Richland Creek Greenway


Nature at your backdoor…

Richland Creek Greenway.  This is a linear park adjacent to our neighborhood. Greenway users can traverse from the McCabe trailhead to the White Bridge Road trailhead, and even across the Old White Bridge to the new Hill Center of Belle Meade. Or, by veering right at the Creek, users can head to the area near Target and Steinmart or to points farther north along the Creek.  The old White Bridge was renovated in 2008. Parking is available at trailheads and signs are posted with information about the Greenway. The Greenway is open during daylight hours, 365 days/year.  While on the Greenway and near the creek, keep your eyes open for a variety of wildlife such as red-tailed hawks, deer, wild turkeys, coyotes, great blue herons, yellow-billed night herons, mallards, geese, other waterbirds, indigo buntings (resemble bluebirds), foxes, racoons, reptiles, turkeys, and other interesting wildlife.

Cherokee Park neighborhood residents can easily access the Greenway at the Cherokee trailhead (off of Cherokee/Sloan Road near the CSX underpass).  The area around the Greenway has a rich history, including the site of the worst train wreck in U.S. history on July 9, 1918.

Greenways are linear parks and trails that connect neighborhoods to schools, shopping areas, natural areas, offices, recreation areas, open spaces, and other points of activity. Often located along natural landscape features like streams, rivers, and ridges, or along built features, such as railroad corridors, and scenic highways, greenways provide valuable greenspace for conservation, recreation, and alternative transportation. Greenways provide all citizens with barrier-free access to natural resources and recreational opportunities.