Map of Murfreesboro Greenway System
Located on Thompson Lane, off Northwest Broad Street, this trailhead provides access to the historic McFadden farm property.This was the site of one of the bloodiest engagements in the Battle of Stones River and is marked with an artillery monument. A 60-car parking area at this Northern terminus of the Murfreesboro Greenway System allows users to enter the 12-foot wide asphalt trail for walking, jogging, in-line skating, and bicycling. Access for small watercraft is available from this location.
Close to the intersection of Thompson Lane and Northwest Broad Street at the 84 Lumber Company is an eight-car parking lot providing entry to the greenway. This trailhead provides a water fountain and wayside exhibit. Close to the trail entrance, visitors can view rock outcroppings near the bank of the Stones River. As you travel to the west there is a wooden overlook that provides a good view of the river.
Adjacent to the General Bragg Trailhead, the new College Street Trailhead provides connection and access to the new Gateway Trail and Island. The Gateway Trail is a two-mile loop that circles a small lake and features the Gateway Island. The island is home to a reception center and gazebo, perfect for weddings and other special events.
This trailhead houses a picnic pavilion that has restrooms, a water fountain, a children’s playground and the Bark Park. The 40-car parking lot can be reached from West College Street (Old Nashville Highway). If you started at the Thompson Lane Trailhead (to the north) or Fortress Rosecrans Trailhead (to the south) you are now approximately halfway on the Stones River Greenway at a distance of one a half miles in either direction. A spur trail begins from the side of the pavilion and leads to Stones River National Battlefield. This spur trail adds another one and a half miles to your walk. Shelter Rentals: 615-890-5333
This trailhead contains 19 parking spaces and is located on West College Street. Across the street are the remains of an earthen Civil War fortification (Redoubt Brannan) that was part of the larger Fortress Rosecrans. Redoubt Brannan was used by Union troops to guard the Old Nashville Pike and L&N Railroad.
This historic trailhead is located just off Golf Lane inside Old Fort Park. The pathway leading to the Murfreesboro Greenway System passes by several of the remaining sections of Fortress Rosecrans. Constructed after the Battle of Stones River by Union troops, from January through June 1863, it was the largest enclosed earthen fortification built during the Civil War. As a supply depot, it played an important role in the Union army's advance to Chattanooga. Fortress Rosecrans was abandoned in April 1866.
At the corner of Searcy Street and Medical Center Parkway is a trailhead that offers parking for 15 cars. Provided at this site is a boat ramp for small craft. Restrooms and a water fountain are available. A short walk gives the visitor a view of the dam at Ransom’s Mill.
This small trailhead has parking for 11 cars and is located across from the entrance to the picnic pavilions at the rear of Old Fort Park. This places you on the Lytle Creek portion of the Murfreesboro Greenway System.
Located in Old Fort Park, this trailhead is between Kids' Castle playground and the tennis courts. The beautiful new shelter provides picnic tables and restrooms. This trailhead begins the southern expansion of the greenway to follow the West Fork of the Stones River all the way to Barfield Crescent Park. Shelter Rentals: 615-890-5333
The latest addition to the Murfreesboro Greeway System, the Cason Trailhead features one large and two small pavilions, restrooms and a children's playground. Follow the West Fork of the Stones River with scenic overlooks, an impressive bridge crossing, and more access to the beautiful natural settings within Murfreesboro. Shelter Rentals: 615-890-5333
This southernmost trailhead is adjacent to the restored village of Cannonsburgh and is the beginning of the Lytle Creek trail which passes through the most urban portion of the greenway. Local businesses are accessible to those wishing to purchase a beverage, snack, or full meal. After crossing under Broad Street, the historic downtown square is a block away. The Linebaugh Public Library, Murfreesboro City Hall and Police administrative offices are all located within two blocks of this trailhead. Restrooms and a water fountain are available in Cannonsburgh.
Melinda Tate, Program Coordinator - Greenways and Wetlands