Cheeks Bend Bluff View Trail

Nashville, Tennessee 37205

Cheeks Bend Bluff View Trail

Cheeks Bend Bluff View Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

Cheeks Bend Bluff View Trail Trip Reports

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6/3/2018
Cheeks Bend Bluff Trail is in Columbia, Tennessee not far off I-65. It’s a moderate hike that takes about two miles round trip. You’ll get to take in some beautiful bluffs and other scenery, walk near the bank of the Duck River, and see Rummage Cave. The trailhead is on Cheek Bend Road, which is just a few miles away from the Highway 412/99 exit from I-65. Parking is available at the trailhead. It’s a great stop-in for a hike if you’re traveling through Tennessee on 1-65. (It’s about an hour’s drive north of the TN/AL border and within about the same distance of Nashville.)
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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.
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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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4/26/2009
Great little hike through the beatiful maple and ceders of middle TN. Some beautiful views of the Duck river from high up the cliffs. The cave is short, and pretty easy to navigate. There are some altitude changes but the grade is easy. My 6 year old daughter was tired by the end, but had no trouble make the trip. The trail is very well marked from beginning to end. Recommended for a beginner.
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3/22/2009
Good trail, with a variety of terrain. Also some great views of the river. The cave is a little more difficult to locate your first time out, but a great place for a shorter, hike with some explorable areas.
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Trail Information

Nashville
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
1.8
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1 hour
Duration
Year-round
Season
Local Contacts
USGS Glendale; at tinyurl.com/cheeksbend
Local Maps