Paducah Greenway

Kentucky

Paducah Greenway Facts

States: Kentucky
Counties: McCracken
Length: 4.5 miles
Trail end points: County Park Rd. and Campbell Rd.
Trail surfaces: Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 9538383
Trail activities: Bike, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Paducah Greenway Description

The Paducah Greenway (simply, The Greenway to locals, and officially, the Clyde F. Boyles Greenway Trail) is a 4.5-mile non-motorized pathway that links Paducah’s neighborhoods, parks and natural areas. Three of the planned five phases of construction have been completed and there are plans to extend the trail along the Ohio River riverfront and through the Perkins Creek Nature Preserve.

The trail exists in two main segments. The first one runs from Noble Park around Bluegrass Downs, through Stuart Nelson Park and terminates at County Park Road. This 1.75-mile portion is surfaced with gravel, and offers a pleasant woodland ride.

The second segment also begins at Noble Park, but travels north along the top of the floodwall levee. There is a marked at-grade crossing at Cairo Road. The only other major road crossing is via a 52-ft lighted pedestrian underpass under North 8th Street/ US 45. Following this the trail reemerges onto the top of the levee and then continues east up to Campbell St, just north of the Paducah Expo Center.

There are distance markers all along the completed segments of greenway as well as trailsdie benches at intervals.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking and access to the trail can be found at Stuart Nelson Park  (175 S Nelson Park Rd); Noble Park (2801 Park Ave); and the Paducah Expo Center (1 Executive Blvd). The trailhead at Noble Park is next to the Skatepark. 

 

 

Paducah Greenway Reviews

We rolled to the historic Bob Noble Park on a hot summer Saturday to enjoy Paducah. Riding around the park to warmup, we hit the top of the levee rest stop and decided to head west first. The West Side is a short, tree lined wide gravel path that runs slightly past Stuart Nelson Park. We rode through a disk golf fairway prior to arriving and ridding around this peaceful park and wondered if this used to be their old fairground. The remaining section from the park to the trailhead was a little rough with washed & soft gravel spots. Returning to the rest stop, we rode atop the levee on the East Side. The trail on this side is concrete and unshaded with mostly industrial sites on the south and the Ohio River to the north. The trail terminates at the new convention center, but we decided to explore downtown on bikes (take your time to read the historic markers). We relaxed at the river park behind the levee murals to watch the working tow boats. Once downtown, go explore bike friendly Paducah with its great restaurants, museums, train engine #1518, theatres, arts center, unique architecture and the old Market building. Upon returning to the park, spend a couple of dollars to cool down & swim at the park pool for a totally enjoyable day.

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