‘Opening Day for Trails’ is April 7

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CLARKSVILLE: The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s sixth annual  Opening Day for Trails will unfold in Clarksville on the Cumberland Riverwalk at McGregor Park, Downtown’s Upland Trail, and the beautiful 5.5-mile Clarksville Greenway.

Opening Day, a celebration of trails nationwide, will be Saturday, April 7 and serve as the unofficial launch of the spring trail season for outdoor enthusiasts and trail lovers.

Whether you want to get active or take a scenic walk through nature, the Clarksville Greenway offers a wonderful experience for citizens and visitors with picturesque views. Users can bike, skate, run, or walk the trail.

Access points (also called trailheads) for the Clarksville Greenway are at Heritage Park, Pollard Road and Marys Oak Drive.  The trailhead with the most parking is at Heritage Park on Peachers Mill Road. Trail users are reminded to park only in designated areas.  Parking on the road or blocking private residences is not permitted.

Clarksville BCycle is a great way to navigate our paved trails. BCycle is an automated bike sharing system designed for use by many people for short trips around town or recreational riding.  BCycle stations are located on the Clarksville Greenway at the Pollard Road trailhead, Liberty Park, Cumberland Riverwalk, and Public Square & Franklin St. For more information, please visit https://clarksville.bcycle.com.

This year’s Opening Day event coincides with the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act, federal legislation that established the country’s National Scenic Trails and National Recreation Trails. The act made possible many of the country’s railbanked rail-trails as a result of the 1983 Railbanking Amendment to the National Trails System Act. Learn more about the anniversary at www.trails50.org.

For more about  trails in Clarksville, visit www.cityofclarksville.com/parksrec  or contact the Clarksville Parks & Recreation Department at (931) 645-7476.

 

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Christine Anne Piesyk has been a journalist for more than 50 years. Her credits include positions as Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, Staff Writer specializing in education, leisure living, food and arts and entertainment. She was co-producer, writer and on air persona for the Entertainment Review for 25 years. Now "retired," she finds herself working on online websites and as a book editor. In her other life, she is a costume designer in her daughter's company, Gemini Dream Designs.

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