Cheeks Bend Bluff View Trail
3145 Cheeks Bend Bluff View Trail; Columbia, Tn 38401
Hiking Near the Duck River
Family Friendly Trail near the Duck River
Cheeks Bend Bluff View Trail is within the Duck River Natural Area, near Columbia, Tennessee. The Natural Area is a 2,135-acre natural area complex in Maury County that consists of six natural areas within the 12,800-acre Yanahli Wildlife Management Area and it is managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
The entire area and this trail are typically not crowded. The Cheeks Bend Bluff Trail is essentially an out an back but with a small loop at the ‘out’. It’s only got about ~250 feet of elevation (on the way up). It’s best done in the winter / early spring as visibility is not great in the more lush months. Be prepared for very wet trails – it’s best to wear boots. At the time of writing, we followed a very wet trail in which was more like a creek than a trail! At the ‘out’, there is nice visibility of the river below but it can get pretty deep. It’s a great spot for a rest with a snack on the large rocks on the bluff.
Dogs are allowed but must be leashed. No bathrooms at the trailhead.
Directions: The parking area at Cheeks Bend is on Cheeks Bend Road one mile south of Sowell Mill Pike approximately two miles east of I-65. From I-65 exit to highway 412/99 and head west approximately one mile and turn left on Rock Springs Road and go approximately four miles to Sowell Mill Pike and turn left and go approximately three miles and turn right on Cheeks Bend Road.