Wilderness Station

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The Wilderness Station is an outdoor education and recreation facility with a staff that offers programs year round. School groups, homeschoolers, scouts, Preschoolers and the general public can enjoy programs on a wide variety of subjects through interpretive hikes, campfire programs, river explorations, and much more.

There are also free educational backpacks for checkout. Each backpack has a different theme and includes specific learning material and programs surrounding the theme. The Wilderness Station is also home to several native education animals.


A retreat room is available for rent at the Wilderness Station. At a maximum capacity of 75 people, it is the perfect space for a birthday party, family reunion, or other special occasion. Birthday party programs for children are available upon request. View the rental rates.


The Station also sells a wide variety of discs and disc accessories for disc golf. For the children, there are nature themed toys, activities, and books for sale, as well as snacks, drinks, and ice-cream.

Outdoor Programs- Ongoing

  • Wild Things
  • Animal Encounters
Check out the current issue of the Otter Chatter Newsletter for a list of all the activities happening at the Wilderness Station.

Parks & Recreation Program Guide - Fall 2018

Back country Campground and Hiking

The back country campground is located one mile from the Wilderness Station and is accessible only by walking. Approved groups such as scouts, church youth groups, and college organized clubs are allowed to camp without a staff member. To qualify as an approved group, a Wilderness Awareness workshop and a leader’s orientation must be completed.

The 275 acre back country area boasts approximately 5 miles of hiking trails. Beginning from the Wilderness Station, the paved portion of the trail cuts through a hardwood forest that rises above limestone outcrops. This eventually leads to the River Overlook and Back country Campground. Here the trail turns into a dirt path that skirts along the West Fork of the Stones River. This begins the Marshall Knob trail with red-blazes along the trees. Climbing higher towards the peak, there are limestone sinks and a long stone fence that is thought to be civil war related. The Valley View trail is accessible from this point of Marshall Knob and has blue trail blazes. This 1 mile loop passes several crevasse-like sinks. Both ends of the Rocky Path Trail are passed as the Marshall Knob trail continues back towards the Wilderness Station. The Rocky Path trail is also a 1 mile loop with white tree blazes. Wildlife viewing is a favorite among hikers who report sightings of Barred owls, deer, turkeys, or an occasional snake, bobcat, or coyote. NO BIKING OR SKATING OF ANY KIND IS ALLOWED ON THESE TRAILS.

A TreeMendous Tree Trail runs along the first 0.7 mile of the paved trail. Twelve stations are featured and are marked by a number. The Tree Trail map is available at the Wilderness Station, along with a Tree Trail Guide.

The Sensory Trail is incorporated on the 1.10 mile loop known as Rocky Path Trail (white blazes). This trail is a beautiful example of the Oak/Hickory forest and Karst topography that is so prevalent in Middle Tennessee. Along the trail you are able to stop at each of the three stations and are encouraged to engage your senses in the wonders of the natural world.
Contact the Wilderness Station for more information.