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 by various 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.