Book Review: Natural Nashville

Book Review: Natural Nashville

Summer entails outdoor adventures, traveling to new places and trying new activities, but we can’t forget to rest, relax and re-charge. This summer, as you spend some time by a pool or lake, pick up Robert Brandt’s Natural Nashville: A Guide to the Greenways and Nature Parks.

If you call Nashville home, then you’ve probably found your favorite trails to escape the city. Whether you are looking for more secluded places, or you want to expand your knowledge of your cherished parks, Natural Nashville has everything you need to know about outdoor adventure in Nashville, all in one convenient place!

Brandt’s fifth book on the Tennessee outdoors is an extensive guide highlighting everything you can expect to see and experience at each park or Greenway in Nashville. At the end of each section is a personal testimony from a local hiker, giving you a more intimate account of the treasures Nashville has to offer.

Natural Nashville was written in memory of Bob Brown, the founder of Tennessee Trails Association. Brown was also a leader in establishing the Cumberland Trail, the greenways program, Shelby Bottoms, Beaman Park, and Bells Bend Park. Brown passed away in 2007, but Brandt’s book is a place for recognizing and appreciating Brown’s hard work in preserving the natural environment in Tennessee.

In an interview with The Tennessean, Brandt shares his five favorite outdoor activities in Nashville:

  1. Biking the Natchez Trace Parkway
  2. Floating along the Harpeth
  3. Riding the Music City Bikeway
  4. Looping the Warner Park Trails
  5. Hiking Beaman Park

If you love Nashville and understand the joy of spending a long time roaming natural parks and trails, then you’ll be glad you opened Brandt’s Natural Nashville. Not only will this guide teach you more about Nashville’s natural environment, but it will also inspire you to continue exploring and spending time in the great outdoors.

Natural Nashville: A Guide to the Greenways and Nature Parks is $14.95 and can be purchased at BookMan BookWoman, Parnassus Books and All proceeds go toward future Greenways for Nashville projects. Greenways for Nashville is a nonprofit coalition of individuals, groups and businesses that support Metro Parks greenways program, which preserves natural, scenic and cultural areas around Nashville with the help of volunteers.

ImageNo plans next weekend? You might want to check out the guided hike being led by Robert Brandt being held at Warner Parks. This event will be a great way to learn more about the book firsthand from the author, while also giving you the opportunity to snag a copy if you want one!

– Kate (Team Green’s Summer Intern)


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