Nashville’s Most Walkable Neighborhoods

While Nashville as a whole is a car dependent city, there are a few neighborhoods that are easily navigated on foot or on bike. One way to rank walkability is with a Walkscore. This is a rank between 0–100 that determines how easy it is for walkers and bikers to maneuver around the area, and what percentage of errands can be accomplished without a car.

Whether you have economic, environmental, other motivations for ditching the car as a means for exploring your city, there’s a Nashville neighborhood for you.

Here are Nashville’s most walkable neighborhoods:

Downtown — 37201, 37219

Score: 93

The Downtown area is split between two zip codes, with a max walk score of 93. The 37201 zip code (home to SoBro, Printer’s Alley, and more) has a walkscore of 80, making it a “very walkable area”. If you want to get around even faster you can rent a Nashville B-Cycle and explore even more of Music City.

The Gulch — 37203

Score: 78

Just off of Downtown is The Gulch, a LEED certified community with a Walkscore of 78. When walking around The Gulch be on the lookout for some of Nashville’s most popular murals!

West End / Vanderbilt — 37203

Score: 73

The West End neighborhood, which includes Vanderbilt University, has a walkscore of 73. Most errands can be accomplished on foot or on bike. The neighborhood also has a bike score of 65 since the area is mostly flat but does sometimes lack bike lanes.

12 South — 37204

Score: 73

The busting 12 South area has a walkscore of 73. Plenty of restaurants and shops line the main avenue, making it a perfect place to stroll. When you’ve finished shopping local, grab a cool treat at Las Paletas and relax in Sevier Park.

Belmont / Hillsboro — 37212

Score: 71

Next door to 12 South is the Belmont/Hillsboro neighborhoods — home to Belmont University and Hillsboro Village. Belmont is a small campus, and students can take a short walk to a growing number of restaurants and stores along 21st avenue in Hillsboro Village. The area has a walkscore of 71, and most errands can be accomplished on foot. When it’s time to rest your legs, catch a film at the Belcourt Theater.

If the ability to get around town without always needing a car is important to you, these neighborhoods may be the perfect match.

Want more insights and information like this? If you’re moving to or around Nashville, check out my Nashville Neighborhood Guides.