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Long Hunter State Park is situated along the shore of J. Percy Priest Lake. It consists of four units: Couchville, Baker's Grove, Bryant Grove and Sellars Farm. Picnicking, swimming, hiking, backpacking, boating, fishing, nature photography and wildlife observation are among the activities available to park visitors. Planned activities include interpretive and recreation programs for the general public and environmental education programs for school and other interested groups.

I really enjoy the great views and proximity to the water along parts of the trail.

Lovely little paved walking trail. Quick, flat 2 mi loop with pretty view of the lake the whole time. Good for kids, strollers. No dogs.

hiking
13 days ago

Great walk with our dog. Still muddy from all the rain.

hiking
18 days ago

calm and beautiful. can be very muddy and some of the blazes are worn out.

hiking
18 days ago

very fun trail, just the right distance and difficulty for a short hike/run. beautiful along the lakeside and interesting rock formations along the way.

20 days ago

This is the probably the easiest mountain biking trail in the Nashville area but it’s also one of the most scenic. Really beautiful dense forest sections and some great views of Percy Priest. Also I believe if you do the longest loop (follow the Orange markers) it is closer to 6 miles. It’s pretty flat, so you can knock out this pretty trail in under an hour pretty easily which is a plus when you are as busy as I am.

Very nice Christmas Day walk. Lots of people saying, “Merry Christmas!”. Good, paved trail; flat and smooth. The trees are beautiful, saw lots of deer, and the water was quite low. There is a magnificent circular rock formation, obviously created by a meteor slamming into bedrock over rushing water. You can clearly see where the stones, weathered by running water, were flipped upside down in a blast radius pattern. Absolutely fascinating. Great, leisurely walk.

Nothing interesting and muddy in many spots

Cute trail, but it’s been marked no dogs

hiking
28 days ago

Great groves of hickory, oak, and maple. Undergrowth has tons of dogwood, redbuds, and sassafras.

hiking
28 days ago

like others have said it can get a bit muddy here but great trail with some cool rock bluffs near the lake good for a rest and view.

Decent when we went. Trail can get muddy and flood during heavy rains in the fall with all the leaves.

mostly an easy trail, but we made the mistake of going when it was stormy, which led to a bunch of mud and puddles. super good views though!

hiking
1 month ago

Great 4 mile trail with lots of water access. If it’s muddy, certain spots get slick. But overall fantastic.

1 month ago

One of my favorites especially in the fall when the leaves turn. The lake views are a bonus!

My wife and I enjoyed our first day hike on the trail! Our German Shepard was welcomed by other hikers and make it very welcoming. We only live a couples away but hadn’t been here before but will definitely be back over and over.

I didn't care for the trail. Too narrow of a trail, either pulling my dog behind me or he is pulling me out front. The gravel and bigger rocks were clunky and somewhat annoying. The trail meanders sometimes close to the lake, but then immediately takes you away from it. Just a couple of nice views, but other than that a fairly uninteresting hike.

Easy walk and pretty view.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail with plenty of deep wooded features. If you are a nature lover you will love this trail. Lots of wildlife along the way, today.

hiking
2 months ago

I would call this trail easy. It follows the shoreline of the lake and can be quite busy during the nice days. We definitely plan to backpack the volunteer trail sometime soon

hiking
2 months ago

I lost the trail about a mile from the campsite. What little trail there was had been covered by leaves and no markers in sight. I wound up turning back and doing the rest of the day loop to make up the distance. I am assuming that part of the trail does not get a lot of traffic .

hiking
2 months ago

Not much to see, minus the few lakeside vistas. I’d rate the trail as “easy” overall. Fairly flat out and back, well maintained, GPS watch found trail length at 7.8 miles total. I arrived at 8:30 on a sunny Sunday morning expecting many others. I didn’t see another on the trail until 11am, so it’s lightly travelled. Nice proximity to Nashville and do something different. Regular jet aircraft and boat noise heard on the trail. Real good trail running training route.

hiking
2 months ago

Any trail with this many lake views will be a favorite trail to me. I completed the Day Loop which is supposed to be 4 miles. My fitness tracker said it was 3.6 miles but that I had climbed the equivalent of 30 flights of stairs once I finished. The elevation changes are so gradual for the most part that it seems very easy. The wooded areas have several interestingly twisted and tall trees as well as beautiful rock formations. The lakeside portions rise slowly until you are rather high up on the bluffs over looking the lake and the surrounding areas for what seems like forever. It is easy to forget you aren't alone here as there were a few encounters with other hikers talk-shouting their way along the trail, oblivious to the others nearby. As my partner said, they would be the first to be taken out in a horror movie. Otherwise, I can see myself coming back here again and again.

walking
3 months ago

Nice way to stretch legs while touring TN on a Saturday afternoon.

hiking
3 months ago

We do this with day packs as training for long hiking trips. Not necessarily a pretty hike - just keep on slogging!

It's in my way to or from home. it's easy enough to stop by for some relaxation after a bad day. The Day Loop is my favorite. My goal is to backpack and stay over for an extended weekend. I was there earlier this week, lots of fungi also bullfrogs in "the pond". I have quirky ankles and find I can do this trail easily. Enough people around to feel safe, not so many people to feel crowded. Lots of places to swim as well.

The big attraction here is obviously the lake, but this trail is also a lovely arboretum, well-marked with seemingly countless different varieties of trees. There are also several ponds scattered around the 2.2 miles of paved trail as well as some interesting rock formations near the beginning. This trail is usually very crowded, so don't expect to be able to lose yourself in nature.

Went early October. Nice leisurely trail. Good views of lake. Saw a deer. Like that it was paved as ticks seem to be an issue on other nearby trails.

trail running
3 months ago

A good, moderately challenging trail. The last 2 miles or so before you reach the campground do need some maintenance as some of the markers are tough to see, obscured by several fallen trees.
But, I will avoid this trail on warm, sunny days. The party boats in one of the coves were blaring country songs so loud I lost my concentration several times. :(
At the first split, I took the right side (the forest side) of the day loop, then ran to the camp ground, and on the way back when I connected to the day loop again, took the lake side of the loop to get back to the parking lot.
My Nike app marked that as 13.2 miles.

hiking
3 months ago

Paved 2 mile trail that goes around the lake. Very nice. Saw LOTS of wildlife. Nice leisurely walk after doing a 4 mile trail hike.

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