As 1862 drew to a close, President Abraham Lincoln was desperate for a military victory. His armies were stalled, and the terrible defeat at Fredericksburg spread a pall of defeat across the nation. There was also the Emancipation Proclamation to consider. The nation needed a victory to bolster morale and support the proclamation when it went into effect on January 1, 1863. The Confederate Army of Tennessee was camped in Murfreesboro, Tennessee only 30 miles away from General William S. Rosecrans
Cheri R. on Stones River Battlefield Loop Trail
Nice walk and lots of wildlife
I enjoy running this trail. It's easy to get to and is a 3.2 mile loop. Majority of it is in the woods. There is one spot that gets confusing. I accidentally took the route that puts you on the car path. You won't get lost but it will shorten your route.
Very easy and informative trail. There are lots of props and plaques explaining the history of certain areas along the battlefield, but if you're just looking for natural scenery or a challenging run then this is not the one for you. This trail is more for the history buff and not so much the hiking type. I feel it's important to mention that there's an "auto trail" AND a hiking trail and at one point near the cotton field trail they merge into one and the hiker is forced to walk on the auto trail for a while. The cars move at a snails pace on this road, but It was very unlike the rest of the trail I had walked so I wasn't even sure if I was on the right path anymore.
From a trail running perspective only it provides a soft mulch trail that is relatively flat, but does have some rocky obstacles to navigate. The tornado that passed through the park thinned out the park, but it is still very shaded in areas. If you are looking to knock out a few trail miles one day, this is your spot in Murfreesboro. If you want a more challenging trail run, Barfield Park trails on the south end of Murfreesboro should meet that need.