The Clyde F. Boyles Greenway Trail extends 4.5 miles with additional phases planned. The trail is open to non-motorized traffic from dawn to dusk. Once completed, the trail will link residential neighborhoods with the Perkins Creek Nature Preserve, three city parks, 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 4.5 miles of trail including property acquisition is $2.262 million. The City is Paducah is grateful for the $1.259 million in State and Federal grants for the construction of the 4.5 miles of beautiful trail.
The Greenway Trail will link the following parks when completed:
Learn about the Greenway Trail and trail etiquette from Recreation Specialist Taylor Morsching in the following Paducah View video.
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
Attn: Greenway Trail Donation
P.O. Box 2267
Paducah, KY 42002-2267
(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 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.
(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.
(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.
Pedestrian Bridge "Bob Leeper Bridge" Linking City's Greenway Trail to McCracken County's Trail System: At its April 10, 2018, meeting, the Paducah Board of Commissioners approved an application through the Kentucky Department of Local Government for a federally funded Recreation Trails grant. The grant would help fund the purchase and installation of a pedestrian bridge over Perkins Creek to connect the City’s Greenway Trail with the McCracken County trail adjacent to the soccer complex. Signage also would be included in this project.
This proposed bridge would be approximately 110 feet long and 10 feet wide and would cross the creek just northwest of the Stuart Nelson ball fields (see picture). The proposed bridge and approach would follow an old, abandoned rail bed of the Chicago, St. Louis, and New Orleans Railroad Company. The proposed bridge would look similar to the bridge currently on the Greenway Trail near the disk golf course at Stuart Nelson Park.
At its January 8, 2019, meeting, the Paducah Board of Commissioners approved a municipal order to name the pedestrian bridge, the Bob Leeper Bridge. The City of Paducah, McCracken County, and Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership (FRNP) collaborated to develop this bridge. This partnership was arranged by former McCracken County Judge-Executive Bob Leeper. The bridge is being named in his honor for his three decades of community service as Judge-Executive, Kentucky State Senator, and City Commissioner.
Regarding the Recreation Trails grant, the City is the grant applicant and is entering into an interlocal agreement with McCracken County Fiscal Court. The City has been notified that the grant request of $100,000 will be funded pending environmental approval by the Federal Highway Administration. The City and County propose to provide an additional $30,000 each. Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership (FRNP) has committed to donating $30,000 toward the bridge project. Furthermore, two of FRNP’s subcontractors, Veolia and Geosyntec, are providing a total of $5,000 each.
Greenway Trail Phase IV: Phase IV of the Greenway Trail will extend the trail toward Schultz Park on the riverfront from its current terminus at Campbell Street near the Schroeder Expo Center. The trail will navigate pedestrians and cyclists along a path next to the concrete floodwall in front of the Convention Centers, go across the parking lot behind the Holiday Inn Paducah Riverfront, and then join with the new Riverfront Project adjacent to the Transient Boat Dock. The project involves adding approximately 3000 feet of pathways and trail in addition to lighting, benches, a shelter, and trash receptacles. After the design and construction procurement process, the City expects construction to begin in 2019. The City has received a TAP grant in the amount of $520,000 for this project. Currently, this phase is being designed by HDR Engineering.
Greenway Trail Phase V: After the Phase IV Greenway Trail project is completed, Phase V will take the trail from the Riverfront Project along the riverfront to Jefferson Street. This project will add the trail and greatly improve the existing Schultz Park. Features of the Phase V project include additional parking, landscaping and seating, erosion control, piping, lighting, and earthwork. Most notably, an archway structure will be created with local artist input welcoming trail users to the downtown area of Paducah. The archway will use the large columns currently located at the Riverfront. These columns are historical remnants of a rail cart system formerly used to transport sand out of the river in order to make concrete. This archway structure will be unique to the downtown corridor, capturing history and creating an inviting piece of art for visitors and trail users. The trail will divide in this area, creating a small path underneath the archway and a path outside of the archway, close to the riverbank. This area will be an artistic green space with rain gardens and plantings incorporated into design. The grant agreement for Phase V will be signed after the completion of Phase IV. The City has been notified that it will receive $403,156 in federal funding (TAP grant) for Phase V. Construction is expect to occur in 2019 once Phase IV is completed. Grant funds are not available until that time. At the January 23, 2018, meeting, the Paducah Board of Commissioners approved a $45,900 contract with Bacon, Farmer, Workman Engineering & Testing, Inc. for engineering and design services related to Phase V.
Note: Phase IV and V will be paid for through grants and the Boyle’s Estate Fund, a fund donated to the City specifically for Greenway Trail development.
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.