We all love and feel a thrill over those pictures on Facebook and Instagram that show those huge lakes with someone leaning right over the edge and wish we could just jump right in. What you might not know is that we have one of those spots right here in Tennesee; you just might have to go on an adventure to find it. This Tennessee hike with a waterfall is sure to cure your adventure blues.
Harpeth River State Park is located in Kingston Springs, Tennessee (right outside of Nashville) and has many natural and historic sites throughout the park. The hidden trail that leads to the lakes is the star of the show here, so you need to grab a few friends and get to exploring.
Hidden Lake Trail is about two miles and it has reminiscences of the roaring '20s and early 1930s so you will get a bit of history to go along with your hike.
When you start your trek into the forest, you'll (literally) come to a fork in the road. Take the right fork if you want to see both of the hidden lakes and want more of an adventure. Walking up boulder steps and coming across an old dance floor of what used to be the Hidden Lake Resort is what you'll encounter.
The first lake's embankment can be seen as you keep going along the trail. There is a bench that is right next to the lake where you can sit and take a quick break before heading to the big lake.
As you make your way up the trail, it will begin to narrow so you'll have to be careful. The rocks on the side of the trail make for great viewpoints of the secret lake. This spot makes for great pictures and might even scare your parents a little bit.
As you loop back around, there are old cabins that are still standing from many years ago. There are also ruins of an old farmhouse that you can actually go in and explore before you make it back to the parking lot and finish your journey.
Bring some snacks, some water and make sure you have storage on your phone for the tons of pictures you'll be taking!
To keep the adventure going, you need to head to the Bell Witch Cave and take the cave tour that is haunted by a tormented ghost, or explore this state park that has amazing views and a suspension bridge.
Hidden Lake Trail
Address: 7851 McCrory Ln., Nashville, TN 37221
Why You Need To Go: This trail will lead you to two hidden lakes; one of them is crystal blue.