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Murfreesboro reopens Walter Hill Park, north greenway

Murfreesboro's Parks and Recreation Department reopened Walter Hill Park and the North Murfreesboro Greenway Wednesday following a week-long closure, the city announced.

More:Murfreesboro extends greenway in Walter Hill

The closure took place Dec. 26 after a resident notified the city that water was spilling from a hole in the Walter Hill Dam.

More:Murfreesboro temporarily closes Walter Hill Park, north greenway

 A team of engineers and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Safe Dams personnel evaluated the dam. Additionally, “unusual flow patterns” detected at the site were determined to have been caused by a man-made structural ledge in the dam wall, part of a former concrete low-level drain plugged in 1983, officials said.

The inspection was requested by the city in the event the dam had sustained damage from high river flows during heavy rainfall that occurred Dec. 22-23.

No permanent structures along the Stones River were believed to be in danger of flooding from an unlikely dam failure, but recreational activity, including fishing, was restricted downstream.

Engineering firm Smith Seckman and Reid, Inc. had already been contracted to provide an engineering assessment of the city-owned dam. The Water Resources Department had planned remedial work on the dam based on previous inspection work. 

Issued in September 2017, the city's current permit for Walter Hill Dam expires in 2019.

Sours: https://www.dnj.com/story/news/local/2018/01/03/murfreesboro-reopens-walter-hill-park-north-greenway/1000468001/

North Murfreesboro Greenway - Walter Hill to Central Valley

Review

Intro

When the time comes for some forest therapy and the chance to explore a new path, you can't go wrong with the 1.3 mile section of the North Murfreesboro Greenway between the Walter Hill Trailhead and the Central Valley Trailhead.

What Makes It Great

The North Murfreesboro Greenway runs from the Walter Hill Trailhead to the Central Valley Trailhead and includes some roller coaster elevation changes that could be more suitable for training for a rigorous backcountry trip than most of Murfreesboro's mostly flat elevation profile.

Just like the rest of Murfreesboro's more than 12 miles of existing Greenways, this trail allows you to access this area for nature hikes, walking, running, cycling, or in-line skating on a wide asphalt paved path.

The trail includes two overlooks for you to discover relaxing views of the East Fork of the Stones River, a series of switchbacks on a river-to-bluff section, and a pair of unique aluminum bridges crossing tributaries adjoining the river.

Breathe deeply the spicy scent of the ever-present Eastern Red Cedar Juniperus virginiana and enjoy outcroppings of limestone boulders that kids of all ages can climb.

The Central Valley Trailhead terminus incorporates longer parking spaces for horse trailers and includes a new connection point from Coleman Farm to the popular 18-mile Twin Forks Horse Trail. The horse trail has a rich history with nearly 2.5 miles sharing its course with the historic Trail of Tears. From this southern terminus, the horse trail runs to the Nice’s Mill Recreation Area with a total visitation of over 30,000 people a year. For a closeby bonus attraction, the Walter Hill Trailhead also adjoins the Walter Hill Park where you can visit the site of the first hydroelectric plant in Rutherford County; built in the 1920's, it was also one of the earliest operating in Tennessee.

All of these resources are a part of a long range city, county, and regional plan to connect natural spaces and communities via greenways, blueways, and bikeways for more accessible recreation corridors in Middle Tennessee. Over the next 25 years more than 65 miles of trails and 24 new trailheads have been proposed for development. The routes focus on improving connectivity between larger parks that already benefit communities and the neighborhoods and commercial districts that are isolated from natural spaces. Another goal focuses on providing trails to currently underserved segments of citizens.

Cohesive park and greenway rules also apply to the new section; for example, non-motorized bicycles are allowed, skateboards are prohibited, and horses are not allowed on the pedestrian trail. Each of the Greenway's trailheads open at daylight and close half an hour before sunset.

Who is Going to Love It

Families and day hikers will be eager to explore this quick hike with varied terrain, forests, and views, as will runners and cyclists (signs are posted for cyclists for awareness of steep grades). The overlooks are thoughtfully planned to take advantage of bluff views of the river and mature bottomland hardwood trees such as the stark white branches of the American Sycamore Platanus occidentalis. Park benches at the overlooks offer families a spot to regroup and cyclists to catch up while everyone enjoys the views.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

The Walter Hill Trailhead is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee about 9 miles north from the town square on the south side of the East Fork of the Stones River, one half mile south of Jefferson Pike on Highway 231 (Lebanon Road), and the trailhead on Central Valley Road is located approximately one mile from Highway 231. This trail is for day hikers, runners, in-line skaters, and cyclists only; there is no camping along the greenway.

