Oak Ridge Greenways -Eastern Section

Oak Ridge has many greenways throughout the city. This gallery covers the Melton Lake, Delaware Loop, Gallaher Bend, and Northridge Greenways.
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1 The Oak Ridge <strong> North Ridge Greenway</strong> trail runs for nearly 8 miles along the northern ridge. See link to Oak Ridge Greenways for map and entrance points. Being a north-facing trail, there is an abundance of wildflowers. Be aware of pois...

The Oak Ridge North Ridge Greenway trail runs for nearly 8 miles along the northern ridge. See link to Oak Ridge Greenways for map and entrance points. Being a north-facing trail, there is an abundance of wildflowers. Be aware of pois...

The Oak Ridge North Ridge Greenway trail runs for nearly 8 miles along the northern ridge. See link to Oak Ridge Greenways for map and entrance points. Being a north-facing trail, there is an abundance of wildflowers. Be aware of poison ivy, which is also abundant. Parts of this trail are quite steep. 1748
2 This part of the Northridge trail was carpeted with trout lilies, toothwort, spring beauties, violets, and many other flowers in mid-March.

This part of the Northridge trail was carpeted with trout lilies, toothwort, spring beauties, violets, and many other flowers in mid-March.

This part of the Northridge trail was carpeted with trout lilies, toothwort, spring beauties, violets, and many other flowers in mid-March. 1605
3 Northridge trail creek

Northridge trail creek

Northridge trail creek 1645
4 Celandine Poppies blooming on the Northridge Trail. I was amazed when I saw this part of the trail on 04-04-04, the upper part of the ridge was still brown and had very few wildflowers. As I walked down the trail into the valley along the stream, there...

Celandine Poppies blooming on the Northridge Trail. I was amazed when I saw this part of the trail on 04-04-04, the upper part of the ridge was still brown and had very few wildflowers. As I walked down the trail into the valley along the stream, there...

Celandine Poppies blooming on the Northridge Trail. I was amazed when I saw this part of the trail on 04-04-04, the upper part of the ridge was still brown and had very few wildflowers. As I walked down the trail into the valley along the stream, there was an "explosion" of wildflowers, Oak Ridge's version of Shangri La! I was shocked and angered to see a man digging plastic shopping bags full of plants from this area. He didn't seem to care that it is against the law to dig from the Greenbelt forests. 1741
5 There are lots of pretty moss-covered rocks along the Northridge trail.

There are lots of pretty moss-covered rocks along the Northridge trail.

There are lots of pretty moss-covered rocks along the Northridge trail. 1618
6 A beautiful view of the Cumberland Mountains under a powerline cut along the Northridge trail. This would be a good area to look for meadow wildflowers in the summer and fall.

A beautiful view of the Cumberland Mountains under a powerline cut along the Northridge trail. This would be a good area to look for meadow wildflowers in the summer and fall.

A beautiful view of the Cumberland Mountains under a powerline cut along the Northridge trail. This would be a good area to look for meadow wildflowers in the summer and fall. 1688
7 As this sign implies, the North Ridge trail is only to be used for hiking and nature observation.

As this sign implies, the North Ridge trail is only to be used for hiking and nature observation.

As this sign implies, the North Ridge trail is only to be used for hiking and nature observation. 1603
8 I was sad to find this unsightly, illegal trash dump (just outside the Oak Ridge city limit) on the side of the road along the Northridge trail. It is unfortunate that some people have no respect for our beautiful countryside!

I was sad to find this unsightly, illegal trash dump (just outside the Oak Ridge city limit) on the side of the road along the Northridge trail. It is unfortunate that some people have no respect for our beautiful countryside!

I was sad to find this unsightly, illegal trash dump (just outside the Oak Ridge city limit) on the side of the road along the Northridge trail. It is unfortunate that some people have no respect for our beautiful countryside! 1608
9 Melton Lake Trailhead Sign.

Melton Lake Trailhead Sign.

