Flat Rock Designated State Natural Area Hiking Trails

Rutherford County, Tennessee

Distance3.3mi
Elevation Gain372ft
Trailhead Elevation655ft
Top768ft
Elevation Min/Max650/768ft
Elevation Start/End655/655ft

Flat Rock Designated State Natural Area Hiking Trails

Flat Rock Designated State Natural Area Hiking Trails is a hiking trail in Rutherford County, Tennessee. It is 3.3 miles long and begins at 655 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 372 feet. The Flat Rock Trail Head and Parking Area Trailhead and Parking Area is near the trailhead.

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Nashville - 4th Edition (Menasha Ridge Press)
Johnny Molloy
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"This special area, bought and preserved by the Nature Conservancy in conjunction with the state of Tennessee, has become more special with the expansion of its trail system. Flat Rock is one of the largest intact cedar glades still remaining. The expanded loop wanders among cedar woods and along barren rock glades, grassy glades, and hardwood forest. Along the way it passes a clear alluring spring and also a sinkhole, where a creek flows into it and disappears underground." Read more

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8/27/2011
Nice and easy trail. Nothing spectacular, but very close to Metro Nashville. If you work it in to the rest of the trail system in Henry Horton it's a good hike.
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5/20/2007
After reading the trail description, we were expecting almost a ghost town overgrown with cedar trees. We didn’t see anything. You could just barely see the river for a short time before heading into the woods, and once into the woods, it looked like… woods. The best part of the trail was the dried out creek bed. There were little bits of clear sparkling water here and there filled with tadpoles. But we didn’t see any old remains of buildings, maybe you have to go in the winter when the leaves aren’t out. It certainly wasn’t worth the drive from Nashville. If you are already in the area, or staying at the campground, its an ok hike. But I wouldn’t travel far just to get here. This trail is not stroller friendly, but it is kid friendly except at the beginning of the trail next to the river. Make sure you watch your step, parts of the trail have washed out to the river below and would be a bit of a fall.
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Trail Information

Rutherford County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Local Contacts
USGS Dillton; at tinyurl.com/flatrocksna
Local Maps

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Dec 2018