Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail 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
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, non-profit and private entities.
Year 2019-2020 the Friends of the Cumberland River Bicentennial are working on getting more sections of the trails Developed along side with the Ashland City Government .
From Marks Creeks to the Bypass going toward town this section has been cleared and gravel Has been put down. The City got a Grant to help develop this section ,they will be putting a bridge across Chapmansboro Road. To connect to Marks Creek Trail Head.
Also in October 2020 Friends of the Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail hired a mulching machine to clear another section of the rails. This trail will be from the Bypass to Cumberland St. So with continued volunteering and the City we are looking forward to more Trails in the near Future.