Barfield Crescent Park Trails

Date Hiked: 30OCT10

Park: Barfield Crescent Park, Wilderness Station

Address: 697 Barfield Crescent Park Rd, P O Box 748, Murfreesboro, TN 37128

Latitude: 35.77577, Longitude: -86.41334

Trail Rating: Moderate, paved paths are easy

Round-Trip Mileage: 4.55 miles

For Map, Trail Mileage, GPS, and Trail Notes go to Page 2

Pre-Hike Comments

We had heard about Barfield Park; but thought it was a minor hiking park. The Murfreesboro (TN) City Park was supposed to be located a few miles southwest of the City.

We were going to Murfreesboro for car maintenance, so we decided to stop by the Park for a quick afternoon hike.

The Hike

Directions: From Interstate 24, take exit 81 south on Hwy 231 toward Shelbyville. Continue on Hwy 231 for about 3 miles to Volunteer Road. Turn right and continue about a mile to the trailhead parking at the Wilderness Station. Note: the turn on Volunteer Road is unmarked.

The Wilderness Station is the headquarters for the outdoor adventure activities. Restrooms, water, trail information, and trail snacks are available at Wilderness Station.

Wilderness Station

Wilderness Station - 0.0 miles

From the Wilderness Station, the paved path leads from the parking lot in a northerly direction.

Leaving the Trailhead

Marshall Knobs Trail, path near trailhead

The path has a gentle grade as it enters a cedar glade region. The cedar trees and limestone outcroppings are typical features of the glade.

Ceadar Glade, limestone outcroppings

Sample of Cedar Glade

In .20 miles the path come to the first junction. Another paved path leads to the right. It leads down a steep hill for .20 miles to shelters #3 and #4.

Path from Shelters 3 & 4

Path Starting from Shelters 3 & 4, junction is at .20 miles

Following the main path (straight or to the left), it is .45 miles to the next junction.

bridge on path leading to campground

Bridge over Rocky Ravine on Path toward Campground

At the intersection continuing straight leads to the Campground in .40 miles.

The path to the right leads to the River Overlook. To walk the full red trail, Marshall Knob Trail, follow the path to the right to the River Overlook. In .10 miles the paved path ends at the viewing point.

Overlooking Stones River

River Overlook - .75 miles

From the right side of the Overlook, go through an opening in the rail fence and descend sharply to the river.

descent from the overlook

Descent from Overlook

Follow along the Stones River for about a quarter of a mile, then turn away from the river as the trail goes near the campground.

dry Stones River

Dry Stones River

A restroom is available at the campground. There is no drinking water.

river trail

Trail after passing the Campground - about 1.25 miles

The trail passes campsites B and C as it returns along the rocky banks of the river.

sign at Gravel Rd

Gravel Road Signage - 1.45 miles

Leaving the river again, the trail junctions with the Gravel Road in a hundred yards or so.

Gravel Rd leading to campground

Gravel Road to the Campground

The Gravel Road crosses the Marshall Knobs Trail, red blazed. Going left, it is .20 miles to the Campground. To the right is not designated by any signage. The road is used to access the campground by Park staff.

campground kiosk

Kiosk in Campground

The easiest return to the Wilderness Station from the Gravel Road is to go to the Campground, turn right on the paved path and continue straight on the paved path. It is 1.25 miles distance.

Valley View start

Start of Valley View Trail - 1.65 miles

Continuing on the Marshall Knobs Trail, red blazed, it is .20 miles to the start of the Valley View Trail, blue blazed.

Staying straight on the Marshall Knobs Tail it is only .10 mile to the end of the Valley View Trail.

Valley View trail

Valley View Trail over exposed Limestone Shelf

To walk the big loop, go right on the Valley View Trail.The trail stay mostly level as it nears sink holes and crosses exposed limestone. The trail comes close to Hwy 231 before it turns left and climbs a little to the edge of a field.

Valley View Overlook

Overlook - 2.35 miles

A raised wooden observation deck gives a valley view in .70 miles from the start of the trail.

From the overlook the trail begins a westerly trend as it reunites with the Marshall Knobs Trail in .45 miles - 2.80 miles from the start at Wilderness Station.

Go right where the Valley View Trail junctions with the Marshall Knobs (red) Trail.

Rocky Path Start

Rocky Path Trail Start - 3.0 miles

The trail climbs over a knob and begins to descend before the Rocky Path Trail, white blazed, branches off to the right.

The Rocky Path Trail is very similar to the Valley View Trail and is worth the 1.10 miles distance.

Staying straight on the Marshall Knobs Trail it is .25 miles to the end of the Rocky Path Trail.

Rocky Path Trail

Rocky Path Trail

To continue on the big loop, go right on the white trail. The Rocky Path Trail weaves through more sink holes and crosses more exposed limestone than the other trails.

bench on Rocky Path Trail

Bench on the Rocky Path Trail

After the Rocky Path Trail rejoins the Marshall Knobs Trail - 4.10 miles, it is .45 miles to return to Wilderness Station.

The total trail distance for the Marshall Knobs Trail, red blazed, is 4.55 miles. Extra mileage maybe easily added by visiting the campground or the path to shelters 3 & 4.