Stones River Battlefield Loop Trail

EASY 74 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
85 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

views

rocky

trail running
19 days ago

hiking
2 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.

hiking
3 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.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice and easy stroll.

walking
8 months ago

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)

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

walking
Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Nice for a morning walk with the dogs.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A little confusing..

walking
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!

hiking
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).

hiking
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.

hiking
Saturday, July 12, 2014

Easy trail and hike.. Only complaint is its more of a dog walking trail than a actual trail. So watch your step because its littered with dog fices.. Its rich in history but no one I saw was there for that reason.. Kind of sad really such a special place in history is treated that way..

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Nice trail, very easy. Bikes are aloud in some areas just not in the backcountry part. Could have been more shade in areas, but all around nice

hiking
Monday, April 22, 2013

Pretty short but very beautiful trail. Wide open, narrow, rocky, smooth and just a fun trail if you've only got an hour to burn.

mountain biking
Monday, April 22, 2013

There's a pretty fun mtb trail in the middle of it all that takes a little looking for. Very curvy, narrow and fun! The rest is paved and relaxed walk ways.

walking
Tuesday, December 04, 2012

We loved it for what it was.like taking a walk down a historic driveway is the south.uncut grass, rocks, like you're back yard.easy as pie.nice.loved the cedars and the Tennessee cone.if you go Don't miss out on the slaughter pen.

walking
Wednesday, August 01, 2012

It's decent for being in the middle of a suburban area. :)

hiking
Monday, June 25, 2012

Very nice trail that is easy to walk. Quite with nice scenery changes from forests to fields. Enjoyable hike.

hiking
Thursday, June 21, 2012

While Stones River doesnt have much in the way of unique scenery, the loop trail provides a diverse mix of native vegetation (and replica Civil War cannons). Starting off you travel down a gravel road that divides an open meadow (old cotton field) from the forested area on the left. Shortly after that, the trail takes you through a cedar glade. According to our sources, cedar glades are only found in Tennessee. Personally Im not too wild about the scenery of these glades, but you cant deny the refreshing feeling that comes from walking through a heavily scented cedar glade.


Taking mom into the great outdoors
From the cedar glade, the trail briefly veers by a local farm and the stink of cow patties quickly replace the aroma of cedar. Fortunately the stench fades quickly as you enter the forested area. This is the part of the trail I found most enjoyable with the constant shade acting as a great barrier to the suns heat.

At the end of this portion of the trail, theres an area similar to a small boulder field that make for fun hopping across walks. My appreciation for the area changed dramatically after reading the historical significance that this spot played during the battle of Stones River. Throughout this hike there are markers that tell of significant events that happened during the 3 day Civil War battle, which is what fills out most of the remainder of the hike scenery.


http://markingmyterritory.com/2012/06/13/stones-river-battlefield-loop-trail/

hiking
Monday, August 08, 2011

very enjoyable

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