Sours: https://rootsrated.com/nashville-tn/hiking/north-murfreesboro-greenway-walter-hill-to-central-valley
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Google map-satellite imagery of North Murfreesboro Greenway with Central Valley + Walter Hill Trailhead
The shaded 1.34-mile North Murfreesboro Greenwayruns between Central Valley Trailhead and Walter Hill Trailhead, providing dramatic views of the East Fork Stones River from the bluffs along the way. The trailhead is roughly one mile north of Highway 231 on an unnumbered stretch of Central Valley Road (between #1161 and #1171; map). Central Valley Trailhead also provides access to the Twin Forks Horse Trailand extended parking spaces for horse trailers.


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Adjacent Trailheads

Twin Forks Horse Trail
Twin Forks Horse Trail runs north along the East Fork Stones River from Central Valley Trailhead to the confluence with the West Fork Stones River near East Fork Recreation Area. From there, it follows the West Fork to the US Army Corps of Engineers' Nice Mill Dam Recreation Area on Percy Priest Lake - a distance of nearly 17 miles in all. Starting at Central Valley Trailhead, the first 1.75 miles of the trail is maintained by the City of Murfreesboro; the remaining 15+ miles is maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers. Horses are not allowed on the Greenway between Central Valley Trailhead and Walter Hill Trailhead, and that stretch is no longer part of the Twin Forks Trail. (History)

Map of trails with mileages marked. On satellite imagery.

2016 map of the Twin Forks Trail.Note:​ The North Murfreesboro Greenway between Central Valley Trailhead and Walter Hill Trailhead is no longer part of the Twin Forks Horse Trail. Horses are not allowed on the Greenway.

Sours: https://www.murfreesborotn.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Central-Valley-Trailhead-53
Walterhill to East Fork Paddle

(MURFREESBORO)  Around 5:15 Saturday afternoon, a man fell 15-feet from the top of the Walter Hill Dam to the rocks and stream below on the East Fork of the Stones River. 

Ladder 6, Battalion Chief’s 1 and 2, Safety 1, District’s 1 and 4 conducted the water rescue. 

After that Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services (RCEMS) transported the injured person to the ER at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital.

History of Walter Hill Dam

The dam is beside Walter Hill Park, a picnic, beach and North Murfreesboro Greenway area on the East Fork of the Stones River. It is operated by the Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department. 

One of the highlights of the area is an old two story brick building on the opposite shore of the Stones River. 

It began in 1804 as a mill site. 

Then around 1912 the Murfreesboro Light and Power Company constructed the building to house the hyrdoelectric plant that furnished parts of Murfreesboro with electricity.

After a 1918 flood, the complex was purchased by Southern Cities Power Company. It was transferred to Commonwealth Southern River Company in 1926. 

 

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Sours: https://www.wgnsradio.com/article/62261/man-falls-15-feet-from-walter-hill-dam

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Walter Hill Dam offers fun for free

WALTER HILL – Afternoon thunderstorms didn't deter Justin Meyers "one bit" from taking his family to splash around at the Walter Hill Dam, one of the area's favorite swimming holes. Adjacent is Walter Hill Park, run by the city of Murfreesboro, where people can park cars, picnic and have access to a nearby equestrian trail.

"The kids love playing in the water," said Meyers, who was there with some friends and their children on Friday afternoon.

Located off U.S. Highway 231 North between Thompson Lane and Jefferson Pike, you can still see the remains of the early 1900s hydroelectric station situated beside dam on the East Fork of the Stones River.

Above the waterfall at the dam it's deep enough that "you can swim in," Meyers said. Several concrete retainer walls also provide a perfect perch to watch the scenery, as well as a large gravel beach where families "can hang out," which is part of the reason he likes the spot so much.

"I took the kids to the Percy Priest Dam a few times, but there's not a cool chill spot … not a place you can hang out. Here, it's a lot nicer and there are places, like over there, you can spot fish," Meyers said. "It's free, that's the main thing."

His friend, Natasha Hawkins, said she loves coming out to the Walter Hill Dam because it brings back memories and "it's so beautiful out here." Her kids love the area as well, whether it's splashing in the current below the dam or collecting shells.

