After finishing up in Cedars of Lebanon State Park, I drove over to Barfield Crescent Park to finish up the last three hikes of the year. Parking at Wilderness Station, I hopped on the 2.65-mi Marshall Knobs Trail, which starts with a 0.75-mi paved section and then becomes a natural surface trail at Stones River Overlook.
I had never been to Barfield Crescent Park before, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. The trails turned out to be beautifully marked and well-maintained. I’m not sure if it’s because of the weather or the fact it’s New Year’s Eve, but I only came across two other hikers the entire time I was exploring the park. None of the trails turned out to be flat, though, not even the paved section of Marshall Knobs because if there weren’t hills, there were rocks. Lots and lots of rocks. However, I was amazed with how quickly the hike progressed. I took two trail detours, which you’ll read about in the next two posts, but I still managed to complete all hikes in a total of two hours. The only potential downside would be that a decent section of this trail runs right along the water, so I could see it being a mosquito haven in the summertime, but that’s just speculation on my part.