Hidden Lake Double Loop

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Hidden Lake Double Loop is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Nashville, Tennessee that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.9 miles
160 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


trail running





A quick double-balloon loop on the outskirts of Belleview, with a small lake as the payoff. Starts out in an open field, winds it's way into the woods along a creek. Once into the woods, take the left fork in the trail (there's a sign) to get where you can actually touch the water (most of the lake is surrounded by high limestone bluffs). After dipping your toes in, there's a quick steep scramble up to cliffs with excellent views of the water below. At the far end of the lake, almost exactly halfway through the hike, there is a bench that overlooks the whole thing--very nice. After that, the trail branches off--the far left will give you the most distance, but the right trail will go up a bit higher and has better scenery. You'll eventually get back to the trail junction and retrace your original steps back to the open field. The 'bluebird loop' is just a different walk around the same field, but gets you back to the parking area.

1 month ago

This was a very good hike for me and my 5 year old. Great views. Not too hard. There are a couple narrow spots on the ridge which could be scary with younger kids. Will definitely go back and bring my 9 year old.

2 months ago

I really enjoyed this trail. I had such a blast with the family. It's a nice and easy stroll.

2 months ago

This hike exceeded my expectations. I'd recommend it for all ages and skill levels, plus the trailhead is only about a mile or so off I-40. For an easy short hike, the sights are pretty cool. You get great views of the small lake from down by the water and from above via the ridge trail that circles the lake. The old abandoned buildings are a unique feature and fun to explore. We finished the 2 mile hike in just under an hour, but this trail could easily be completed in less time if you don't take stops to look around.

There are better hikes around Nashville, but this one is definitely worth checking out.

6 months ago

Beautiful views of the pond. Trail fairly well marked. Short hike!

7 months ago

Walk through the wild flower path to get to the Hidden Lake & Ridge Loop trails.

8 months ago

Labor Day so pretty busy. Leashed dogs are welcome and there were lots. Lake was nice. Trail was shady. Wildflowers were gorgeous

9 months ago

Great place to walk the dogs in the summer with shaded trails and the Harpeth River access.

10 months ago

Fun little trail with some neat ledges and views. The ridge loop around the lake isn't the most accessible in some sections, but worth it. Also some reason little side trails and abandoned mysteries along the way.

10 months ago

Good wooded trail, perfect to take the kids on. Some elevation to climb up, but nothing to strenuous.

11 months ago

This was a great short day hike. It wasn't strenuous or difficult to complete in an hour. Moderate traffic from other hikers.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Great short loop! 1.6 mi of rocky cliffs and great views!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Nice park easily accessed from I-40. Filled with a lot of "I never knew this was here" moments. Mixture of bluff overlooks, wooded trails, open fields and lake/quarry views. Good spot to put-in your kayak.

Monday, February 20, 2017

very scenic and unexpected. high cliffs overlooking a nice lake

Sunday, February 19, 2017

beautiful in the winter.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Beautiful. Peaceful. Lots to see and can be easy, moderate or difficult. Definitely recommend these trails!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Very beautiful views and pretty easy hike. You park and go into an open field (just keep going straight til you get in a the woods) and it will lead you to the lake. I highly recommend it

Monday, November 07, 2016

This is a great, short trail for hiking or walking. I did the blue bird trail once (sweet little meadow trail that I wish wasn't so close to a major road) and the main loop twice, just for fun. Very low traffic (on a Monday afternoon), but a good bit of noise pollution from the surrounding area.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Great views and not much traffic on a Sunday afternoon. Steep and narrow with loose rocks around lake would not recommend for young children.

Monday, October 24, 2016

nice over look at top

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Beautiful wildflowers (at least right now in the late summer) and close water access for the pup to cool off in

Saturday, August 13, 2016

A hidden gem in the Nashville area. The trail does not appear to be overly popular, which can be great if you're looking for solitude while you're hiking. A very easy trail with great views, and the history of how the lake was formed and used is fascinating and unique. A few abandoned (but safe) structures line the trail, which adds to the appeal. A good option for a day hike for locals.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fun hike with the kids(ages 3 and 4), but challenging for them at certain spots on the ridge trail. Great views at the top of the ridge. Will certainly do again.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Nice trail.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Trail was very well maintained and tons of fun. Great view from the bluff overlook. We hung an Eno up by the historic tunnel. Would definitely recommend. Fairly easy. Only took us about an hour to see both sights.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Bring bug spray!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

This trail is awesome! My friends and I wanted to hang our enos but there weren't any really great spots for that. Definitely avoid after lots of rain, the trails were still muddy from rain a couple days ago. Overall, I would totally recommend this hike :)

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Very unique hike. It was fun to see all the old ruins. Somewhat difficult to follow the trail with no markers or map available at the trailhead.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Beautiful hike around the lake with stunning views of the river. I love finding remains from the old home on the land.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Great easy hike, the drive to the trail was beautiful in itself. Me and my wife took our six month old on the hike and it was a really easy trail to get to the lake. There is a trail that goes on the cliffs of the lake that isn't as easy and if your taking a small child like we did I don't know if I'd recommend it unless you have trekking poles for balance.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Cool little hike I came across while exploring the Harpeth River. A resort used to be here in the 20s or 30s and some structures can still be seen from the period. Namely, a quarry turned into the resort swimming area and a stone dance floor up at the top of an overlook.

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