"I like swimming and skipping rocks," said 9-year-old Seth Meyers, who joined his dad to spend the afternoon playing in the water below the dam, rain or shine.

Albeit a fun, family-friendly spot for fishing and swimming, there are some dangers at Walter Hill Dam, and Hawkins admitted it "scares her a little bit."

The swimming spot has been the location for numerous drownings over the years.

"Murfreesboro Fire Department's Water Rescue Team wants to make sure the community is fully aware of the dangers of swimming and diving in open waters," said Ashley McDonald, public information officer for MFD.

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Safety tips

Murfreesboro Fire Department offered some water safety tips:

•First and foremost, never swim alone.

•Swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool. You need to be aware of uneven surfaces and river currents, especially after heavy rains and rising waters. The water may appear to be calm on the surface while a current could be surging below the surface.

•Do not dive into rivers and lakes, especially if you are unfamiliar with the depth or what might be hidden under the surface. There could be rocks, logs and other sharp objects.

•Children and adults should always wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets when swimming or engaging in other recreational activities in open water.

Meyers also warned about water snakes. Albeit harmless, snakes do tend to scare people, he said.

Although Meyers and Hawkins are relatively new to the community, James and Donna Dean have been here a half-dozen years and passed by the dam but never stopped. Recently they brought their grandsons down to the water to fish and returned for a second time on Friday. The rain didn't bother them, either. And they were glad to find shade trees by the water.

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Justin Stacey fishes without a fishing pole on rocks near Walter Hill Dam.

"Somebody told us about this place. It's just fun for them to cast out and see if they get a bite," Donna Dean said as they readied their poles.

Last time they visited Walter Hill Dam, around 50 people were sunbathing, fishing and kayaking, Donna Dean said.

They'll be back, James Dean said. But he hopes the city soon will improve the Walter Hill Park and walking paths down to the river. Walter Hill Park is an access point to a popular equestrian trail, the Twin Forks Trail.

Angela Jackson with Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation said plans are in the works to make improvements in the area soon, especially because it is next to a protected natural area and the endangered Stones River Bladder Pod, which needs to be preserved.

"It's a pretty unique place. ... People have fished at Walter Hill Park for generations, and when you add the growing popularity of paddle sports, the river access and boat launch brings a lot of people to the park," Jackson said. "With the future plans in partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers to improve the equestrian trail and add about three miles of greenway, there will be even more reasons to visit this site."

There is no admission charge at Walter Hill Dam, although the city of Murfreesboro does charge a special use fee if patrons need to reserve the picnic shelters on site. For details about booking space, or about the park and dam, call 615-890-5333.

Contact Nancy De Gennaro at 615-278-5148 or [email protected], or follow her on Twitter @DNJMama.

Sours: https://www.dnj.com/story/news/2015/06/21/neighborhood-walter-hill-dam/29078861/
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Maryland Farms Greenway Trail

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Richland Creek Greenway

TN - 5 miles

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Shelby Bottoms Greenway

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Town Creek Greenway

TN - 2.15 miles

Gallatin's Town Creek Greenway runs through downtown and connects to the Farmer's Market on one end and Triple Creek Park on the other. The paved trail accommodates both pedestrians and cyclists,...

Harpeth River Greenway

TN - 5.75 miles

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Accordion

South Carthage Rail Trail

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The South Carthage Rail Trail begins at the Smith County Agricultural Center and makes its way north toward downtown along Old Highway 53. It follows the former Carthage Branch of the Tennessee...

Cumberland River Greenway

TN - 7.58 miles

The Cumberland River Greenway is one of many forming Nashville's system of greenways throughout the city. Nashville's greenways link neighborhoods, schools, shopping areas, the downtown area, offices,...

440 Greenway

TN - 1 miles

The first phase of the 440 Greenway is 1.25 miles of paved trail linking two parks and providing a safe connection to neighborhoods previously divided by I-440 and I-40. The trail parallels I-440...

Mill Creek Greenway (TN)

TN - 3 miles

Mill Creek Greenway is one of many forming Nashville's system of greenways throughout the city. Nashville's greenways link neighborhoods, schools, shopping areas, the downtown area, offices,...

