After receiving this e-mail today…
Are you aware of any sites in the Nashville area where there are public trails where I can take our horses for a trail ride??? Your site is great. Thank you. –Jaime C.
…I realized that there are probably many others who are interested in knowing where the best horse trails in the area are, too.
So, without further ado, here are some of the best resources for horseback riding, riding stalls, and public horse trails in the Franklin/Nashville, Tennessee area.
#1 Natchez Trace horse trails
At milemarker 427.6 on the Natchez Trace (near Franklin, TN) is “Garrison Creek” – a trailhead for horseback riders and hikers. We always see lots of horseback riders parking here and then riding off to enjoy the many miles of horseback riding along the Natchez Trace.
The Parkway’s 87-mile trail system consists of 52 nature, hiking, and horse trails and 4 national scenic trail segments. — National Park Service
There are 250 miles of riding trails on the South end of the park. — State of Tennessee
#2 Percy Warner Park horse trails
This is a deeply forested park that you can drive many miles in your car along the narrow winding road. Along the way, there are many picnic spots, and other pull-offs. We have also seen several horse trails, though we rarely see horses in this park — perhaps they’re deeper in the forest than we can see from the roadway.
Percy Warner Park is home to the only public horse trails in Davidson County. — Nashville Gov.
The bridle paths are shaded and that makes for a relaxing and fun ride. There are three loops, 3.2 miles, 6.9 miles and 8.0 miles. It’s actually one of the best places to ride due to the wild open nature of the wooded settings and the landscape diversity. Huge open fields of grass and hay hedged in by treed forests and winding paths going both up the mountain and down to some water areas. — RV Guide
#3 Nashville/Franklin, TN area riding stables
There are many horse trails and and riding stables to choose from here: