Bryant Grove Trail is a 8.4 mile out and back trail located near Nashville, TN that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Easy running trail. One of our go-to trails. Added the 2 mile paved loop around the lake for a 10 mile run. Natural surface. Bathroom at turnaround.
Got to the trail head right after the sun came up and was the only person there. The trail is pretty flat and the rocks and tree roots are bearable. The four mile point makes for a good bathroom break and refreshing view of the lake. I will definitely be coming back soon!
Very nice trail, I plan on going again next week. Took about 3 1/2 hours to complete but we were with someone who is a bit out of shape so we rested a bunch. Other trails really close to this one also. Beautiful views of the water,Highly recommend to try it out.
Very easy trail but nice views of the lake and wildlife...
After raining most of the night, it turned out to be a nice day for hiking. A few wwpeople were on the trail but not so many that you couldn't enjoy being alone. The trail was okay. There are a lot of rocks and roots along the trail which is typical for middle Tennessee trails. The trail itself varies from small gravel, to dirt, to large rock slabs. It runs through hardwood stands, cedar groves, and sometimes thick underbrush. Even though the trail follows along the shore of Percy Priest Lake, much of the trail is far enough in the woods that you can't see the lake. I would do the trail again if I couldn't try a new trail.
The trail is extremely well-marked for an out-and-back: white diamonds predominate, with some white blazes painted. It's well-maintained (there was a park employee driving the bush-hog along the trail). There is broken glass scattered across the trail, so don't wear open-toed shoes. Even with the sun directly above you, there is plenty of shade. If it wasn't so long, there's no reason young kids couldn't hike Bryant Grove. It's fairly flat, very little brush, and no going around obstacles.
This is a really well maintained trail. We did see some garbage here and there, especially down closer to the water, but the blazes and path are always clear and there is a variety of interesting plant life. The day we hiked here there were a lot more people than I expected, mostly trail runners. If you're looking for a good place to get out in the Nashville area this is a pretty good spot. The trail is very level and easy, accessible for people at any skill level. Only downside is that there are no really spectacular views or landmarks on the trail and it also ends at a busy park/playground area. If you want to see nice views and privacy from the trail you can walk down toward the edge of the water and set up a hammock! Sometimes the water can be a little smelly but it's worth the hike!
If you just want to spend a few hours outside and have a nice place to picnic halfway through, this would be a good choice. The trail halfway point is at the long hunter state park area with plenty in itself to do. As others have said it's mostly flat with some open areas but mainly winds through the woods. There are a couple of creeks to walk over it through if it's been rainy but nothing more than ankle deep. A great trail to break kids in but do know it's 4 miles to the halfway point so time yourself to know when you turn around if you aren't going to the end. For beginner families you could leave a car at each end and drive off if you can't finish a return trip. Saw rabbits and a few turkey and of course you will see plenty of deer in the morning or early evening. Please remember that unlike the volunteer trail, pets are not permitted on this trail unfortunately. Enjoy!
Great trail not too far away from the city. The trail is well maintained, clearly marked, has a map halfway through and plenty of nice benches to take in the lake views. The terrain pretty much flat, hardly any routes and mostly loose gravel to small stones. If you're looking for intense hike this isn't it. However, if you're looking for a great spot to get more than just 1 or 2 miles in and be outside for awhile this is a great trail. If trail running is your thing this is also a great one that you wouldn't have to worry about twisting an ankle on a root like at Percy/Edwin Warner. There are a couple tiny creek crossings but not a big deal. Saw some turkeys and deer along the way too! Recommended for anyone for a casual stroll through the woods. Enjoy!
One of my local favorites for a 3 hour hike. Pack a lunch and enjoy at the picnic tables at the turnaround.
Just finished this hike. Very beautiful, and a great work out if you decided to go to the end and back and complete the 8 miles. There hasn't been a review on this trail recently so I wanted to let everyone know that if you hike this trail you may want to wear some waterproof, high ankle hiking boots. Parts of the trail have streams running through. The first time I tried to hike this trail I had to turn back after about 1.5 miles because it was flooded and I didn't have proper footwear on. Today it was very cold so the streams and watered areas were frozen and I could walk on them carefully or hop over. Overall a great hike, especially when it's sunny! Also, there is a restroom after 4 miles at the turnaround point thank goodness!
Favorite place for trail running. The first half mile is flat, soft and great for 800m repeats. This trail is flat for the most part. Shaded by trees for about 70% of the run. Check out twin forks trail if you need something easier with less rocks and tree roots.
easy down and back trail...no dogs allowed which is a disappointment considering all the other trails in long hunter allow leashed animals. Walks along the lake and can be completed in a half day.
Trail is an 8 mile out and back connecting Couchville Lake and Bryant Grove recreation area of Long Hunter State Park. Good trail for hiking or running as the terrain is mostly flat but with some loose rock footing. Trail follows along the Percy Priest Lake shoreline so you catch several views of the lake.
The lake views on this hike are certainly a highlight of the scenery. The bulk of the trail youre able to frequently catch glimpses of Percy Priest Lake, especially at the beginning and end of this out-and-back trail. The trail is mostly shaded by tall, thin Tennessee trees.
As far as wildlife goes, we heard lots of birds throughout the hike, but didnt see too many. We did, however, come upon a companion on the trail a small turtle who didnt move too fast, but provided for a few amusing moments while we checked him out.
This trail should be rated easy as it is almost flat the entire way - and the trail was wide and well maintained most of the way. My wife and I hiked it in under 3 hours. Although it is not that pleasant of a hike with lots and lots of garbage that floated in from the lake during high water - we had to walk through some of it. If you want a good long flat hike, this would work - just ignore the scenery.
Easy trail, nice and mostly flat. Can get muddy and flooded in sections during heavy rains.