Wednesday, April 3, 2013

following the train

Clarksville Greenway, a Rails to Trails project, is a 4.6 mile trail built on a former railroad, a multi-use asphalt trail for walking, running, biking.

The trail winds through rock outcroppings and overlooks the river, a quiet walk with lots of wildlife. It is so peaceful you can imagine the sound of the train echoing through the valley.

We discovered this on Sunday afternoon. The trail access parking lot is near the midpoint of the trail, 2 miles to the left and 2.6 miles to the right. There are mile markers every quarter mile. We walked 2.25 miles before long {and 2.25 miles back}, enjoying the scenery and being outside on a rare warm day. We spotted 3 deer, a huge brown owl, groundhogs, red headed woodpeckers, squirrels, cardinals, and lots of other birds, kids in strollers, kids and parents on bikes, joggers, and a few dogs.

A couple of places the old wooden train trestles had been removed and the trail went down into a small valley and up the other side. If I was a bike rider, I would be the one pushing at  that point.

Looking forward to going back again!

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., whose mission it is to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.

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