Long Hunter State Park is located on J Percy Priest Lake and is named after the explorers in the 1760's called Long Hunters. They would go out on long hunting trips that could last over a year.
This park is a 2,657 acre day use park that has access to both
Couchville Lake and Percy Priest Lake. There are two access roads to the
park where highway 171 splits just south of I-40. Keep to the right to
go to the Park Office on the west side of the park. There you can get
literature and learn more about the park.
Activities at Long Hunter State Park are picnicking, swimming, hiking, backpacking, boating, fishing, nature photography and wildlife observation. The park has planned activities for the general public and educational programs for schools and groups.
The park has nearly 20 miles of hiking trails that wind around
the park to give you a quality outdoor experience. There is a small lake
in the park called Couchville Lake. The park consists of four units:
Couchville, Baker's Grove, Bryant Grove and Sellars Farm. Sellars Farm
is a satelite park of Long Hunter. It is located close to Watertown and
is an archaeological site of a Mississippian period Indian village.
Long Hunter Park is divided into two halves because of the road
access. If you are coming from Mt Juliet, you will go south to the Y on
hwy 171 south. At the Y by going right you will be
going to the west side of the park, and left to the east side of the
The trails in the west side of Long Hunter State Park are:
Couchville Lake Trail, a 2 mile walking trail around the 110 acre lake. Nature Loop Trail, a 1/4 mile walking trail.
Inland Loop Trail, a 3/4 mile walking trail.
Bryant Grove Trail, a 4 mile walking trail that takes you from the east side of the park to the west side of the park. Be careful about this trail, because it doesn't loop back to the same parking lot. You will have to walk back another 4 miles to get to your car.
Deer Trail, a 1 mile walking trail.
Day Loop Trail entrance is just north of the entrance of the park on the west side. It is a 4 mile walking trail. The Volunteer Trail is also part of this loop trail but branches off not quite at the half way point.
Volunteer Trail is a walking trail that has a camping site at the
end of it. It is 5.5 miles including the walk on Day Loop Trail to get
to the start of the trail.
At the Y on State road 171 if you take a left you will be going to the east side of Long Hunter State Park. There isn't a road going through the park to connect the east side to the west side.
The trails on the east side of the park are: Tyler Skyes Trail, a 1 mile walking loop trail.
Bryant Grove Trail, a 4 mile walking trail that takes you to the west side of the park.
Jones Mill Mountain Bike Trail, it features two trail loops.
There is a two mile loop and a four mile loop. Theis trail offer
several challenges for mountain bikers. Hikers are also welcomed on the
trail. There is a great view of the lake from Bald Knob.
Boat ramps are located on the east and west park areas. These ramps will give you access to Percy Priest Lake.
Fishing is very popular at Long Hunter State Park. The park is
located on the banks of J Percy Priest lake and gives access to a great
fishing experience. The fish you can catch include large and small-mouth
bass, rockfish, stripe, crappie, bream, and catfish. It is free to fish
the lake but you must have a valid Tennessee fishing license.
Swimming is permitted at Bryant Grove, but be careful the lake
bottom is hazardous and you will be swimming unsupervised and at your
own risk! Swimming in Couchville Lake and around the area of boat ramps
Pets are not allowed in Bryant Grove and Couchville Lake picnic
areas, but the other areas do allow pets. There are signs posted to let
you know where they are allowed.
Long Hunter State Park is located east of Nashville off of I-40 at the 226 exit. Follow state route 171 south and follow the signs. The address is 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage, TN 37076, or call 615-885-2422. The hours of operation are 7am to sunset year round.