The Hidden Springs Trail is a moderately-trafficked trail through the Cedars of Lebanon State Forest. The forested path is flat and easy, and has an underground spring that disappears soon after you get started. With the elevation change of just 200 ft. throughout the entire trail, Hidden Springs Trail is great for anyone from first-time hikers to elderly adventurers.
What Makes It Great
It doesn’t take much hiking to get to the point where the water disappears into a hole in the ground and to an underground spring, hence the name of the trail. A few feet away is a well where you can look down and see the water running below the surface.
After you are done marveling at the disappearing water, you still have a little less than four miles left to go. Be careful though as you make your way through the woods as there are sinkholes and caves just off of the trail. Also keep in mind that this popular trail can see quite a bit of traffic during busy seasons (including horseback riders). There are animal paths that crisscross the trail, so pay attention to the markers. This trail isn’t the most exciting, but it can be a nice walk through the woods.
The best time to take this trail is after a heavy rain when the springs and creek will be rushing—they tend to dry up if there hasn’t been much rain.
If you want to add on some more miles or turn the hike into a weekend adventure, there’s plenty more to do in Cedars of Lebanon State Forest. You can hike other neighboring trails, set up camp in one of the 117 campsites, or even set out on an equestrian adventure through the natural area.
Who is Going to Love It
If you are looking for a leisurely stroll through the backcountry woods near Nashville , try this trail. It’s popular during peak seasons and is considered a go-to place for families.
Anyone looking for an easy stroll with little elevation change will enjoy this spot.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Cedars of Lebanon State Forest is accessible from Interstate 40. Take exit 238 and head south on Hwy 231. About six miles down this road, you’ll take a left onto Cedar Forest Rd.
Once inside Cedars of Lebanon State Park follow the signage to get you to the parking lot at the beginning trailhead. The trailhead is marked clearly and can be missed. Once on the trail it is just a matter of following trail markers until you eventually loop back around to the parking lot and out.
Water and restrooms are available inside the park.