Flat Rock Cedar Glades and Barrens Hike Trail

EASY 64 reviews

Flat Rock Cedar Glades and Barrens Hike Trail is a 3.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Murfreesboro, Tennessee that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.4 miles
164 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




over grown

1 month ago

I like this trail because of the cedar glades and the wildflowers, the problem is that it is easy to get confused on the trail, it wasn't well marked when I went the last few times. Also it can be very muddy...but still worth it.

2 months ago

Short Trail, nothing to see. Good walk in the park if youre bored. Very average

5 months ago

Great trail. AMAZING wild flower variety. A lot of rocks and some muddy places at the beginning. Best hiking in murfreesboro in my opinion.

5 months ago

Found the trail to be uninteresting with lots of trash along the route. I personally won't be returning.

6 months ago

ok trail but would be better in late fall through early spring because i disnt like walking through the high grass.

7 months ago

In late summer this Glade trail seems to the casual hiker to not have much beauty. However in April I can imagine the beautiful Breadroot and Glade Phlox blooming. There is much beauty here if you know the flora especially the Purple Cone flowers that had bloomed earlier. I'm so thankful that Tennessee has chosen to preserve this habitat that is rapidly disappearing due to development.
The reason I didn't give a 5 star rating was that the trail was poorly marked. We meant do do the 1.5 mile loop but never saw the "white" markers, we were always wondering if we were headed back to the trailhead. It would have been helpful to add "mile markers".
I'm definitely coming back next April.

8 months ago

Honestly this is the worst trail I've been on. It was not well marked. At one point we ended up in the woods. On the far part of the trail it smelled like garbage. We were the only one out there. There is a lot of water and mud to walk through. So bring water shoes if you choose this trail.

trail running
8 months ago

Well marked and maintained. This was perfect for our second trail run of the day. Small parking area. Beautiful flowers along the trail.

If you area looking for an easy trail to run, this one is perfect. You can add a partial loop to make a great 5+ mile run.

9 months ago

Beautiful flowers in May. Bring extra water, as the trail is often in sunlight. Use plenty of bug spray, as this trail has more buzzing insects than others we've walked. Trail is not always clearly marked, so make sure to bring the app with you for the map.

10 months ago

Had to come out here for several Biology courses at MTSU, still enjoy coming back to hike.

11 months ago

I hike here very often and almost always have it to myself. Love it

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Trail at one point was not well marked. So with knowledge of the area due to recoding my walk was able to see what I was not on the trail. So had to bush wack to rejoin the actual trail and was no other issues with this excellent trail.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

We enjoyed the hike and the weather was perfect. We were the only ones there today and it was nice. As others have noted the trail markings are not the best, but it is manageable. Appears the area was once a farm or some kind of area with a few house as you can see the remnants of barns, appliances, etc. in the area. If you don't have a lot of time and need to get a quick hike in this would be worthwhile.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

I would agree with all previous comments. It's an easy trail, but be prepared to get a little wet and muddy after a rain. It's close and will probably go back for more adventures, and even find new trails!!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The good: it close, it's has a very open and clear feel, the vegetation is pretty
The not so good: trails are not marked all that well...but it makes for an adventure through the wilderness
Synopsis: Definitely will be adding it to my list of regular hiking spots

Thursday, February 02, 2017

A sketchy sinkhole trail- only redeeming quality was the vegetation. Both of these previous descriptions are pretty accurate: "an ill maintained trail thru dumping grounds using creekbeds for trails. About as appealing as a walk thru the county dump" "The area in which the hike is located is a little disconcerting. The kind of place where you don't want to be there after dark. On the trail we encountered a LOT of dumping grounds of old washers, ovens, rusty this and that, old tires and just major trash in general"

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Unless you wear GTX hiking boots/shoes avoid for 48/72 hours after a rain event. Purple trail blazes became blue and then non-existent. Some trail signs no longer erect. Not very scenic but good for burning some calories.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Nice trail, not much to look at. Pretty much had the trail to ourselves except one. Would hike again but just because it's close to house.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Very flat, not very scenic....no water.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Trail use is light and can be hard to stay on course. Not much to see but it was an easy hike. One and done for me on this trail.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

only giving two stars because we got lost for about an hour. landmarks need to be updated so people don't get lost. other than that, it's a really great trail and a beautiful place to hike.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Very interesting trail. Trail signs were difficult to follow. Light traffic. Overall had a fun experience.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

This was an easy trail but there were some areas where it wasn't as well marked as it could be. It had just rained so it was muddy and there were areas where you had to cross small streams.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

an ill maintained trail thru dumping grounds using creekbeds for trails. About as appealing as a walk thru the county dump

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

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

Saturday, August 29, 2015

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.

Friday, August 21, 2015

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.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

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.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

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.

mountain biking
Friday, October 10, 2014

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.

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