Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail in Ashland City

December 7, 2011 in Tennessee Hiking Trails by amylaree

Cumberland River Bicentennial

Clear path along the river.

We hit up the Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail during the long Thanksgiving weekend – two hikes were needed to work off the turkey feast.  This paved trail follows the Cumberland River and is a great resource for people around Ashland City, but much like the greenways in Nashville, this trail is much more of a long walk than a “hike.”

  1. Scenery:  2.5
  2. Difficulty:  1.5
  3. Length:  8 miles
  4. Dog Friendly Factor: 4.0
  5. Convenience:  3.0
  6. Bonus Funtimes: 2.5

Scenery (2.5 out of 5.0):  This there-and-back trail offers a little variety of scenery, but is mostly tree-lined and completely flat.  There trail starts off bordering a marshland which disappears after the first mile or so. The first mile is also lined with signs identifying the different tree types, which makes for some interesting distractions.  After that there are intermittent spots bordering farmland and nearby homes.  The bridge crossing is impressive though and we saw some folks canoeing on the Cumberland the day we were out.

Coltrane at Cumberland River Bicentennial

Post hike pet-down

Difficulty (1.5 out of 5.0):  We did this greenway the day after we hit up Laurel Falls, but even with our legs a little tired out from the prior day’s hike, this trail was pretty easy.  Flat, straight and paved, there’s little to trip you up.  We did spy a tiny gardner snake, but that’s as dangerous as this trail got.  Our legs were a little tight the next day from 8 miles of walking on paved surfaces, but other than that there’s very little challenging about this trail.

Length: 8 miles (we finished in about 2 hours)

Coltrane at Cumberland River Bicentennial

Camera shy & ready for a nap

Dog Friendliness (4.5 out of 5.0):  We picked the dogs up from the boarder (Red Rover of Nashville is great kennel-free spot if you need a place to board your dogs) so they were pretty tuckered out before we even started down this path.  There were plenty of dogs of all shapes and sizes on the greenway and there were a few feeder-creeks that allowed the dogs a chance to get a drink of water.

Convenience (3.0 out of 5.0):  This is an easy drive from Nashville and easily found from downtown Ashland City.

Bonus Funtimes (2.5 out of 5.0):  There were lots of families out on the trail this time and few spots to stop off for a picnic.  Lots of folks were out on their bikes – including a couple ladies in their 70s who said they were re-learning how to ride a bikes… and from their wobbliness, it’d been a while since they’d been on one.

Cumberland River Bicentennial

Crossing the Cumberland


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