Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Long Hunter State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Volunteer Trail

hiking
3 days ago

A nice quiet hike once you clear the cove where the boats hang out. Most of the trail is well covered with foilage and fairly clear until you get to the last mile or so where the trail goes through some taller grass. Tick repellent is definitely recommended.

I really liked this trail! I took my lady out to hike with me and she did very well! It’s great for dogs and I think kids would do really well on it too under good supervision.

Now if you want super excitement maybe this trail isn’t for you, but nonetheless it is a really good trail.

I feel like there’s a lot of potential on this trail to relax and lose yourself for a while. We got here at 7 and only really encountered a few people towards the end. The scenery changes constantly and it’s just beautiful. Once you make it to the top water side there are a ton of rocks to hang out on. Be careful though!

It was pretty wet as some parts were muddy puddles, so it holds its water.


I’d say it’s a running trail but some areas are tricky. Lady and I ran the last mile or so and I ate dirt once :)

Great help hike
Ez and enjoyable with the kids

hiking
22 days ago

This trail was so pretty! Especially during the golden hour. Would definitely recommend it for a nice, easy day hike.

Definitely a do again,dog friendly is a plus too

hiking
26 days ago

Nice easy hike. Took our 4month old puppy for her first hike here. Pretty heavily traveled , lots of dogs, nice views, shaded.

Good little trail. The wild flowers were in full force. Also sense little muddy in places but should be drying up. Nice little creek running through.

nature trips
1 month ago

Nice easy walk with a great view

Easy dirt trail. Lots of sassafras popping up. Close to a picnic area and great view of the lake. They had educational signs posted on different trees where you could scan a QR code and listen to a recording and learn about that specific tree's qualities and benefit for the area.
Also....what Jeff said.

hiking
1 month ago

As a Mt. Juliet resident, my dog and I frequent this trail--we usually complete the 4.4 mile "day loop" portion. I would rank this trail "easy" over "moderate" for sure--there isn't a whole lot of elevation gain, and when there is it isn't for very long. The trail is well marked and well maintained, though it does get washed out a bit after heavy rain. I would highly recommend doing this one on a winter day (especially if it snows!) or during some light rain--it's really the only time you'll get any solitude. It's pretty crowded on most weekends if the weather is nice, and the parking lot will fill up by 9am in the summer. My older dog absolutely loves this trail--it's easy enough for him and the perfect length. Overall, I would definitely recommend if you're looking for an easy woodsy stroll close to town with some bonus lake views.

Easy and good for short morning or afternoon hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail for being less than 15 mins from Nashville. Lot of terrain change...pine/oak/cedar/exposed sandstone. Very cool. Saw a lot of wildlife...squirrels, ducks, rabbit, 2 loons and a huge owl! Very well marked and traveled.

Fun, interactive trail for the younger kids.

trail running
2 months ago

Short but fun. A few rocky sections to challenge your stride. Well marked. I’d do it again!!

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy hike. I packpacked a night and it was nice. There is a bit of trash on the trail, bring a bag to pack it out (please). Be sure to lock your vehicle, mine was broken into a few years ago. Great for a trail run also.

3 months ago

Not much of a “hike” if you ask me

hiking
4 months ago

5 stars are for what there's in TN... It is dog friendly, has some elevation and relief to it. Actually, I think they call it Day Loop. I'd say the difficulty is more of easy/moderate, than moderate. Overall, it was an enjoyable hike. It was very lightly trafficked as we went hiking earlier in the morning when it still was pretty chilly.

hiking
4 months ago

Good short beginner loop. Easy hike with minimal elevation change and a well defined path. Excellent wildlife spotting opportunities with a mix of under canopy and open field hiking.

nature trips
4 months ago

Great walk through the woods. nice access to the lake. would recommend to anyone that wants to get away. I just did the loop portion of the trail. Trail is very well marked and very clean.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail, very easy terrain and beautiful views of the water.

hiking
5 months ago

This is a nice little trail for those that have been doing the flat stuff here is a good start for up hill and down hill.

backpacking
5 months ago

great hike...

hiking
5 months ago

Very fun for anyone

Nice lake views! People were having sex in a hammock. It was loud. I think she came too. Great trail!

The trail was nice but not very well marked in certain areas. Some piles of trash along parts of the trail but overall was quite enjoyable and nice.

hiking
6 months ago

Good stater trail or light trail for kids. Do stop and check out the lake.

hiking
6 months ago

Really well marked trail, perfect for a casual hike. 4 stars since there aren't many views (other than the lake) and reaching the camp area is a bit anticlimactic

I recently got into hiking and think this trail has a real nice blend of terrain with a few nice lake look-out points along the way

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful scenery

hiking
7 months ago

One of the best most scenic trails I’ve been on in TN. Love the variety of trails next to the lake and big rocks to hike up. Not too busy either. Will be repeating this trail!

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