Long Hunter State Park - Hermitage, TN - Tennessee State Parks

Welcome to Long Hunter State Park
The 2,600 acres which make up this area became a state park in 1974 and has four sections, Couchville, Baker’s Grove, Bryant Grove and Sellars Farm. Long Hunter State Park offers a variety of recreational activities including fishing and hiking and has two boat launch ramps on J. Percy Priest Lake, a group camp, a backcountry campsite, meeting facility and a visitor center. The more than 20 miles of hiking trails provide a variety of terrain and habitats and range from pleasant strolls to longer jaunts for the more adventurous. Trails include a self-guided, paved arboretum trail and the five and a half -mile Volunteer Trail that follows the lakeshore. Sella's Farm State Archaeological Area is a family-friendly attraction for history enthusiasts interested in learning more about this area. Sellars Farm is one of the few Native American mounds in Tennessee that is protected under government ownership. Based on artifacts discovered at Sellars Farm, the community appears to have been occupied during the Mississippian Period around 900 AD until about 1500 AD. There’s a short loop trail around the farm which is a good hike for guests with children and offers a unique learning experience. Sellars Farm is located on Poplar Hill Road, Watertown, Tenn. 37184 and is a satellite of Long Hunter State Park.

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CAMPING
Rates: $8 per day
Taxes and fees are not included. Rates subject to change. $5 reservation fee per site is non-refundable.
Backcountry Camping- Reservation Required
Long Hunter has 2 primitive campsites for tent camping only, each site has a designated fire ring. Both sites are wooded, offering shade, they are located on the shoreline of J.Percy Priest Lake.
A 6-mile hike is required to reach the sites, beginning at the parking lot, using the Day Loop/Volunteer Trailhead. Backpacking equipment is strongly suggested. There is no running water, electricity, restrooms or heated showers available. Water must be filtered from natural sources or carried in. The campsites are open year-round. Campsite capacity ranges from 8-10 persons.

PAVILIONS
Rates: $50
Taxes and fees are not included. Rates subject to change.
Long Hunter State Park has 1 picnic shelter/pavilion that may be reserved for your next event or gathering. The maximum capacity is 50 people. The shelter is equipped with picnic tables, a grill and access to restrooms. This shelter has a volleyball net, horseshoe pit, fishing pier and playground nearby.
Full day shelter reservations may be made online or by calling the park. If you are interested in reserving a shelter for less than a full day, please contact the park office for availability information.
Picnic shelters or pavilions may be reserved online up to one year in advance with a paid reservation fee. There is a $3.00 cancellation fee for picnic shelter or pavilion reservations cancelled 8 days or more in advance of the reserved date. Reservations cancelled 7 days or less in advance of the reserved date forfeit all paid fees.

SWIMMING
Unsupervised swimming is allowed at Bryant Grove in the designated swimming beach area. Swimming in Couchville Lake and in the area of boat ramps is prohibited. Visitors should use caution as the lake bottom is hazardous and you must swim at your own risk.

BOATING
J. Percy Priest Lake, a 14,000 acre reservoir borders the park and is one of middle Tennessee favorite attractions for fishing, waterskiing, wave runners, pontoons and paddle sports. The park features two public boat launch ramps for access to J. Percy Priest Lake.
Enjoy Couchville Lake's tranquil 110 acres by renting jon boats and canoes during the summer months. Couchville Lake is open year round and the boat dock is open seasonally. Children age five and younger are not allowed in rented vessels. Paddles and vests are provided. All boaters are required to wear life jackets while on Couchville Lake. Gas motors, and personal watercraft, with the exception of canoes and kayaks, are not permitted on Couchville Lake. There is no launch ramp on Couchville Lake for private boats. Park Visitors may bring their own electric trolling motors for use on park row boats.

BIKING
The Jones Mill Mountain Bike Trail is located in the Bryant Grove Recreation Area. It features two loops: one two-mile loop and one 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.
Trail Length: 5 miles
Trail Rating: Intermediate

FISHING
Spring is a great time to fish for bass, crappie, White Bass, and Hybrid Striped Bass on J. Percy Priest Lake (14,000 acre reservoir). Fishing for catfish and bream is productive year round. The park offers two boat launch ramps to J. Percy Priest Lake which can accommodate fishing boats. Couchville Lake (110 acre) is located within the park and provides descent Largemouth Bass fishing. Gas motors, and personal watercraft, with exception of canoes and kayaks, are not permitted on Couchville Lake.

HIKING
Approximately twenty-five miles of easy to moderate hiking trials range from one mile to six miles, covering terrain from cedar glades to oak-hickory forest to bluff overlooks. Couchville’s two mile paved Lake Trail is perfect for strollers and wheelchairs. Maps available at each park unit. Day hikers must exit trails by sunset.

MEETING ROOMS
Rates: $50 per day
Taxes and fees are not included. Rates subject to change.
Available to groups is the Liana Dranes Nature Circle Room located at the park office. The 598 square foot room can be reserved up to one year in advance and can accommodate up to 40 people arranged auditorium style. Catered food can be brought in and bathrooms are available.
Please contact the park office directly for detailed pricing, reservations and more information.

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2910 Hobson Pike
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36.09
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