Springfield Greenway

Posted By on April 23, 2019

Springfield Greenway

4.5 miles; Springfield, TN

[Editors Note: Once again I’ve broken my solemn vow to not let unposted hikes accumulate. I wound up almost a full month and 8 hikes behind. Mea culpa. Won’t happen again. I hope.]

A visit to family in Tennessee provided an opportunity to visit this pretty little trail. It was a lot hotter than I was used to, but still a great walk.

Robin on a Fence

Robin on a Fence

This is a lovely paved bikeway trail that runs along creeks and beside fields and forests. It has lots of interesting historical plaques, too. As Roman Mars of the 99% Invisible podcast says, “Always read the plaque!

Pedestrian Bridge

Pedestrian Bridge over Sulphur Fork Creek

The trail follows and crosses and re-crosses the Sulphur Fork Creek. This bridge is near an old water plant that (according to the plaque) first supplied drinking water to Springfield.

Looking Downstream

Looking Downstream

The season was a lot further along, unsurprisingly, in Tennessee than it was in New England, and there were long stretches of this trail that had no cover. It was hot, is what I’m saying. Not HOT, but certainly more heat than I was used to.

Wild Blue Phlox

Wild Blue Phlox, Phlox divaricata

There were lots of wildflowers, too.

You can find out more about the Springfield Greenway from this REI Hiking Project website. As always, click the image above for details about this hike and to download the gps track.


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