LONG HUNTER STATE PARK
Long Hunter State Park is situated along the shore of J. Percy Priest Lake. It consists of three units: Couchville, Baker's Grove, and Bryant Grove. 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.
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.
The park also offers a meeting facility that can accommodate 25 people arranged classroom style or 40 people arranged conference room style. Contact the park office for more information.
Non-supervised swimming is permitted at Bryant Grove. Swimming in Couchville Lake and in the area of boat ramps is prohibited. CAUTION: The lake bottom is hazardous and you must swim at your own risk!
Two launch ramps on J. Percy Priest 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 at Couchville Lake during the summer-use season. There is no launch ramp on Couchville Lake for private boats.
The park provides two large picnic shelters. The Bryant Grove site is situated around a central parking area and provides lakeshore swim 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 the barrier free Lake Trail. Picnic shelters may be reserved for family reunions, church groups, or other group outings. Each shelter is convenient to restroom facilities. The park begins taking reservations for the shelters on January 1.
There are several hiking trails at Long Hunter designed to provide pleasant walking experiences for all. Among the more popular is the Lake Trail around Couchville Lake. The Lake Trail is hard surfaced and barrier free and is a self-guided nature trail. 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 field 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.
Hands on learning and inter-disciplinary research are the two primary focuses of the Long Hunter State Park?s Home School Hunters. This year long outdoor classroom is geared specifically for home schooled children in the Nashville and surrounding areas.
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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.