Hiking, bicycling, bird-watching, enjoying nature - just twenty
minutes from Nashville near beautiful Ashland City, TN
Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail extended
to Cheatham Dam Road
Trail users now have almost 8 continuous one-way miles to walk,
run and bicycle on the Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail . Friends
of the Trail and the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation announce
the acquisition of 1.8 acres that allows access to the trail from
Cheatham Dam Road.
For those not familiar with the trail, there are two segments open.
The first 4 miles follows the old rail bed from Marks Creek, just
outside of Ashland City, to the north end of Chapmansboro Road.
The second segment of the trail (Eagle Pass) begins across Chapmansboro
Road and proceeds north towards the Cheatham Dam/ Montgomery County
line. Until this recent purchase, the trail stopped after 3 miles
at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers campground. The addition of
the 600 feet connects the trail with Cheatham Dam Road.
Details: The money for the purchase was raised by the Friends of
the Trail. The Friends have sponsored an annual bicycle ride, the
Cumberland River Challenge, for 12 years. Funds from these rides
plus a contribution from the Cheatham County Parks Board's grant
program provided the means for the land acquisition. The deed was
transferred to the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation, which
will add this section to its currently- owned Eagle Pass section
The Trail is operated by the Town of Ashland City under its Parks
and Recreation Department. Portions of the trail are owned byvarious
government, noon-profit and private entities.
Plans for the near future: According to Homer Smith, chair of the
Friends of the Trail, the group will continue to raise money to
plan a Cheatham Dam Road trailhead with a small parking area, path
designation and signs.