Volunteer Trail is a 11.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hermitage, TN 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.
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
beautiful path kissing the lake with variations in terrain that kept the hike fun and interesting! saw 1 deer :) not over crowded either!
I Walked through a group of at least six deer! Never have I been so close to one deer let alone three! The view of the water is almost constant, providing a nice breeze while you hike along in the shade. Various breathtaking moments of scenery!
Trail gets you a little winded at moments but for the most part it's just about right. Watch for tree roots!
Great walking trail and a once little get away. There are usually lot of animals and a general feeling of calmness.
Here is a link to a video with footage recorded on the Volunteer Trail.
Nice hike to the camp ground with moderate elevation. Good hike and mostly shaded. one if my favorite because of the nice distance.
Great day hike. The Volunteer trail is NOT a loop. There is a 4 mile loop, called the day loop, and it connects to volunteer trail. It's a little misleading. I met a woman running the trail today and she thought it was loop... She was not happy to learn that she needed to retrace her steps to get back to the parking lot.
It's a great hike. Lots of rocks and tree roots... So be careful
Very clear trails. Great views of the lake.
Awesome trail. Moderate difficultly. Bring water and snacks especially if you go to Base Camp and back.
Awesome. Next to my house. Been to it many times!
Beautiful trail, well marked, and dog friendly. Make sure to check for ticks afterwards, as I picked seven off my dog after our hike. (Always a good practice anyway, but use extra caution!)