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Long Hunter State Park
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Long Hunter State Park
Description - Long Hunter State Park is situated along the shore of J. Percy Priest Lake.

Attractions - The Couchville Lake Area is totally barrier free so that all people may enjoy the great outdoors. Programs involving the handicapped and elderly are offered. Facilities include a fishing pier and boat dock, a two-mile, hard-surfaced nature trail, a picnic pavilion with restrooms, and a picnic area with grills.

The park also offers a meeting facility that can accommodate 25 people arranged classroom style or 40 people arranged conference room style.

Recreation - Picnicking, swimming, hiking, backpacking, boating, sailing, fishing, nature photography and wildlife observation are among the activities available to park visitors. Planned activities include interpretive and and recreation programs for the general public and environmental education programs for school and other interested groups.

Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.

Location - From Nashville, take I-40 East to the Mt. Juliet, exit # 226-A and go south 8 miles to the park entrance. An alternative route to take I-24 East to Old Hickory Boulevard. Go North on SR171 for 8 miles to the park entrance.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boating Pleasure boating and water-skiing are popular on the 14,000-acre 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.
ICON Boat Launching Long Hunter offers two launch ramps on J. Percy Priest Lake, one at Bryant Grove and one at Couchville.
ICON Fishing Fishing on the J. Percy Priest Lake is very popular at Long Hunter. Catches include large- and smallmouth bass, rockfish, stripe, crappie, bream and catfish. There is no charge for fishing; however, all fishermen over 12 years of age must possess a valid Tennessee fishing license.
ICON Hiking & Walking 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, and the Point Trail at Bryant Grove, are popular short walks. The longer Bryant Grove Trail connects 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 thickets, and interesting rock outcroppings.
ICON Picnicking 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 situated along a bluff line providing a scenic view of J. Percy Priest lake. 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.
ICON Swimming & Waterplay Non-supervised swimming is permitted at Bryant Cove. 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!
ICON Attending Talks & Programs Planned activities include interpretive and recreation programs for the general public and environmental education programs for school and other interested groups. Programs include: the Long Hunter (year round) and the Alpine Tower (year round, contact park.)

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Contact Information:
Long Hunter State Park, 2910 Hobson Pike , Hermitage, TN, 37076, Phone: 615-885-2422

Additional Information:
Middle Tennessee Region - This region encompasses the middle 1/3 of the state of Tennessee. It includes the Cumberland Plateau area and over 20 state parks and natural areas.
Tennessee State Parks - Tennessee offers over 50 State Parks located throughout the state. These parks provide opportunity for a wide variety of recreational activities from visiting historical sites to whitewater rafting.

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