Greenway Trail

About the Greenway Trail

DUE TO COVID-19, WE ASK THAT ALL PARTICIPANTS COMPLY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES WHILE USING THE TRAILS. 

The Clyde F. Boyles Greenway Trail extends more than 5 miles.  The trail is open to non-motorized traffic from dawn to dusk.  The trail links residential neighborhoods with the Perkins Creek Nature Preserve, three city parks, the McCracken County trail system, and the riverfront.  Distance markers, shelters, and benches are located along the trail.  

Since the Greenway Trail plan was initiated around 2001, the cost to complete the 5 miles of trail including property acquisition is more than  $3 million.  The City is Paducah is grateful for the nearly $2 million in State and Federal grants for the construction of this beautiful trail.

The Greenway Trail links the following parks:

Perkins Creek Nature Preserve       Stuart Nelson Park       Noble Park        Schultz Park

Learn about the Greenway Trail and trail etiquette from Taylor Morsching with the Parks & Recreation Department in the following Paducah View video.

Paducah View (episode 34) - Greenway Trail Etiquette

The Clyde F. Boyles Greenway Trail is funded in part thanks to income from an endowment from the Boyles estate.  Lanelle Boyles, who died December 31, 2005, bequeathed a portion of the estate to the City of Paducah to be used for walking and biking trails in memory of her husband, Clyde F. Boyles.  The endowment is managed by the Community Foundation of West Kentucky, Inc.

The City has set up a Greenway Trail Donation Fund to accept monetary donations for use in the ongoing construction of the Greenway Trail.  Make your tax deductible contribution to the City of Paducah.  Send your donation to

Paducah City Hall
Finance Department
Attn:  Greenway Trail Donation
P.O. Box 2267
Paducah, KY  42002-2267

Greenway Trail 5K Maps

Existing Trail Segments (total 5 miles)

Greenway Bridge

County Park Road to Noble Park

(markers every tenth of a mile from 0.00 to 1.5)  

This segment of trail, 1.75 miles in length, is mainly a fine rocky surface which is soft for walkers and joggers but great for bicyclists, too.  The trail extends from County Park Road to Noble Park.  It winds behind the former Bluegrass Downs and bisects the Disc Golf Course at Stuart Nelson Park.  The best locations to access the trail and park are at Stuart Nelson Park and Noble Park.  At Stuart Nelson Park, the trail is at the back of the park next to the Disc Golf Course and circles around next to the ball fields.  At Noble Park, the trailhead is next to the Skatepark and the ball fields.  Ample parking is available at Noble Park.  This segment of trail was unveiled at a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 1, 2008. 

Map of Greenway Trail (County Park Road to Noble Park) >>

Underpass at ribbon cutting

Noble Park to North 8th Street/U.S. 45

(quarter mile markers approximately 1.75 to 3.00) 

The stretch of concrete trail between Noble Park and North 8th Street/U.S. 45 is 6,200 feet (1.2 miles) in length.  It begins at Noble Park next to the Skatepark and winds along the top of the floodwall earthen levee. The trail crosses Cairo Road with signage and pavement markings in place to alert the trail-users and drivers. The trail also includes a 52-foot long lighted pedestrian underpass to allow the safe crossing of North 8th Street/U.S. 45. The underpass involves trail-users taking a gentle path off the floodwall levee, traversing the short underpass, and then going back up onto the levee.  Retaining walls are on either end of the underpass as you go up and down the levee. The best place to park is next to the Skatepark at Noble Park.  Construction began in 2013 and was finished in the fall of 2014.  A ribbon cutting ceremony was held October 22, 2014.  This phase is funded in part by a federal Transportation Enhancement grant. To learn more about this phase and the decision to construct an underpass for the North 8th Street crossing, please watch the February 19, 2013 City Commission meeting, view the Greenway Trail Underpass Slides, or read the March 3, 2013 Letter to the Editor submitted by the City of Paducah.

Video from October 22, 2014 Greenway Trail Ribbon Cutting (9 minutes) >>

Greenway Trail

North 8th Street/U.S. 45 to Campbell Street next to Schroeder Expo Center

(quarter mile markers approximately 3.00 to 4.50) 

The concrete trail 8800 feet (1.67 miles) in length starts on the east side of North 8th Street/U.S. 45 behind the Smoke Shop near the Brookport Bridge and winds along the top of the floodwall earthen levee toward downtown ending at Campbell Street next to the Schroeder Expo Center.  The best place to park is at the Expo Center.  This section of the Greenway Trail was funded in part by a 2006 federal Transportation Enhancement grant. After an official groundbreaking on August 3, 2012, this segment of trail was completed in 2013. 

