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Beginners Hike at Peeler Park

See the trails at this 645 acre jewel hidden in the middle of the city. Expected distance 4 miles. Easy to moderate pace with frequent stops to admire the scenery. We will go as fast as the slowest person.
Please RSVP with integrity.
We'll start at 9:00 am sharp at the boat ramp to the Cumberland River.
Take the easy paved Greenway trail for 2.5 miles over the boardwalk, around the Taylor Farm Loop which is both pavement and gravel and back to the parking lot. Only a couple of very slight inclines, otherwise all flat and level. There are a couple of options for farm(dirt) trails depending on how soggy the trails are.

Expect to see deer and possibly herons, hawks, turkeys and who knows what else? Bring ample water, sunscreen, footwear suitable for dirt trails and water. Much of the trails are not shaded.

Please allow ample time to make it to Peeler before the hike begins.
RSVP with integrity, If you find you cannot make it, please change your RSVP status.

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. Ignore all park signs until you see the one pictured above. 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.
RSVP with integrity.

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  • Brittany D S.

    Bill was a wealth of information about Peeler Park, and he was incredibly attentive to all the hikers on this meetup. Even though I had been to Peeler Park before, I felt like I saw the trails in a whole new way. Thanks for taking my suggestion and organizing a hike here for beginners like me.

    February 13

  • renna

    It was very enjoyable

    1 · February 13

  • Jill R.

    Great hike. Thank you Bill for organizing, leading and providing history. Also fun to have the chance to talk with some really friendly people.

    February 11

  • ChiGirl

    Very friendly group and a perfect 1st hike/meetup with the group. Thanks to Bill for excellent organization and a great experience!

    1 · February 11

  • charlene h.

    Really nice people. Good pace on the hike and lucky on the weather.

    2 · February 11

  • Maureen

    Hopefully thin will be offered again and I will be able to attend!

    February 11

  • Maureen

    I've looked forward to this all week only to have something come up last minute! Hopefully this will continue and I can make it next time! Have a great time today!

    February 11

  • charlene h.

    No problem

    February 10

  • Michael T.

    Hi all! I'm thinking of bringing my 7yo Wheaton Terrier mix. She's sweet, loves other dogs, and just loves hiking. Is there anyone that would be opposed?

    February 10

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