Bakers Grove Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews

Bakers Grove Trail is a 3.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Nashville, TN that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

3.9 miles 309 feet Loop

hiking

walking

forest

lake

wildlife

no dogs

This trail extends off the Volunteer Trail at Long Hunter State Park near Nashville, TN. From about the midway point on the Volunteer loop the trail leaves the loop to follow the shore of Percy Priest lake to two campsites. A nice hike with a destination for lunch or a close to home overnight. Beyond the loop and on the Bakers Grove trail you finally leave the sounds of the highway, but the evidence of man is all around. From all the activity that happens on Percy Priest lake (trash that has been thrown or has fallen off boats) is blown onto the shore that the trail follows. It was amazing what we came across. Not just the obvious trash: bottle, bags, cups and cans. But we came across an ice chest, camp chairs, shoes, clothing of all kinds and even a buoy that was blown over two hundred feet from the high waterline and lodged in a thicket of trees. At about 4.5 miles on the trail you come across the stone wall off to the right of the trail. From what we saw the wall was about 8 or 10 feet high at it highest point and about 50 or 60 feet long. about .75 miles more and you reach the Bakers Grove Camp. There are two camp areas. Reservation must be made at the Long Hunter State park visitor center. With the cold wind blowing off the lake this day, the coffee and soap we fixed for lunch tasted that much better.

hiking
1 month ago

Did the day loop and about 1 mile of the overnight trail. Beautiful views of Percy Priest Lake. Some 40-60 ft. bluffs, depending on the time of year, provide really nice views. Get there early the parking lot fills up fast!

hiking
1 month ago

Great walk in the woods. Very shady. A bit busy but otherwise very nice.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Close to all in Mt Juliet. One of the best in terrain. Good elevations and a trail that follows along the lake shore offering excellent vistas. I see deer many times each month. Busy on the weekends but still plenty of breathing space.

hiking
7 months ago

I would call this easy other than some rocky spots where the footing isn't great. It is mostly flat, and has some good views.

7 months ago

10 months ago

1 year ago

Very nice hike. I would say it's a moderate, lots of roots and rocks to climb over. Quite busy on a Sunday morning with other hikers and backpackers. Very pretty views of the lake but was pretty noisy with boaters.
Probably would be more enjoyable on a weekday when it would be quieter and less traveled. Be sure to take a walking pole. Would definitely do this trail again.

hiking
3 years ago

Nice day hiking with my nephew Chad. The day was overcast and cool, in the mid 30s. The trail is easily followed. The first part of the track hikes over leaves the parking area and heads west towards Percy Priest Lake. At about .5 miles you come to a fork. Left follows the shore line and rejoins the right fork which travel up over rocky slops and forested land. at about 1.25 miles the trail converge and continue on as the Volunteer Trail. The Trailhead is at 511 feet and the high point on the trail 605 is about 1 mile from the trailhead.

Beyond the loop and on the Bakers Grove trail you finally leave the sounds of the highway, but the evidence of man is all around. From all the activity that happens on Percy Priest lake (trash that has been thrown or has fallen off boats) is blown onto the shore that the trail follows.

It was amazing what we came across. Not just the obvious trash: bottle, bags, cups and cans. But we came across an ice chest, camp chairs, shoes, clothing of all kinds and even a buoy that was blown over two hundred feet from the high waterline and lodged in a thicket of trees.

At about 4.5 miles on the trail you come across the stone wall off to the right of the trail. From what we saw the wall was about 8 or 10 feet high at it highest point and about 50 or 60 feet long. about .75 miles more and you reach the Bakers Grove Camp.

There are two camp areas. Reservation must be made at the Long Hunter State park visitor center. With the cold wind blowing off the lake this day, the coffee and soup we fixed for lunch tasted that much better.

The attached track is the hike out from the volunteer Camp. 5.27 miles one way 11.5 miles round trip. If you can ignore the trash it's a nice hike.

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