Much of the Decatur Biking and Running/Walking Trail is asphalt, and some is on-street, but at Point Mallard Park it turns into a shady, well-maintained gravel trail over smooth terrain.
Currently, the distance between Point Mallard and Rhodes Ferry Park is around 5 miles, but the city of Decatur plans to extend the trail to loop around Decatur itself. This will make it possible to commute safely as well as visit our historic downtown without having to step foot in a car.
Mallard Point has a water park, golf course, batting cages, camping, a year-round ice rink and much more.
The trail is open at all times and there are at least three main access points with parking. Across the Tennessee River form the trail, you will find the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, 35,000 acres that supports thousands of wintering waterfowl as well as a year-round population of many bird, mammal, fish, amphibian and reptile species.
Parking and Trail Access
In Decatur, along the Tennessee River, you will find three parking areas: the end point at Mallard Point Park, near the ice complex (8th Street); the other end point at Rhodes Ferry Park (Line St. NE & Oak St. NE); and at the intersection of 8th St. SE and Point Mallard Rd. SE.