Cherry blossom trees in Nashville … they are the surest sign of spring that allows us to sigh in relief that winter is truly over. But they are fleeting, in bloom for just two weeks and peaking over a few days. They are in bloom at the moment, and they are a sight to behold. While the Nashville landscape is dappled with cherry trees throughout, there is one almost magical path to view them at their best. Better yet, this route makes a circle, with sidewalks the entire way, so you can drive it, run it, walk it or bike it. Follow the map below and we guarantee smiles for miles!
And a quick note: the cherry trees blooming right now are the Yoshino variety, with blossoms of pale pink or white. You may see other trees that have a similar shape, but have yet to bloom. These are the next round of cherry trees that will bloom in a few weeks, the Kwanzan variety, which has a denser bloom and is a deeper pink. They are stunning, as well. Look for them to bloom when the dogwoods are out, which is after any fears of freeze are behind us.
Cherry Blossoms in Nashville: Your Route for Spectacular Viewing
This map brings you through Sylvan Park, starting at the intersection of Nebraska and 46th and winds you through the back roads of the Richland-West End historic neighborhood and then back to your starting point. There must have been some good planning decades ago to intentionally line these streets to shine in spring … many of these trees are huge!
Things to note:
- If you want to walk or run, there are sidewalks for this entire four-mile route.
- You can park at McCabe Park Community Center.
- This route is lined with hundreds of in-bloom Yoshino cherry trees. Note that about 1 1/2 blocks of Richland Avenue has none of these trees in bloom, as the variety planted on this stretch is the later-blooming Kwanzan cherry tree.
- Each time you make a turn or pass an intersection, look down the cross streets, as trees are in bloom everywhere!
- If you drive this route, drive slowly. These are neighborhoods with kids at play, dogs that get loose, etc.
For eats, shopping and more:
- If you go early, breakfast at Star Bagel is great for coffee, a hot breakfast or a bagel. But the line gets long, so go early.
- Lunch and dinner options abound—with patio seating—at McCabe Pub, Local Taco, Park Cafe, Caffe Nonna and more.
- Need last minute Easter gifts? Check out The Willow Tree, a gift store nestled between these restaurants.
- Kids love to stop by Love at First Sight and pet the puppies and kittens.
Make plans to embrace this gorgeous time in Nashville with some good time spent outdoors enjoying our landscape, bursting in color!