Local Spotlight: The Dr. Bill Sims Biking and Running/Walking Trail

the Dr. Bill Sims Biking and Running/Walking Trail

Make plans to get outside this winter and include an excursion on the Dr. Bill Sims Biking and Running/Walking Trail in Decatur.

About the Trail

In case you aren’t familiar with the Dr. Bill Sims Biking and Running/Walking Trail, it’s part of an ever-expanding network of trails. One of the main sections of this trail starts at Point Mallard Park.

From there it goes to Rhodes Ferry and continues to Wilson Morgan Park. Depending on where the Dr. Bill Sims Biking and Running/Walking Trail is accessed at Point Mallard, this portion of the trail is about 10 to 12 miles.

Bikers, runners and walkers alike will enjoy changing landscapes along the route.

For example, the Rhodes Ferry section runs along the banks of the Tennessee River near downtown. The area is also a popular venue for community events and gatherings.

Plus, it is one of the three access points for the 23-mile-long Dr. Bill Sims Bike Trail. Across the river, views of the 35,000-acre Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge add to the natural beauty.

Some parts of the bike trail include areas that are part of the sanctioned Cherokee Trail of Tears. Travelers can stroll, jog and bike their way into the heart of Decatur thanks to the trail as well.

As the route winds through the city, you will have the chance to admire the recently restored Historic Decatur Union Depot.

Currently, work continues to extend and connect various sections of the bike trail overall.

In the end, the city hopes to become a part of the Singing River Trail, a greenway trail planned to span 150 miles across north Alabama.

Summary

Did you know Summer Courtyard Apartments is a little over three miles away from Wilson Morgan Park? It’s another access point for the Dr. Bill Sims Biking and Running/Walking Trail. Find out more about us and our community by reading our blogs!

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