Hidden Springs Trail at Cedars of Lebanon

October 18, 2010 in Tennessee Hiking Trails by amylaree

Trail Head

Hidden Springs

And… We’re back!!

As mentioned in the last post, the last few months have been crammed with travels, moving & house repairs, so it was with great relief that I was finally able to get back on the trails. Last weekend Nate got his outdoors fix backpacking the Fiery Gizzard Trail at The Grundy Forest State Natural Area. This time Ezra and I were finally able to get out with him and rejoin the great outdoors.

For our return to the trails we took it easy on the Hidden Springs Trails at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park.

  1. Scenery:  2.o
  2. Difficulty: 1.5
  3. Length: 5.0
  4. Dog Friendliness: 3.5
  5. Convenience: 2.5
  6. Bonus Funtimes: 3.5
Sink hole

Sink Hole (pic doesn’t do it justice)

Scenery (2.0 out of 5.0): As the guidebooks pointed out, this trail’s most interesting attribute are the geologic features.  The area is pock marked with sink holes.  The sink holes were small enough to begin the trail, but as you make your way toward the last third of the trail, there really are some pretty interesting sink hole spots.  There’s also a cave near where the springs would’ve been had the water table not been so low from our very dry fall.  Aside from the geologic features, this trial didn’t have any spectacular scenery, but made for a nice enough afternoon outing.

Difficulty (1.5 out of 5.0): This trail is primo for anyone looking to get out for a simple walk in the woods.  The trail is very well marked and and is truly one of the flattest outings we’ve encountered.  The distance, 5 miles, made for a great way to get out and stretch our legs after being cooped up for so long.  We broke the faintest of sweats, but that was probably due moreso to the 85 degree afternoon. (Seriously, it’s mid-October. It’s time for summer heat to HIT THE ROAD.)

Length: 5.0 miles

Golden Leaves

More Fall!

Fall Colors

More Fall!

Dog Friendliness (3.5 out of 5.0):  Ezra was probably the most excited to get out and about on this Sunday.  (There was lots of tail wagging & a long trail of dog slobber along the side of my CR-V).  Just as this path treated us to a nice, easy hike, it was a very dog friendly trail.  Had there been any sources of water we would’ve ranked this higher for the pooch.

Convenience (2.5 out of 5.0):  The Cedars of Lebanon park is an easy 40 minute drive from Nashville.

Slightly creepy trail markings

Bonus Funtimes (3.5 out of 5.0):  Cedars of Lebanon was rockin’ on this lazy Sunday afternoon.  With everything from hiking to cabins & tent camping to playgrounds and even a robust frisbee golf park, the area is chock-full of activities.  And as an added bonus, there’s a pretty sizable flea market just outside the park’s entrance if you’re in need of picking up some random junk/rare finds!




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