Flat Rock Cedar Glades and Barrens Hike

October 2, 2011 in Tennessee Hiking Trails by amylaree

Flat Rock Cedar Glades and Barrens State Nature Area
Back on the trail.

We took advantage of our first Post-renovation, -wedding, -honeymoon weekend to get back to checking out local hikes.  To ease us back onto the trail, Nate picked out Flat Rock Cedar Glades and Barrens Nature Area, a relatively new trail just outside of Murfreesboro.

  1. Scenery:  2.0
  2. Difficulty:  1.5
  3. Length:  3.4 miles
  4. Dog Friendly Factor: 3.0
  5. Convenience:  3
  6. Bonus Funtimes: 1.5
Prairie lands into the woods

Mix of prairie & woods.

Scenery (2.0 out of 5.0):  Flat Rock provides a nice variety in scenery — almost as if you get a few different hikes all in one.  Starting off, the trail is covered and seems like it will be a typical wooded Tennessee trail, similar to the Meriweather Lewis trail we did last year.  This trail, however, changes up into more of a prairie feel and at other times the path travels onto dried out rock-strewn creek beds and alongside sinkholes.

Difficulty (1.5 out of 5.0):  The trail remains mostly flat, making it an easy stroll through the woods.  You’ll want to keep a look out as the path terrain changes frequently.  It starts out as a tree root-strewn path that makes for easy tripping, and then alternates between rock paths that may challenge ankles and easy dirt trails throughout the remainder of the trail.

Confusing trail signs.

The other aspect of the trail that made it ever-so-slightly more of a challenge is the confusion of the trial markers.

Well marked at first, the the mix of blue/purple/ turquoise markers left us a little confused.

Fortunately, there aren’t too many ways to get lost and for the most part the markers are just fine — they just left us scratching our heads a few times.

Nate & Coltrane on the homestretch.

Length:  3.4 miles.  We finished the hike in just under 1.5 hours.

Dog Friendly Factor (3.0 out of 5.0):  This was an easy and fun hike for both humans and dogs.  There weren’t watering holes for the dogs to stop for a drink, but at only 3.4 miles and a nice 65 degrees, this wasn’t too arduous of a hike the dogs.  We did have some water on hand to give them a drink mid-trail, though.

Bonus Funtimes (1.5 out of 5.0):  There’s not much out near this trail, but if you want to tack on another stop or two at hikes that are in the Murfreesboro area, it’d make for a nice day bumming around trails in the M’boro area.

 

 

 


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