Melton Lake Trailhead Sign. 1525
10 The 3.4 mile <strong>Melton Lake Greenway</strong> is paved and follows the river. It is a good place to look for wildflowers in the summer and fall. There are some aquatic flowers to enjoy along the way.

The 3.4 mile Melton Lake Greenway is paved and follows the river. It is a good place to look for wildflowers in the summer and fall. There are some aquatic flowers to enjoy along the way.

The 3.4 mile Melton Lake Greenway is paved and follows the river. It is a good place to look for wildflowers in the summer and fall. There are some aquatic flowers to enjoy along the way. 1675
11 The Marina at Melton Lake is a great place to look for birds too. Watch for mallard ducks, coots, herons, ospreys, Canada geese, and sea gulls (in the winter).

The Marina at Melton Lake is a great place to look for birds too. Watch for mallard ducks, coots, herons, ospreys, Canada geese, and sea gulls (in the winter).

The Marina at Melton Lake is a great place to look for birds too. Watch for mallard ducks, coots, herons, ospreys, Canada geese, and sea gulls (in the winter). 1483
12 The views of Melton Lake and the Cumberland Mountains along the trail are spectacular on a clear day!

The views of Melton Lake and the Cumberland Mountains along the trail are spectacular on a clear day!

The views of Melton Lake and the Cumberland Mountains along the trail are spectacular on a clear day! 1520
13 I couldn't resist photographing this little boy throwing popcorn to the ducks and one lone white goose along the Melton Lake Greenway!

I couldn't resist photographing this little boy throwing popcorn to the ducks and one lone white goose along the Melton Lake Greenway!

I couldn't resist photographing this little boy throwing popcorn to the ducks and one lone white goose along the Melton Lake Greenway! 1590
14 The Marina at Melton Lake stays busy in the spring and summer with rowers. This long, straight section of the Clinch river is used by rowers from all over the country for races. The trail runs under the judges' tower.

The Marina at Melton Lake stays busy in the spring and summer with rowers. This long, straight section of the Clinch river is used by rowers from all over the country for races. The trail runs under the judges' tower.

The Marina at Melton Lake stays busy in the spring and summer with rowers. This long, straight section of the Clinch river is used by rowers from all over the country for races. The trail runs under the judges' tower. 1554
15 Sometimes Melton Lake Greenway walkers get an extra treat of watching a collegiate regatta at one of the best rowing sites in the US.

Sometimes Melton Lake Greenway walkers get an extra treat of watching a collegiate regatta at one of the best rowing sites in the US.

Sometimes Melton Lake Greenway walkers get an extra treat of watching a collegiate regatta at one of the best rowing sites in the US. 1725
16 Rowers on Melton Hill Lake

Rowers on Melton Hill Lake

Rowers on Melton Hill Lake 1620
17 View of Melton Hill Lake and the Bull Run Steamplant from the Melton Lake Greenway.

View of Melton Hill Lake and the Bull Run Steamplant from the Melton Lake Greenway.

View of Melton Hill Lake and the Bull Run Steamplant from the Melton Lake Greenway. 2311
18 The <strong>Delaware Trail</strong> is a loop trail.

The Delaware Trail is a loop trail.

The Delaware Trail is a loop trail. 1672
19 The Delaware Trail trailhead is next to a city utility building at the Delaware Ave. - East Drive split. This trail has lots of wildflowers in the early spring, including Rue Anemone, Bluets, and Trillium. A little spring-fed stream runs along part of ...

The Delaware Trail trailhead is next to a city utility building at the Delaware Ave. - East Drive split. This trail has lots of wildflowers in the early spring, including Rue Anemone, Bluets, and Trillium. A little spring-fed stream runs along part of ...

The Delaware Trail trailhead is next to a city utility building at the Delaware Ave. - East Drive split. This trail has lots of wildflowers in the early spring, including Rue Anemone, Bluets, and Trillium. A little spring-fed stream runs along part of the trail. 1805
20 Delaware Trail

Delaware Trail

Delaware Trail 1482
21 Oak Ridge has some interesting karst geology, such as this large sinkhole. This is found along the Delaware Trail.

