Flat Rock Cedar Glades and Barrens Hike Trail

Flat Rock Cedar Glades and Barrens Hike Trail is a 3.5 mile loop trail located near Murfreesboro, TN and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.5 miles 147 feet Loop
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Chelsy Winton

1 Completed1 Reviews

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Freddy Myers

8 Completed1 Reviews

Great hike, well marked. Much longer than what shows here.

JS Brown

8 Completed1 Reviews

Pleasant short walk. vegetation variety touted by Park Service lost on me, but enjoyed varying ecosystems. Plentiful rocks are slippery when wet (no I did not fall). Need to try longer loop when time allows.

Elle Price

5 Completed5 Reviews

This cedar glade trail is nice for spotting a variety of interesting flora. Rocks with fossil impressions are also prevalent along the perimeter of the large fielded area. It's a nice trail that isn't too long for small children.

Stephen Turner

4 Completed4 Reviews

Nice wilderness trail. This could be considered more of a nature walk than a hike in my opinion. The terrain and scenery is very diverse, and there are some spots that are a little trickier to navigate. It's great for dogs. I enjoyed it over all.

Cindy O.

It's a lovely hike and feels very "far from the things of man" despite being barely ten minutes outside of Murfreesboro and the MTSU campus. My only negative comment is that the trail is not very clearly marked in some places. I wrote a pretty thorough blog post about it, including several photos, in case anyone's interested in more details. See the "helpful link" I've included.

Robert Harrison

2 Completed1 Reviews

not a bad little trail. a couple spots that a kind of technical or at least beyond my skill level so I got off the bike and walked it over them but other wise was a nice short little loop. Considering Murfreesboro doesn't have any MTB trails, this one being close by, was refreshing to find.

Charlie Stout

1 Completed1 Reviews

I hiked this with my wife and son prepping for a Savage Gulf trip. I wanted a flat easy trail comparable to the one we plan at SG. The trail head was easy to find and I snagged a shady spot in the small gravel lot. A small information board and stone memorial marker provide some background of the area. The trail starts on a dirt root tangled path for about a half mile then turns into a stream bed before opening up to alternating stretches of open fields, mossy woods and cedar barrens. We encountered a few small inclines. The toughest obstacles were the loose limestone rocks in the stream beds but that only lasts about 3/4 mile. I haven't seen it pointed out but there are actually two trails. There is a shorter 1.4 mile inner loop (purple) and a longer 3.5 mile outer loop (blue). I highly recommend the outer loop. The inner loop is simply a short cut across a field that chops the outer loop in half. The main sights for our visit were wild flowers, large glades, and a few crystal clear springs bubbling out of the earth and across some open fields. We saw no wildlife but weren't really looking for it either. Sometimes the trail blazes are infrequent so carrying a GPS helps (we used the everytrail map which is more accurate than allrail). But major turns are clearly marked with steel arrow markers and there are enough blazes to get you through the confusing areas. After about 1.5 miles blue and purple tree blazes turn into rock piles with marked poles. At one point a simple broom handle with the broom still attached marked a turn (probably put up by a hiker). How cool is that! My son and were in "Bear Grylls" mode and were keeping our eyes out for survival features like water sources and edible plants. We found some edible field grasses and next time we'll bring our water filter bottles for the springs and creeks we encountered - not that we'd need it but just for the awesome factor. It was a beautiful cool day and we really enjoyed this hike. We'll be back. This trail is a nice contrast to Barfield Backcountry and Stones River Battlefield Boundary trails.

Matthew Togger

7 Completed1 Reviews

This trail is beautiful! There are flowers and butterflys everywhere and very low traffic. I only saw two other people as I was leaving. 95% of the trail is flat but there are some rocks so I would recommend wearing shoes. Due to the nature of the landscape I would also recommend using an organic insect and tick repellent. After moving through some tall grass I found two ticks on my socks.
The trails are clearly blazed with blue and purple. If you dont like walking into spider webs carry a stick when moving through the wooded sections.
In terms of wild life I saw one black snake and two lizards, along with a wide variety of insects and amazing fungi. Surprisingly I did not see or hear a great number of birds but that may have had to do with the temperature. The rocks do hold an extreme amount of heat so be sure to pack in plenty of water if you are visiting in the summer months.
My only major complaint was the map at the trail head. It is very old and vague, but with the clearly marked trails I was never worried about getting lost. (I also had a compass).
The parking area is small and the sign is hard to see so you have to pay attention; I passed it twice. The trail head is 0.9 miles from Halls Hill Pike.
considering how close this trail was to my apartment beside MTSU(5 miles) I was pleased with the escape I was able to find.

Call with any questions. 304 395 6745