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.
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!)
Loved this trail. One of my favorites in the fall! The trail is marked well, beautiful views and close to Nashville( my home). I would recommend to anyone I would say moderate with spots that are difficult but doable!
1st timers loved it
Very nice views of the lake
A favorite trail of mine... Lovely views of the lake and varied terrain. I'd give it 5 stars but there is quite a lot of litter washed up from boaters and fisherman, which takes away from the beauty of nature. Very worth checking out!