Stones River Battlefield Loop Trail

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Stones River Battlefield Loop Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately 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.

3.3 miles
85 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

road biking

trail running



partially paved



historic site

19 hours ago

This is my first time hiking on a trail. I walked on the small loop around the trench and decided to go onto the wooded trail. It was a short walk to a gravel road. I followed the gravel road to another wooded trail. A woman passed me as I was checking the time on my phone and said to enjoy my walk. I decided to go the same direction as her and did not see a soul for over an hour! I did see about ten deer and many birds and squirrels. The trail is marked with white paint on the trees, but one time the trail seemed to end in the woods. I was able to find another marked tree and was back on the trail. The trail has a lot of rocks and was muddy and covered with leaves after several days of rain. I loved how secluded and alone I was. It was an unexpected long trail for a new hiker, but enjoyable one. I was on the trail for about 2 hrs and 15 mins. for the whole loop. I will come with my camera and take my time when I come back.

19 days ago

Historic walk around a portion of the battlefield. Paved, and nice. The site has a nice visitor center at the trail head.

road biking
2 months ago

This trail is well a maintained and paved with great variety. Lots of fun.

3 months ago

Almost perfect, this is my first review, first trail and couldn’t have picked a better one to start off with. Well maintained trails on this nation park. Other people on trail but not so many where you loose the peace of the walk. Easy walk and fair amount of shade, except when walking on road. Btw watch for cars on roads inside park. Park office also offers, A/C, water, toilets, parking and a museum. Next trail will be tough to beat. Happy hiking 

5 months ago

A site dedicated to a very bloody battle in the Civil War. There's a lot of trails with varying lengths, all seemed easy. Watch the film in the visitor center for some insight.
The NPS tried to save all the battlefield they could, but the sprawl of the town swallowed up a lot of it.

5 months ago

It's a historical path through a Civil War Battlefield. It's not a hiking trail. However, if you love history and nature, this combines both. Visit the Welcome Center for a map and take a self-guided tour of The Battle of Stones River.

5 months ago

Hiked here with pup at least once a month. There are trails and greenways. Hiked 3.4 and only around half mile was on greenway. If you don’t know area get map from visitor center

5 months ago

Come here during fall would be nice but not summer.

5 months ago

I am leaving a low review because the name is misleading. This is NOT a trail. This is a greenway. If you are biking or running, it’s great. But we brought our dogs and they will probably now have blisters on their feet because it is almost ALL concrete.

6 months ago

fun, easy trek. pick your pace, enjoy the view :)

trail running
8 months ago

10 months ago

I love this place. I always see wildlife such as turkey, deer, chipmunks and more. It's also a great place to run. Very clean and safe.

11 months ago

I love the history behind this trail. It is right near the neighborhood and makes for a nice convenient hike. Keep an eye out for deer. Great trail for running or day hiking.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Nice and easy stroll.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Nice stroll with mixed gravel and wood chip paths. Wonderful National Park visitor's center and plenty to see and learn. Easy and perfect for kids.

Friday, April 07, 2017

My kids and I love wondering off on the side trails etc.... on this loop it's always a great time

Sunday, March 05, 2017

we completed approximately 2.5 miles of trails--started from the parking lot near the visitor center at the picnic tables-stayed to the left and made a loop-including part of the cotton field trail and perimeter trail--well maintained trails but horrible lack of signage (get a black and white map of trails from the visitor center for help)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The hiking trail is only about 1.2 miles. Their map shows a trail that would have completed the approx. 2.3+ mile hiking loop but it has not been maintained and is closed. Had to walk on asphalt back to the visitor center - very disappointing. The history of the land relative to the Civil War was very interesting and the interpretation signage, etc. is well done.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Nice trail. Interesting to learn about the battle that took place here. I've done this hike on 3 separate occasions and enjoyed each time.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Nice for a morning walk with the dogs.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A little confusing..

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Nice walk and lots of wildlife

Monday, May 30, 2016

Well kept and easy trail for families with little children.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Nice. I live in this area and my doffed love walking here. Lots of wild life too!

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Easy hike on flat terrain through woods. A few rocks and stumps to look out for, but not bad. Very enjoyable.

trail running
Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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.

trail running
Friday, August 21, 2015

I enjoy this fitness trail on a regular basis. No elevation gain, but a nice place to walk, jog, and choose between trails and paved trails as you go.

trail running
Friday, July 24, 2015

Beautiful setting; trail is very easy to follow; no elevation to speak of, but interesting terrain (rocks, roots, twisting through mostly wooded area).

Sunday, May 03, 2015

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.

trail running
Saturday, September 20, 2014

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.

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