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
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
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
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
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
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.