Volunteer Trail is a 11.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hermitage, Tennessee that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
From Mt Juliet, Tennessee, take Highway 171 south. This starts out as S Mt Juliet Rd and then becomes Hobson Pike just north of the Wilson-Nashville/Davidson county line. After you cross the county line, there are signs for the Volunteer Trail. Turn right onto Bakers Grove Lane and then left on Granny Wright Lane which dead ends at the trail head and parking lot. If you pass the park's main entrance on the left you have gone too far.
Went on a ruck march here a while back loved this trail it was fun!
Excellent trail for tuning up hiking skills if you've not been hiking for awhile or just beginning. Whole trail can be completed in less than 3 hours making it a great day hike.
Trail is clean and offers lake side, rock formations and Wooded views. Wildlife spotted here has been Deer, Fox, Coyote, Squirrel, Woodchuck, Rabbit and even people.
Lots of Avian types Game birds, Song Birds, Shorebirds, Waterfowl and Raptors.
Botany is abundant as well. Many types of wild flowers, grasses, foliage and timber.
Our canine friends are welcomed here too. You may come into contact with a wide variety of breeds which can be enlightening and educational as well.
Great hikes to everyone.
Great way to spend the day with the dogs. Easy trail where parts run along the lake. Great views. Will definitely be back again.
Easy to moderate, natural surface. Volunteer out-back will give you 11 miles. 2 weeks ago we added the Day Loop for total 13 miles. No restrooms. Turnaround is at a primitive campground. Marked very well. Easy to follow.
The parking lot is fairly small. I went on a Monday afternoon so there were only a handful of vehicles. At first, it's as if you are pre hiking before the real hiking! Jkjk. There were people coming back while running. I guess people like to work out in these parts of the woods. Lol. I made it to a sign that said "Volunteer Trail" or "Day Loop Trail." None said how long the trail is until you get over half way done. Lol. I knew I should take the day loop since who knew when I'd make it out alive in the Volunteer trail. The volunteer trail is 6 miles one way or round trip 12 miles. That's after you made it to the 3 way path that they tell you. Lol. There were benches here and there. Beautiful parts to sit at and gaze or eat. Lots of rocks! Be careful! Almost died over a tree root.
Only one rocky section. Lots of dogs