Carthage, Tennessee

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Top Hiking Spots in and near Carthage

  • Cookeville, Tennessee

    Cummins Falls

    4.7
    2.79 mi / 518 ft gain
    Catch the trailhead down to the falls at the parking lot. The trail quickly approaches the rim of the river gorge to provide hikers with a great bird's eye view of the falls. After snapping a few photos of the falls from above, follow the clearly marked trail down to the river's edge. From there,...
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  • Lebanon, Tennessee

    Hike the Hidden Springs Trail

    3.5
    4.5 mi
    This trail is a prime spot for anyone who wants to get a simple, but enjoyable walk in the woods. It's very well marked, flat, and can be enjoyed in any weather. Also, it is very dog friendly- Jolene loved it!Starting at the Trailhead across from the parking lot you may go right or left and follo...
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  • Sparta, Tennessee

    Burgess Falls

    4.5
    1.56 mi / 95 ft gain
    If you like waterfalls, this hike is for you. Along the way you'll pass by Falling Water Cascades (20 ft), Little Falls ( 30 ft), Middle Falls (80 ft) and finally the main event, Burgess Falls (136 ft). There are a few spots for swimming so bring your suit if it's a warm day. It's an easy hike s...
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  • Nashville, Tennessee

    Hike the Day Loop at Long Hunter State Park

    4.9
    4 mi
    Park at the Bakers Grove Area and take the newly wood chipped wood chip trail into the forest. Cross a small bridge, snake through a rock garden, and pass a sign indicating you are hiking the Day Loop Trail.There will be orange and white blazes. The orange blazes are for the Day Loop and the whit...
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  • Nashville, Tennessee

    Volunteer Trail

    4.0
    11.03 mi / 1070 ft gain
    Starting at the Bakers Grove Area parking lot, start hiking on the lovely wood chipped trail. The Volunteer Trail and Day Loop share this first section of the trail. In about .5 miles you will reach a sign and a junction on the trail. Follow the whites blazes on The Volunteer Trail to the right ...
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  • Rock Island, Tennessee

    Twin Falls, Rock Island State Park

    4.4
    0.3 mi / 125 ft gain
    Upon entering Rock Island State Park from the east, the parking area for this trail is located right after the old cotton mill (my friend and I actually ended up getting lost because it is tucked away there quite nicely). The trail that leads to Twin Falls actually starts at the westernmost part ...
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  • Murfreesboro, Tennessee

    Explore Stones River National Battlefield

    3.3 mi / 85 ft gain
    On the last day of 1862 one of the bloodiest conflicts in the American Civil War started. By the time the Battle of Stones River ended on 2 January 1863 each side had suffered the highest percentage of casualties. For many reasons this was one of the major battles of the Civil War. The Battlefiel...
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  • Sparta, Tennessee

    Hike to Lost Creek Falls

    5.0
    0.16 mi / 62 ft gain
    GPS Coordinates: 35.84102,-85.36123 Why We Love It: NO CROWDS- We only came across a few other people so, it’s a little more low key than some other popular Tennessee waterfalls. DISNEY LOVED IT- This was a filming location for Disney’s 1994 The Jungle Book!CAVE- Across the path there is a lar...
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  • Mooneyham, Tennessee

    Welch's Point

    5.0
    0.3 mi / 79 ft gain
    This location was recently opened back to the public by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Tennessee Department of Conservation and Environment in the fall of 2014 after being closed for over a decade! It is one of the most spectacular spots to watch the sunset in east Tennessee. This o...
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  • Sparta, Tennessee

    Virgin Falls State Natural Area Loop

    5.0
    4.46 mi / 400 ft gain
    Beginning at the Virgin Falls SNA parking area, the Virgin Falls trail is approximately a 9 mile round trip (excluding any side trails) which will allow you to experience three waterfalls: Big Branch Falls, Big Laurel Falls, and the namesake Virgin Falls. There is a fourth, Sheep Cave Falls, that...
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  • Nashville, Tennessee

    Hike around Radnor Lake

    4.0
    2.6 mi
    If you want a break from the city, take an early morning hike around Radnor Lake. Start this quiet trek by arriving at sunrise to snag a parking spot at the East Parking Lot. Walk down Otter Creek Road until you see the Lake Trail on the right. From there, enjoy a 1.4 mile scenic hike through the...
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  • Nashville, Tennessee

    Hike the Trails at Fontanel

    3.5
    2.5 mi / 229 ft gain
    The trailhead is located across from the Woods at Fontanel Music Venue, with the trail leading up and over the ridge behind the Fontanel Mansion and back down by the Woods at Fontanel VIP seating area. Keep in mind that the trails also connect to a mile of paved Metro Parks Greenway for foot and ...
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