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Shelby Bottoms East Loop Trail

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Shelby Bottoms East Loop Trail is a 8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nashville, Tennessee that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.0 miles
85 feet

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly


nature trips

trail running


bird watching





wild flowers


bridge out
8 hours ago

Like the view, easy, paved...good morning fresh air time.

19 days ago

Great paved path for my two small dogs!

1 month ago

Great paved trail. A little busy so be ready for lots of dogs, strollers, bikes and such!

2 months ago

We had a great day walking off the Holidays!!!!!
1300 cals just walking! We took our pups with us and introduced our newest Baby to one our many outdoor passions. Easy walk or pick up the pace and run or ride your bike. Lots of choices......

road biking
5 months ago

Great trail..can be busy on the weekend. I like that you can cross over into 2 other greenways and end up at the Dam 14 miles away if you are up to it. This trail is scenic, well paved, several bridges and overall a nice ride.

road biking
8 months ago

Absolutely beautiful! Shaded areas, paved road. Beautiful scenery, all green in the Summer. The smell of earth after the rain is simply wonderful!
Bring water as the heat of the day gets hot and steamy fast.

8 months ago

Beautiful trail to escape the city. The main path is paved asphalt and good for children and pets, but you can meander off the path into primitive trails through the woods. You won't get lost because on one side is the Cumberland River (some great views can be found) and the woods always come out into East Nashville. It's all about how far you want to venture. Terrific in fall and spring, tons of color.

trail running
9 months ago

This is one of the nicest trails I’ve seen in Nashville. It’s paved but there’s plenty of room for running alongside in the grass and there are primitive trails throughout the route that you can venture off into.

road biking
9 months ago

Nice little spot to do some biking around the park or town & city.

trail running
11 months ago

Not exactly trail running considered it’s paved the whole time, but the bridge at about 1.5 m in is gorgeous to walk across. The river is hard to see the whole time because of the trees and brush so it’s not exactly scenic either.

road biking
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

It’s fairly easy, makes for a quick, quiet, pretty bike ride to the bridge and back. Whole area is very pleasant.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Great trail for all levels. Even saw two deer cross the path.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Beautiful slice of Mother Nature. Clean, easy trails. Magical for those that like to play around with photography.

trail running
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Flat, paved and quiet with a mix of sun and shade, the main trail is easy running. If I lived near it, the trail would be a great path for a daily jog. Unfortunately most views of the river are shielded by overgrown bamboo and shrubs. Also I prefer a bit more variety in incline when trail running. Otherwise a very peaceful place to run!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

It was peaceful.

trail running
Sunday, March 05, 2017

Trail has paved and unpaved sections which are great. I stayed on the unpaved tracks, but the forks were unmarked. Otherwise, great place to run.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

I love bringing the dog down here. Once you get off the main path, which is very busy, and onto the primitive trails it's really peaceful.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Check out the Ecology and Riverview primitive trails, great to introduce young children to hiking. Not to mention foraging wild blackberries in summer! Easy hike but very enjoyable because of its location right close to downtown.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

I don't really prefer walking on concrete or paved trails.

road biking
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Nice mix of sun and shade, plenty of places to stop and rest and people watch.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Great go during the week to avoid crowds.

road biking
Monday, November 16, 2015

Great for walking, running, cycling. Very family friendly.

Friday, September 04, 2015

love it

road biking
Monday, May 25, 2015

My go to for greenway riding

Saturday, August 30, 2014

As K.D. said, take the grass and dirt paths around the park and you will be rewarded. Currently, on a great side track called Ecology Trail (or Loop), you can walk along a sea of wildflowers. I posted a photo.

Its definitely a Nashville jewel.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

This place will grow on you if you explore the deeper, unpaved paths past the paved main loop! Bottoms Trail will make you enjoy the walk. Frogs and toads sing in the beginning of spring, the smell of honeysuckle starts in May, and then there are Blackberries ripen in August. These are all very easy trails.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Great paved route for road bikes, city bikes, walking, running, roller blading, etc. The side trails are good for mountain biking. The only downside to Shelby Bottom is there are no public restrooms where you park at the start of the trail. There is a water park that utilizes the same parking that has public restrooms but are not open year round. Dog friendly. Great areas for bird and butterfly watching.

road biking
Wednesday, May 08, 2013

While I only recently toured Shelby Park via the Music City Bikeway, I could easily endorse this as being one of Nashville's most scenic and enjoyable areas. You become immersed into a canopy of greenery while running, biking, or hiking over its numerous wooden, intersecting bridges. As of May, the honeysuckle was coming into bloom, which created a subtle aroma. I'd like to visit Shelby again in July or August, and try out some of the side-trails. I was taken aback at the park's considerably low rating. I'm here to at least rectify some of that and assure you that this is worth you visit.
Fortunately, or unfortunately in some cases, the time I visited Shelby was rather congested with "Sunday strollers." However, I wouldn't let it deter me from visiting such a relaxing park. Enjoy.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Shelby Bottoms Greenway slides along the flat plains of the Cumberland River in East Nashville. While youre routinely very near the river, thick foilage keeps the it hidden from view most of the time. The main greenway path is wide open (wear sunscreen!) and paved, but the trail offshoots have plenty of canopy overgrowth and natural ground cover.

Of all the offshoot trails that we hit up, the Bottomland Trail was the most scenic and least traveled. This long, narrow path is covered by tall trees and you really can feel a sense of wilderness in the middle of metro Nashville. As we were on the trail, I was kicking myself for always sticking to the paved path when I lived on the east side.


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Well paved walking/running/biking trail located in Nashville along the Cumberland River.

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