9. North Boundary Greenway


Description: Located on the Department of Energy Reservation, this greenway passes through ridge-top woodlands, karst bluffs covered in mountain laurel, and creek-side habitats. A variety of wildlife and native plants as well as remnants of pre-Manhattan Project settlements are present.
Trail surface: Gravel/dirt road
Elevation: 760' to 1154'
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
Handicap Access: Limited
Distance: 7 miles one way (14.0 total) in 2003
Main Entrances: Oak Ridge Turnpike at west Guard House; Wisconsin Ave at Whippoorwill Dr; Highway 95/58 junction
Uses: Walk/jog, pets, bicycles
Revised: 2/3/12

Map legend/rules

In 2005, Hunley Road and the remainder of Quarry Road were added to the greenway. Total loop is about 9.2 miles, more maps, elevation profiles, and info. In 2008, the Wheat District greenway (dashed green line, 1.2 miles) was opened along with the McKinney Ridge Trail (dotted green line, 1.3 miles, foot traffic only) near the west entrance to the North Boundary Greenway (see Google map). In March, 2009, the 1.3 miles Gallaher Trail was opened west of the water tower and descending to just west of Gallaher cemetery. As of March, 2011, the Gallaher Trail is for foot traffic only (state natural area). In Febrary, 2012, the 1.3 mile Big Oak Trail was constructed to provide a wooded, single-track connector from the east end of the lower gravel back to the guard shack, avoiding the turnpike. In 2015, the Sinkhole Trail was added, and in 2017 the Boulder Trail was added. See 2017 google map.

Beware. This area is closed for deer hunts three weekends each fall and several spring weekends for turkey hunts. For 2016, the area is closed dawn til noon, April 2, April 9-10 and 16-17. Also see reservation hunt info. In the fall 2017, the area is closed Nov 4-5, 11-12, and Dec 9-10. In addition, the area is closed the Saturday before each scheduled hunt weekend for scouting.

See 1941 Bethel Valley topo on the USGS national map viewer to see old roads and structures.

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