177 Chapmansboro Road
Ashland City, TN 37015
Eagle Pass is one of the most unique investments that the Foundation has made in conservation across the state. This property is a part of the Cumberland River Bicentennial rail-trail, which has transformed approximately 11 miles of defunct railroad into a greenway trail. It is part of an historic railway linking Nashville to Clarksville chartered in the 1890s that has been owned by several rail corporations over the years. The Foundation’s acquisition of ~18 acres in 2000 and a ~1.8 acre addition in 2011 extended the popular Bicentennial Trail. Hikers, bikers, and walkers will enjoy 8 one-way miles of rail-trail greenway on the Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail.
Our Conservation Story
The Eagle Pass Section of the Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail has deep roots in Tennessee history. The rail line going from Nashville to Clarksville through Ashland City began as the Tennessee Central Railroad and was chartered in 1893. The line carried lumber, scrap paper, ore, plastic, and brick for decades until it was abandoned in the 1960s.
Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, multiple state, local, and nonprofit agencies worked together to accrue the funds necessary to create and pave sections of trail along the Nashville-to-Clarksville corridor. In 1998, the Foundation purchased 18.25 acres of land for the Cumberland River Bicentennial Rail-Trail in Ashland City.
Years later, in 2011, the Friends of the Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail (FCRBT) found an opportunity to extend that trail and raised funds to purchase 1.8 acres west of the Foundation’s property at Eagle Pass. At the point of closing on the purchase of the land, it was determined that the FCRBT could not legally hold title to real property, so the voting membership decided that the Foundation would be a proper holder of title to the land.
This partnership demonstrates TennGreen’s commitment to working with local conservation agencies and ‘Friend groups’ to accomplish its conservation and land acquisition goals. We are proud to hold title of this land as we work with other conservation agencies to connect the separate segments of the Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail that will one day stretch from Nashville to Clarksville via this Eagle Pass segment in Ashland City.
In the meantime, bikers and walkers can enjoy this 1.5 mile paved stretch of rail-trail in Ashland City.
Take I-40 to Exit 204 and head north onto Briley Parkway. Take Exit 24 to Ashland City. Go northwest on Hwy 12 and turn left after the bridge by Deerfield Inn onto Chapmansboro Road.