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.
A Tale of Two Trails...
It was the best of trails; it was the worst of trails. Well, that may be overstating it a little but the Decatur Trail (now officially named the Dr. Bill Sims Hike-Bike Way) really could be considered two trails. The best part of the trail is the southern ...
Wasted a whole day.
Started at Rhodes Ferry Park but couldn't figure out which way the trail went. I asked a UPS delivery guy in the area but he had no idea a trail even existed-not a good sign. He did point me in the direction of Point Mallard. About 100 yards from the ...