The Stones River is a stream that feeds into the Cumberland River in Nashville. It holds the J. Percy Priest Dam and winds along a popular greenway, but many people have never heard of it. A local artist wants to change that.
The Cumberland River flows through Nashville for a winding 55 miles, and all those bends mean many residents spend a huge chunk of time living or working near the water. But it doesn’t always feel that way, as we found out in This Is Nashville ‘s river recreation episode.
Why do so many people ignore or avoid the Cumberland River? And how have perceptions — and access to our winding river — changed?
You wouldn’t know by looking at it today, but Hill’s Island has an important story to tell about Nashville’s role in the trade of enslaved people.
The city wants to flip the current dynamic of widespread asphalt and limited green space and create a buffer of vegetation between the river and any future development.
Across from downtown Nashville, an industrial area houses asphalt, the Titans stadium and unused space for potentially billions of dollars worth of developments. That area is the “East Bank,” and city officials announced plans this week to redevelop it with special attention to the Cumberland River.
For many Middle Tennesseans, the classic way to beat the muggy heat of summer is to hit the water. Some load the boat on a trailer and head out to Percy Priest Lake or rent canoes to float down the Harpeth River. But you can also check out a scenic confluence of waterways in Ashland City.
Native American activists in Nashville are urging Oracle to delay construction so archaeologists can dig. They believe the tech company’s future River North campus will sit on what could be the site of Native American burials and artifacts.
Updated 10:15 p.m. Friday. Nashville officials have determined what caused a horn to sound for more than 5 hours at a Cumberland River barge site on Sunday, and city police have secured cellphone numbers for the company to make contact if it happens in the future.
Listen Complaints of longer wait times and crowded rivers around the launches used by boaters and kayakers have created conflict among commercial outfitters and individuals. But a law passed to unclog the ramps is already creating some concerns.