Long Hunter State Park

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Long Hunter State Park

Tennessee

(615) 885-2422

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Overview

Long Hunter State Park is located 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 groups and other interested groups. Sellars Farm State Archaeological Area is located in the park. This mound site appears to have been occupied by American Indians during the Mississippian Period. There are a number of trails through the park, leading visitors through old fields and young forests and to the Bakers Grove Primitive Use Area. Bakers Grove has bluffs with panoramic views, hardwood forests, cedar glades, and interesting rock outcroppings. The park also has an arboretum composed of trees native to the area. The Jason Allen Arboretum Trail at Couchville Lake that weaves its way through the first certified arboretum in a Tennessee state park.

Map of Long Hunter (TN)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.094293, -86.548267

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Activities

  • Boating

    Visitors can boat on two lakes: J. Percy Priest Lake and Couchville Lake. Pleasure boating and water-skiing are popular on the 14,000-acre J. Percy Priest Lake. Long Hunter offers two launch ramps on J. Percy Priest Lake. Rental boats are available for Couchville Lake at the park during the summer-use season. Small personal boats without gasoline or diesel motors are allowed year-round on Couchville Lake. There is no launch ramp on Couchville Lake for private boats. Life jackets are required to be worn by anyone on Couchville Lake, including individuals using park rentals or personal boats.

  • Bicycling

    The Jones Mill mountain bike trail is located in the Bryant Grove Recreation Area. It features two loops: a two-mile loop and a four-mile loop. These trails offer a variety of challenges to mountain bikers and a great view of the lake from Bald Knob. Hikers are also welcome on the bike trail.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The roads through the park allow visitors to enjoy the park's scenic beauty from the comfort of their own vehicles.

  • Camping

    An area with adjacent lakeshore has been set aside for use by scout, church, or other organized youth groups. There is a small charge for overnight use and advance reservations must be made. Adult supervision is required.

  • Fishing

    Fishing on J. Percy Priest Lake is very popular at Long Hunter. Catches include large- and small-mouth bass, rockfish, stripe, crappie, bream, and catfish. There is no charge for fishing, but all fishermen over 12 years of age must possess a valid Tennessee fishing license.

  • Hiking

    There are several hiking trails at Long Hunter designed to provide pleasant walking experiences for all. Among the more popular is the two-mile loop Lake Trail around Couchville Lake. It is also home to the Jason Allen Arboretum Trail at Couchville Lake that weaves its way through the first certified arboretum in a Tennessee state park. Visitors along the Jason Allen Arboretum Trail will see 44 stenciled leaves on the barrier-free, hard surfaced path. Each leaf signifies where the different trees are located. Unlike most sites, where trees are planted for the sole purpose of creating an arboretum, these trees were already occurring naturally around Couchville Lake. This provides a wild feel and makes the arboretum site even more special.

    The Nature Loop Trail and Inland Trail, located at Couchville, are popular short walks. The mile-long Deer Trail begins at the park office and meanders through old fields and young forest habitats. The longer Bryant Grove Trail connects Bryant Grove to Couchville.

    For the more adventurous, the Bakers Grove Primitive Use Area offers longer day hikes on the Day Loop Trail, and day hiking and overnight camping on the Volunteer Trail. These trails wind along the shore of J. Percy Priest Lake, climb overlook bluffs, and wander through hardwood forest, cedar glades, and interesting rock outcroppings.

  • Historic Sites

    Sellars Farm State Archaeological Area is located in the park. This mound site appears to have been occupied during the Mississippian Period.

  • Picnicking

    The park provides two large picnic shelters. The Bryant Grove site is situated around a central parking area and provides a lake shore swimming beach, a rustic playground, and a volleyball court. The Couchville site, located a short walk from the two parking areas, is located on Couchville Lake near Lake Trail. Picnic shelters may be reserved for family reunions, church groups, or other group outings. The park begins taking reservations for the shelters on January 1.

  • Water Sports

    Non-supervised swimming is permitted at Bryant Grove. Swimming in Couchville Lake and in the area of boat ramps is prohibited. The lake bottom is hazardous and visitors swim at their own risk.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year-round. Summer highs average in the high 80s, and winter lows average in the high 20s.

Park Partners

Friends of Long Hunter State Park

The Friends of Long Hunter State Park fosters conservation and educational efforts and to assists the park in its efforts to preserve the park.

Directions

Driving

From Nashville, take I-40 East to Mt. Juliet Road, Exit 226-A. Go south (right) 6.2 miles to the main park entrance. Or, take I-24 east to Old Hickory Boulevard, Exit 62. Go north (left) on SR171 6.4 miles to the main park entrance.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(615) 885-2422

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