys Bend Road.

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White’s Creek Greenway

Park at Hartman Park off of Tucker Road.

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RUTHERFORD COUNTY

 

Murfreesboro Greenway System

Greenways are for pedestrian or bicycle passage. Search here to find a trail you may want to explore.

 

Two paved trails we love with kids:

Murfreesboro Greenway

This is a great trail for beginners to learn to brake and shift. There are several trailheads with parking lots: Thompson Lane, Broad Street, General Bragg, Redoubt Brannon, Manson Pike, Fortress Rosecrans and Cannonsburgh.

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Stones River Battlefield

Lots of families come here to ride the paved road together. The park allows all bikes on all paved trails and roads, however bicycles are not allowed on unpaved trails or in the National Cemetary. The park is connected to a greenway allowing you to visit different units of the battlefield by bike. Park at the Visitor Center located at 3501 Old Nashville Highway.

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY

 

Franklin Greenways & Trails

Greenways are for pedestrian or bicycle passage. Search here to find a trail you may want to explore.

Two paved trails we love with kids:

Bowie Park & Nature Center

The path is flat for the most park — this is for mountain biking, mind you.

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Brentwood Trail System

Brentwood’s trail system winds past the Brentwood Library, the YMCA, and recreational fields making it a favorite for bike riders or all abilities.

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Susan Swindell Day

Susan Day is the editor in chief for this award-winning publication and all-things Nashville Parent digital creative. She's also an Equity actress, screenwriter and a mom of four amazing kids.