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Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail

Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail



In about 1992 a group of trail enthusiasts from different places in Middle Tennessee got together to discuss the possibility of turning the railroad bed from Nashville to Clarksville into a trail. The goal of that group was a long trail from Nashville to at least as far north as Land Between the Lakes. At the same time, the Mayor and Vice mayor of Ashland City were considering leasing part of the rail bed and turning it into a trail. These two groups met up by accident at a Greenway conference late in 1993 and starting working on the common goal of making a trail. Ashland City took over the responsibility of developing the 7 miles from the downtown to Chapsmansboro Road. The other group formed the Cumberland River Corridor Task Force and worked to develop the entire rail bed, often in conjunction with the Ashland City group.

Subsequent inquiries by the groups concerning the segment from Nashville to Ashland City were discouraged by the County Executive, Linda Fizer who believed that the railroad would eventually be restored. As of 2004, that segment is active under the ownership of the Cheatham County Rail Authority, operated by Nashville & Western RR.

The Town of Ashland City, under Mayor Mary Grey Jenkins, leased the five miles from Marks Creek (Chapmansboro Road) to the next intersection with Chapmansboro Road (about 4 miles) and about .8 miles beyond that intersection. The city submitted a grant proposal to the Tennessee Department of Transportation to develop the four mi

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Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail

Chapmansboro Road, Ashland City, TN 37015


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