Join us for a holiday hike at this jewel hidden in the middle of the city.
Expect some parts to be across uncut fields with hay/grass 2 or more feet tall. Dress appropriately.
We'll start at 8 AM sharp with a quick pace for 30 minutes along the level paved Greenway past the boardwalk over the "swamp" to the far end of the Park turning into The Taylor Farm segment to hike the old farm(dirt) roads.
We'll go for 30 minutes to see the trailhead under construction on Menees Rd. then head back into the park and climb up-and-down two easy hills ending at a high spot 200 feet above the rest of the park where we can view some of the city. We'll head back downhill to pass by the old farm house before returning to the paved greenway and trailhead.
Expect to see deer and possibly herons, hawks, turkeys and who knows what else? Bring ample water, insect repellent, footwear suitable for dirt trails and water.
Most of the hike is in the open, it will be hot and sunny; hat, sunscreen and water strongly suggested.
Dog walkers welcome. Dogs must be leashed at all times by law. Local fines start at $50. Dog leashes should be 6 ft. long or less per park rules so dogs don't get in the way of joggers and bikers. The park appreciates dog walkers who carry litter bags for their pets. If your dog does not get along well with other dogs or strangers, this is probably not a good activity.
Please plan ample time to make it to Peeler before the hike begins.
(For GPS enter 2330 Neelys Bend Rd., Madison TN 37115)
From the south, take Briley Parkway north to exit 14 Gallatin Pike North/Madison, go north on Gallatin Pike past the graveyards and continue approximately 1.5 miles. Keep right. Turn right onto Neelys Bend Rd at Walgreens/City Road Chapel Methodist. There is only one way to turn onto Neelys Bend.
Follow for 7+ miles or until you are sure you will never get there. :) Go past the Dead End sign at Menees Rd for 2+ miles further. Trailhead and boat ramp parking lot are at the end of the road.
Bill will be at the trailhead rain or shine--even if it's just to say "go home." Look for Bill at the info kiosk; his cell is [masked] if you get lost.