Phase IV ribbon cutting

Campbell Street to Riverfront

(Mile 4.5 to 5.0)

The stretch of concrete trail between Noble Park and North 8th Street/U.S. 45 is 6,200 feet (1.2 miles) in length.  It begins at Noble Park next to the Skatepark and winds along the top of the floodwall earthen levee. The trail crosses Cairo Road with signage and pavement markings in place to alert the trail-users and drivers. The trail also includes a 52-foot long lighted pedestrian underpass to allow the safe crossing of North 8th Street/U.S. 45. The underpass involves trail-users taking a gentle path off the floodwall levee, traversing the short underpass, and then going back up onto the levee.  Retaining walls are on either end of the underpass as you go up and down the levee. The best place to park is next to the Skatepark at Noble Park.  Construction began in 2013 and was finished in the fall of 2014.  A ribbon cutting ceremony was held October 22, 2014.  This phase is funded in part by a federal Transportation Enhancement grant. 

Phase IV of the Greenway Trail extends the trail toward Schultz Park on the riverfront from Campbell Street near the Schroeder Expo Center.  The trail navigates pedestrians and cyclists along a path next to the concrete floodwall in front of the Convention Centers, goes across the parking lot behind the Holiday Inn Paducah Riverfront, and then joins with the new Riverfront Project adjacent to the Transient Boat Dock.  The project involves adding approximately 3500 feet of trail and 1300 linear feet of sidewalk in addition to lighting, benches, a shelter, and trash receptacles.  The City received a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant in the amount of $520,000 for this project.  This phase was designed by HDR Engineering with Youngblood Excavating & Contracting, LLC receiving the construction contract.  The ribbon cutting was held October 28, 2019.

 

Upcoming Trail Segments and Projects

proposed greenway bridge locationPedestrian Bridge "Bob Leeper Bridge" Linking City's Greenway Trail to McCracken County's Trail System: 

McCracken County and the City of Paducah held a ribbon cutting celebration on September 11, 2020, for the Bob Leeper Pedestrian Bridge.  The 10-foot wide bridge is open for the public’s use.  Over the past several weeks, Lexington-based Adams Contracting has been working to set in place the 110-foot long pedestrian bridge over Perkins Creek.  This bridge connects the more than five miles of the City’s Greenway Trail to McCracken County’s 1.5-mile trail loop.  The bridge and trail approach follow an abandoned rail bed of the Chicago, St. Louis, and New Orleans Railroad Company.

The bridge is named in honor of former McCracken County Judge-Executive Bob Leeper who worked to coordinate the public-private partnership for this bridge.  The bridge honors Leeper’s three decades of community service as Judge-Executive, Kentucky State Senator, and City Commissioner.

The partners who joined together to fund this parks asset are as follows:

  • Federal Highway Administration Recreation Trails Grant
  • Boyles Estate Community Foundation
  • Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership
  • McCracken County
  • City of Paducah
  • Geosyntec Consultants
  • Veolia Nuclear Solutions Federal Services

Greenway Trail Phase V - Ribbon Cutting on September 25: 

The public is invited to a ribbon cutting celebration on Friday, September 25 at 10 a.m. for Greenway Trail Phase V.  This new section of the Clyde F. Boyles Greenway Trail stretches from Jefferson Street through Schultz Park along the riverfront.  To celebrate with the City, park in the Farmers’ Market parking lot at Second Street and Monroe and gather for the ribbon cutting at the floodwall opening at Monroe Street.  Attendees are asked to wear facial coverings and maintain social distancing during the celebration.   

In April, 2020, the City approved a contract with Jim Smith Contracting of Grand Rivers for this project which added 900 feet of walking/biking trail and improved the vehicular traffic flow through Schultz Park.  Landscaping has been added, and lighting will be installed soon.  For safety and to improve the traffic flow through the park, the Monroe Street floodwall entrance is permanently closed to vehicular traffic.  It is accessible for pedestrians and cyclists.Phase V is taking the trail from the Riverfront Project along the riverfront to Jefferson Street.  Plus, it greatly improves the existing Schultz Park.  The large columns will remain.  They are historical remnants of a rail cart system formerly used to transport sand out of the river in order to make concrete. 

Greenway Trail Phase V is funded primarily with a Federal Highway Administration Transportation Alternatives Program grant administered by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.  The City’s match is funded from the Boyles Estate Community Foundation.  In addition to contractor Jim Smith Contracting, the City appreciates the work on this project from the following subcontractors: James Sanders Nursery, Wilkins Construction Company, Jay’s Electric, and Brehm Striping Company.  BFW Engineering of Paducah completed the project’s engineering and design documents.

Perkins Creek Nature Preserve Greenway Trail Extension:  An application will be made in the future for grant funding to extend the Greenway Trail west through Perkins Creek Nature Preserve.  This extension would provide nearly another mile of trail which would be a combination of paved and densely packed gravel with raised walkways.