Long Hunter State Park is a hidden gem among state parks in Middle Tennessee. Tucked away next to Percy Priest Lake, the Volunteer Day Loop runs along the shore and over several limestone outcrops, offering some of the best views of one of Nashville's most beloved waterways. Join us on this beginner-friendly backpacking trip right in Nashville's backyard!
When: Saturday - Sunday, April 15th - 16th at 10:00am (trailhead)
Where: Long Hunter State Park: Volunteer Trail head
1601 Granny Wright Lane
Hermitage, TN 37076
Cost: Only $2 for Members, and $5 for Non-Members!
Trip Leader: Michelle Guess & Stephen Bryant
Difficulty: This is an easy to moderate hike
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 12th at 3pm
Group Size Limit: This trip is limited to 13 participants, and 2 trip leaders
Parking: There is free parking available in the trailhead parking lot
Children Policy: Children who have experience hiking moderate distances (4+ miles) are allowed on this trip. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Dog Policy: Friendly dogs on leashes are welcome on this trip
Weather Policy: This trip is drizzle or shine. In the event of serious weather, this hike will be postponed to a later date. Participants will be notified of any weather-related changes by their trip leader in the days leading up to the hike.
Cancellation Policy: If you register and can no longer make it, please email TeamGreen@Lightning100.com.
Estimated Drive Time One Way: 30 minutes from downtown Nashville
Hike Distance: 5.7 miles each way
Estimated Hike Time: 3 hours each day
The Volunteer Trail - The longest trail at Long Hunter follows the shore of Percy Priest Lake
for most of its run and leads to a pair of primitive backcountry camping
sites. Various species of shorebirds, ducks and geese are heard and
seen frequently along this route. Though most of Long Hunter's trails
are relatively flat, this trail has a slight increase in elevation as it
leaves the shore and climbs up the bluffs overlooking the lake. Rocky
jumbles, mossy hillsides, scenic lake views, majestic trees and abundant
spring wildflowers are common sights along the trail. This area is
home to a variety of mammals, including red fox, bobcat and deer.
This event is open to both members and non-members.