Peeler Park Greenway

TN - 1.9 miles

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Stones River Greenway

TN - 10 miles

Stones River Greenway is one of many forming Nashville's system of greenways throughout the city. Nashville's greenways link neighborhoods, schools, shopping areas, the downtown area, offices,...

Seven Mile Creek Greenway

TN - 0.5 miles

Seven Mile Creek Greenway is one of many forming Nashville's system of greenways throughout the city. Nashville's greenways link neighborhoods, schools, shopping areas, the downtown area, offices,...

Brookmeade Greenway

TN - 0.4 miles

Brookmeade Greenway is one of many forming Nashville's system of greenways throughout the city. Nashville's greenways link neighborhoods, schools, shopping areas, the downtown area, offices,...

Maryland Farms Greenway Trail

TN - 1 miles

The Maryland Farms Greenway Trail occupies the green buffer between commercial and residential subdivisons of Brentwood, Tennessee. The trail runs from behind the YMCA to Powell Park about a mile...

Alta Lake Greenway

TN - 0.7 miles

Alta Lake Greenway is one of many forming Nashville's system of greenways throughout the city. Nashville's greenways link neighborhoods, schools, shopping areas, the downtown area, offices, recreation...

Springfield Greenway

TN - 3 miles

The scenic Springfield Greenway meanders along a lush tree-lined creek in northern Springfield, just a half hour north of Nashville. The pathway is paved, flat and smooth, making for easy walking or...

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National Register of Historic Places – Walter Hill Dam

September 4, 2018, National Register of Historic Places

The ‘National Register’ is a phenomenal source of information regarding historic homes.  Search their database and you will find 49 properties as of September 1, 2018.

The following ‘Register’ entry is dated November 7, 1990:

The Walter Hill Hydroelectric Station is located in Rutherford County (population 95,948) on the East Fork of the Stones River.  The site is located via a two hundred foot access road just off U.S. Highway 231, one half mile south of Walter Hill, and approximately six miles north of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Although a conundrum exists concerning the exact date, 1912 appears to be the most likely year for the construction of a small power station built by the Murfreesboro Light and Power Company at Walter Hill, on the East Fork
of the Stones River, a mill site since 1804.  After a flood in 1918 damaged the dam the Southern Cities Power Company purchased the site and built the extant power station soon thereafter.  In 1926 the property was transferred to the Commonwealth Southern River Company.

A photograph from around the same date shows a two story frame mill building with gable supported by a stone foundation as firmly abutted against the hydroelectric station, most likely the housing for electrical transfer machinery.  This helps explain the missing third wall of the structure.  Likewise, a superintendent’s office stood nearby.  The picture is a graphic representation of the move towards electrification and the modernization it represented, and of cultural lag seen often times in such periods of fundamental transition in mores and ways of doing things.  The old mill building and what appears to have been a brick factory in the distance most likely utilized the new hydroelectric power.  Power continued to be produced at the Walter Hill site until 1934 until a subsidiary of Commonwealth Southern River Company, Murfreesboro Light and Power, shut down the generator.  1939 marked the acquisition of the property by the TVA, which continued to produce power until September 26, 1940 when the site was sold to the city of Murfreesboro.  It ceased producing electricity in 1941.  The site is currently leased by the City of Murfreesboro to the Tennessee Highway Department which manages it as roadside park.

The Walter Hill Hydroelectric Station is significant under National Register criterion C for engineering because it represents the kind of hydroelectric engineering projects typical at the time of its construction on the smaller rivers of the State of Tennessee.  Its design and size, while not unique among its class in the Volunteer State, display the
characteristic vertical emphasis of what can be called “early hydro-style.”

It provided the electric needs of the town of and environs of Murfreesboro until 1941 it ceased operation.

The Walter Hill Hydroelectric Station is likewise significant under National Register criterion A, as it represents a change in the business of trading, commerce, services and commodities, and the gradual introduction
of electricity into everyday human existence during the early twentieth century in Tennessee.

The dam is a concrete gravity structure approximately fifteen (15) feet high and 250 feet long with an overflow spillway section approximately 180 feet long.

The steel reinforced concrete foundation supports a brick powerhouse, approximately eighteen feet by twenty-four feet, located on the right (north) side of the Stones River. It originally housed a 192-kW vertical turbine and generator.  The turbine intake consists of three openings, five feet wide in the powerhouse headwall which were controlled by three slide gates.  The dam and power house were considered by the TVA “to be in good condition considering the age of the project.”

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