See the new trails at this 657 acre jewel hidden in the middle of the city. Expected distance 6+ miles. Easy to moderate.
Fast Pace with frequent stops to admire the scenery. Sunset 7:46; Moonrise 5:56.We'll start at 6:00 PM sharp by walking down the boat ramp to the Cumberland River then go thru the wooded Long Bottom Trail for .83 miles. This segment is unfinished and may be muddy. Connect with the Silo Trail uphill past the old barn and farm house, continuing uphill on the Long View Trail to the highest spot in the park for a great view.
We'll continue down and up an easy hill to take the unfinished Upland Trail to the new trailhead on Menees Lane.
Take the easy paved Greenway trail for 2.5 miles over the boardwalk, around the Inner Loop and back to the parking lot to view the moon over the river.
Expect to see deer and possibly herons, hawks, turkeys, biting insects and who knows what else? Bring ample water, insect repellent, footwear suitable for dirt trails and water.
Please allow ample time to make it to Peeler before the hike begins.
Dog 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 owners 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.
From the south: take Briley Parkway north to exit 14 Gallatin Pk 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. :) The last restroom is at the Mapco. Go past the red barn and horses--you're almost there!
Trailhead and boat ramp parking lot are at the end of the road at the River.
Look for Bill at the info kiosk rain or shine--even if it's just to say "go home."; his cell is[masked] if you get lost.