The Outdoors, Featuring Devan Council 

Summer Guide 2011: Hidden Gems

Summer Guide 2011: Hidden Gems
click to enlarge Devan Council knows her way around town — and a set of handlebars. Keep up with her blog Sorta Like a Dream (www.sortalikeadream.com) and catch her, if you can, busting out some sweet tricks on the streets of Nashville.

Swimsuit provided by Everything But Water. Sofia top and bottom: $57

Photographed on the Stones River Greenway.

Eric England

Devan Council knows her way around town — and a set of handlebars. Keep up with her blog Sorta Like a Dream (www.sortalikeadream.com) and catch her, if you can, busting out some sweet tricks on the streets of Nashville.

Swimsuit provided by Everything But Water. Sofia top and bottom: $57

Photographed on the Stones River Greenway.

For a brush with wilderness — while remaining safely ensconced within Davidson County, that is — most Nashvillians turn to the Warner brothers, i.e., Edwin and Percy Warner Parks. Those old bastions of in-city outdoorsiness are fine choices for a trail-busting workout or a languid hike beneath the shady canopy of trees. But as with so many things in Nashville, they're just the beginning.

Do you know you can ride your bike all the way from Shelby Bottoms to within a few blocks of Nashville Shores? The bike-friendly Stones River Greenway stretches over the Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge — the only place a vehicle of any kind can cross the river between I-24 and Briley Parkway — and winds through Donelson and surrounding areas. That's almost four-and-a-half miles you can pedal in peace without having to dodge a single SUV or white-knuckle it over a single slotted storm drain. And Stones River is just one of over a dozen greenways that snake through various quadrants of the city. (More info at www.nashville.gov/greenways.)

As concrete jungles go, Nashville isn't exactly the Amazon, but depending on your mode of locomotion, the urban topography can take on a whole new purpose — to the creative biker or skater, curbs and embankments become grinding and launching surfaces, and open space provides a staging ground for manuals, bar spins and kickflips. Fixed-gear freestyle rider and bike culture blogger Devan Council knows that between point A and point B, the line is what you make it.

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