Flat Rock Cedar Glades and Barrens Trail
ElevationAscent: 214' 65 m
Descent: -215' -65 m
High: 801' 244 m
Low: 667' 203 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“An expansive cedar glade featuring springs, a sinking stream, and numerous wildflowers in season.”— Jim Reyome
Just after a small dump (including a very old bowling ball!) just off the property, you'll see a small stream which you can follow a few yards to a spring. Farther along you enter the forest proper and there are some very fine old trees, many of which just demand to have their pictures taken. Depending on the weather, you may encounter a wet weather stream along what appears to be an old road...water doesn't stay on the surface very long here, and soon you come to that small stream you saw earlier. It has crossed the property and arrived at a precipitous sinkhole, which carries the whole flow underground.
Not long after you break out into the central barren again along its southern border, and eventually you reconnect with the spur that will return you to the trailhead. This has been a favorite of ours since we first read about it in Malloy's book "50 Hikes Within 50 Miles of Nashville" (highly recommended!) and we have been back several times since.
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Land Manager: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency