Stones River, Nashville
Stones River property. Photo by Ralph Knoll/The Conservation Fund.
When we helped complete Nashville’s first Open Space Plan in 2011, we identified the scenic and historic 600-acre Stones River Farm property in Tennessee as a top conservation priority. Recently, Nashville’s Metro Parks System asked us to act on that priority, conserving Stones River Farm, which ultimately could become part of a 1,500-acre regional park on the Stones River Greenway. The property features almost four miles of riverfront, including a scenic bend in the Stones River where it meets the Cumberland.
The tract of land is adjacent to the Metro-owned Ravenswood property and is across the Cumberland River from the 648-acre Peeler Park and Taylor Farm, also owned by Metro. The park would directly serve the Donelson, Hermitage and Old Hickory communities in northeastern Davidson County, and existing greenways connect it to downtown Nashville.
This key acquisition moves Nashville forward in implementing the city’s Open Space Plan, which recommends preserving 3,000 acres over the next ten years as park land.