See the new trails at this 657 acre jewel hidden in the middle of the city.
Expected distance 6+ miles. Easy to moderate.
We'll start at 8:30 AM sharp with a quick pace for 2 miles along the level paved Greenway to the new trailhead at Menees Lane.
We'll head back into the park on the unfinished Upland Trail.
Expect brush, mud and creek-crossings.
Joining the primitive(dirt) Long View Trail we'll climb up-and-down some 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 passing the old farm house and barn on the Silo Trail. This portion will be across fields with 2-3ft high grass. Dress accordingly.
We'll walk the new 1.5 mile Greenway section, cross the boardwalk over the swampy area and return to the trailhead.
Expect to see deer and possibly herons, hawks, turkeys and who knows what else? Bring ample water, insect repellent, water, footwear suitable for dirt trails and water.
Most of the hike is in the open, it may be hot, humid and sunny; hat, sunscreen and water strongly suggested. Approx. half the hike will be on hard surface greenway and at least two miles over high grass fields.
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.
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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 Ln 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 615-305-6741 if you get lost or must cancel at the last minute.