The 2022 TNP Core Course at Murfreesboro Parks at Barfield has been sold out. Please click here to see upcoming events at our other chapters throughout the state.
The Murfreesboro Chapter of the Tennessee Naturalist Program is held at Barfield Crescent Park in south Murfreesboro. The 275-acre natural area has approximately 5 miles of hiking trails and 9 miles of mountain bike trails. Beginning from the Wilderness Station, the paved path cuts through a hardwood forest that rises above limestone outcrops. This eventually leads to the River Overlook and backcountry campground. Here the trail turns into a dirt path that skirts along the West Fork of the Stones River. Climbing higher towards the peak, there are limestone sinks and a long stone fence that is thought to be Civil War-era. The natural area here is a beautiful example of the Oak/Hickory forest and Karst topography that is so prevalent in Middle Tennessee. Wildlife viewing is a favorite among hikers who report sightings of Barred owls, deer, turkeys, or an occasional snake, bobcat, or coyote.
Classes are held at the Wilderness Station, home to rich programs of nature-themed classes and activities for all ages. A small nature center within the Station houses a variety of animal ambassadors and a gift shop.