River/Creek · Wildlife
Not really much of a trail run, but a good alternative if other trails are too far away to be practical.
Tucked beside the Hwy. 76 bridge over Reedy River is a gem most people haven't discovered yet. The Charlie Lollis Memorial Park was established in 2016 a few years after her sister park, the Karl Dixon Park, was opened on Boyd's Mill Pond a little more than four miles downstream.
It features a 0.25-mile paved and handicapped-accessible nature trail, a kayak/canoe launch, and a Class III rapid (Tumbling Shoals) just upstream. The parking lot is located just off the highway, and there is also a small place to park by the boat ramp to make loading/unloading canoes or kayaks easier. The ramp also connects to the main trail via a very short connector.
The trail itself is well-maintained, perfect for everyone, and is mostly flat and level. It travels alongside the river for a bit, before turning into the hardwood forest to loop back around to the parking lot. If you go along the trail in a clockwise direction (as mapped), the only hill you'll encounter is right at the beginning, but it's downhill. So go counter-clockwise to push yourself a little harder at the end!
Shared By: Chloe Patterson