Cheeks Bend Bluff View Trail

Nashville, Tennessee

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Explore this recent addition to the Tennessee State Natural Areas holdings, Cheeks Bend. Part of the 2,135-acre Duck River State Natural Area Complex, the trail travels along a bluff overlooking the Duck River and includes a special surprise - a side trip through a cave, where you can enter on a bluff top and emerge near the Duck at the base of the bluff. This trail leads to a cave with a hundred-foot-or-so passage that leads from a river bluff overlooking the Duck River to the base of the same bluff. If you are afeared of the dark, bring a flashlight, though one is not necessary. The Cheeks Bend Vista Trail starts on the west side of the road. Begin following a single-track path into the woods to reach a trailside kiosk showing the trail and giving information about the Duck River Complex. This complex is an agglomeration of six separate natural areas collectively within the Yanahli Wildlife Management Area. All are located in the Duck River Basin and include Columbia Glade, Sowell Mill, Rummage Cave, Howard Bridge Glades, and Moore Lane, in addition to Cheeks Bend. This part of the Duck River is significant, as 13 of the 30 miles of the state scenic-river portion of the Duck are located here.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Nashville

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Nashville

by Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)

Explore this recent addition to the Tennessee State Natural Areas holdings, Cheeks Bend. Part of the 2,135-acre Duck River State Natural Area Complex, the trail travels along a bluff overlooking the Duck River and includes a special surprise - a side trip through a cave, where you can enter on a bluff top and emerge near the Duck at the base of the bluff. This trail leads to a cave with a hundred-foot-or-so passage that leads from a river bluff overlooking the Duck River to the base of the same bluff.

If you are afeared of the dark, bring a flashlight, though one is not necessary. The Cheeks Bend Vista Trail starts on the west side of the road. Begin following a single-track path into the woods to reach a trailside kiosk showing the trail and giving information about the Duck River Complex. This complex is an agglomeration of six separate natural areas collectively within the Yanahli Wildlife Management Area. All are located in the Duck River Basin and include Columbia Glade, Sowell Mill, Rummage Cave, Howard Bridge Glades, and Moore Lane, in addition to Cheeks Bend. This part of the Duck River is significant, as 13 of the 30 miles of the state scenic-river portion of the Duck are located here.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Nashville
Length: 1.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: 615-781-6500; tinyurl.com/duckrivercomplex
Local Maps: USGS Glendale; at tinyurl.com/cheeksbend
Topo Map: Cheeks Bend Bluff View Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Nashville Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

3/5/2016

Beautiful brief hike with caves to explore near the apex. Fun for kids. We didn't tell our son there was a little cave because we didn't know what to expect and it turned out to be a fun surprise. Several folks out that day went in the larger cave where you can apparently see bats but we didn't go in.

2/20/2010

Good short Hike. About 150 ft of elv change. Well marked with blue blazes except for the cave. The cave is at the top of a bluff where a tree is marked with blue and red blazes. Turn right and go about 100 ft then look back. The cave is about 200 feet long and opens on a trail to the Duck river in the back.

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