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TENNESSEE WILDLIFE VIEWING TRAIL » Middle Tennessee
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Bicentennial Trail, Cheatham County

Site Directions: From downtown Nashville, take I-40 West to Exit 204 (Briley Parkway/Robertson Road). Turn right (north) onto Briley Parkway. Take Exit 24 (Ashland City Hwy/Hwy 12) to Ashland City.

From north of Nashville, take I-24 West to Exit 24 (Hwy 49). Turn left (south) onto Hwy 49 to Ashland City.

Once in Ashland City, go northwest on Highway 12 and turn left after the bridge by Deerfield Inn, onto Chapmansboro Rd. The parking area is not far up the road on the right. There is a sign for the trail and for Cheatham Lake WMA.
Chapsmanboro Rd access- Lat: 36.28553°N Long: -87.07982°W
Hours: daylight hours
Seasonality: year round
Fees: none


Bicentennial Trail east access sign


Bicentennial Trail west access sign at Eagle Pass trailhead

Site Description: The trail is 3.7 miles of paved trail through forests, rock outcrops, and bottomland hardwood forest along the Cumberland River. The trail continues northwest from Chapsmanboro Rd access all the way to a park by Cheatham Dam. Some parts of the trail are not paved, but are less used by cyclists.


Cheatham Dam

Wildlife to Watch: In season, wildflowers are spectacular. Migrant songbirds can be abundant in spring and fall with a wide variety of warblers and vireos observed. Wood Ducks are common and young may be seen in the swamp in summer. Cottonmouths are common in this area and like to sun themselves on the paved trail, so watch your step.


Cheatham Dam Lock A Trailhead

For more information:

Birds of the Bicentennial Trail via eBird submissions

Cumberland River Trail


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Be sure to check out our Safety Tips page for important information regarding viewing wildlife in these areas.