Oak Ridge has some interesting karst geology, such as this large sinkhole. This is found along the Delaware Trail.

Oak Ridge has some interesting karst geology, such as this large sinkhole. This is found along the Delaware Trail. 2374
22 Bluets (a.k.a. Quaker Ladies) I found blooming on the Delaware Trail on March 22.

Bluets (a.k.a. Quaker Ladies) I found blooming on the Delaware Trail on March 22.

Bluets (a.k.a. Quaker Ladies) I found blooming on the Delaware Trail on March 22. 1727
23 This is where the Delaware Loop Trail splits off the Northridge Trail. Note the red trail blazes on the dead tree.

This is where the Delaware Loop Trail splits off the Northridge Trail. Note the red trail blazes on the dead tree.

This is where the Delaware Loop Trail splits off the Northridge Trail. Note the red trail blazes on the dead tree. 1592
24 The Gallehar Bend trail has a winter starting place and a summer starting place. The winter gate (shown here), by the boat ramp, is 1/2-mile from the trailhead. The summer gate is near the swimming area.

The Gallehar Bend trail has a winter starting place and a summer starting place. The winter gate (shown here), by the boat ramp, is 1/2-mile from the trailhead. The summer gate is near the swimming area.

The Gallehar Bend trail has a winter starting place and a summer starting place. The winter gate (shown here), by the boat ramp, is 1/2-mile from the trailhead. The summer gate is near the swimming area. 1587
25 The Gallaher Bend trail follows a gravel road through an old farm out onto a beautiful peninsula overlooking Melton Hill Lake. Much of this trail passes through federal property, so please stay on the marked trail.

The Gallaher Bend trail follows a gravel road through an old farm out onto a beautiful peninsula overlooking Melton Hill Lake. Much of this trail passes through federal property, so please stay on the marked trail.

The Gallaher Bend trail follows a gravel road through an old farm out onto a beautiful peninsula overlooking Melton Hill Lake. Much of this trail passes through federal property, so please stay on the marked trail. 2001
26 The fall flowers in the fields are nice along the Gallaher Bend trail.

The fall flowers in the fields are nice along the Gallaher Bend trail.

The fall flowers in the fields are nice along the Gallaher Bend trail. 1579
27 Sign at Elza Gate Park located on the Oak Ridge Turnpike on the east end of town. This is the beginning of the Worthington Greenway Trail.

Sign at Elza Gate Park located on the Oak Ridge Turnpike on the east end of town. This is the beginning of the Worthington Greenway Trail.

Sign at Elza Gate Park located on the Oak Ridge Turnpike on the east end of town. This is the beginning of the Worthington Greenway Trail. 1692
28 The Trailhead of the Worthington Greenway Trail begins in Elza Gate Park.

The Trailhead of the Worthington Greenway Trail begins in Elza Gate Park.

The Trailhead of the Worthington Greenway Trail begins in Elza Gate Park. 1499
29 The Worthington trail crosses a railroad track.

The Worthington trail crosses a railroad track.

The Worthington trail crosses a railroad track. 1523
30 The Worthington trail is a good place to look for birds and other wildlife.

The Worthington trail is a good place to look for birds and other wildlife.

The Worthington trail is a good place to look for birds and other wildlife. 1603
31 The trail passes an old cemetery. Many of the graves date back to the 1800's, long before Oak Ridge was in existence.

The trail passes an old cemetery. Many of the graves date back to the 1800's, long before Oak Ridge was in existence.

The trail passes an old cemetery. Many of the graves date back to the 1800's, long before Oak Ridge was in existence. 1635
32 A pretty cove along the Worthington trail. This area had some interesting wildflowers.

A pretty cove along the Worthington trail. This area had some interesting wildflowers.

A pretty cove along the Worthington trail. This area had some interesting wildflowers. 1672
33 This Slender Gerardia was blooming in the cedar barrens area of the Worthington Trail in early September.

This Slender Gerardia was blooming in the cedar barrens area of the Worthington Trail in early September.

This Slender Gerardia was blooming in the cedar barrens area of the Worthington Trail in early September. 1639

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