Donelson is located in the eastern section of Nashville, Tennessee. You can reach it by traveling down the US Route 70 towards Knoxville. It is a relatively large neighborhood and its growth in the last 80 years has been primarily down to its proximity to Nashville Airport. The boundaries of Donelson are generally described as US Route 40 on its southern border with the Cumberland River making up most of its western side. To the east, the Cumberland River’s meander means that it also makes its northern and eastern border along with the Stones River Bend Park and Stewart Ferry Pike.
There are a few veterinary services in the area including Two Rivers Veterinary Hospital on Old Lebanon Road and further south, McCormick Animal Clinic on Blackwood Drive. There is also Elm Hill Vet Clinic on Old Elm Hill Pike and Donelson Animal Clinic on Lebanon Pike which are great options if you need something close by.
Nashville, as a whole, sits in what is known as the Nashville Basin. There is a dip in the center of the city and as you move towards the outskirts, you’ll find that the land rises and becomes steeper. This is especially true of the eastern and northern parts of the city which carry on rising for around 60 miles. Donelson is located approximately 6 miles east of central Nashville, so the area sits on the part of the basin that just begins to rise. This means that you are likely to experience some hills during your walk. If you are worried about your mobility levels, plan your walk before you set off to avoid any steep slopes that may cause you issue.
Since Donelson is very much within Nashville city lines, it’s a mostly built-up, artificial area. However, the rivers and streams that surround it can provide you and your pooch with the touch of nature you’re searching for.
Donelson is ideally located next to the Cumberland River, so there are a large number of green spaces within its borders and miles of river walks to be had. Stones River Bend Park is a beautiful waterside park that offers miles of walking and bike trails and a great opportunity to truly escape from city life. Its stunning views and wide-open spaces are ideal for letting your dog off the leash to walk, run, and play.
Two Rivers Park is located in central Donelson so it’s easy to reach from anywhere in the neighborhood. It offers picnic spots and great views of the Briley Parkway Bridge that crosses over the greenway. Escape to this oasis for long walks, cycling trails, and games of fetch! There is also a skate park within the grounds and a wave pool with water flumes that are ideal for kids during the summer months.