Address and Phone:
2910 Hobson Pk.
Hermitage, TN 37076
Phone: (615) 885-2422
Hours Open to the Public:
Park: 7:00 a.m. to sunset--Park Office: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Significant for both its natural and historic aspects, Long Hunter State Park is a popular spot on J. Percy Priest Lake for picnicking, swimming, hiking, backpacking, boating, fishing, nature photography and wildlife observation.
Several hiking trails at Long Hunter provide pleasant walking experiences, including the popular two-mile Lake Trail around Couchville Lake. It is also home to the Jason Allen Arboretum Trail that weaves its way through the first certified arboretum in a Tennessee State Park.
Thousands of years before the arrival of white settlers, this area, called the Middle Hunting Ground, was contested by Cherokee, Creek and Shawnee Indians. In the 1760s, just after the French and Indian War, English, French, Irish and German pioneers were the first Europeans to settle the territory west of the Appalachian Mountains. Daniel Boone of Kentucky was the most famous of these “long hunters,” who came here on yearlong expeditions to hunt and trade with the Cherokee. As many as 30 men would operate out of fortified stations.
Couchville, Baker's Grove, Bryant Grove and Sellars Farm units are named for distinct farming communities, most now inundated by the reservoir formed when Stones River was impounded to create J. Percy Priest Lake. Hikers in the park can still see the stone remains of those early homesteads.
Sellars Farm is of particular interest to historians, as it contains remnants of a Native American community from prehistoric time, abandoned by the time white settlers arrived.
From Nashville, take I-40 East to Mt. Juliet Road; Exit 226-A. Go south 6.2 miles to main park entrance. Or, take I-24 east to Old Hickory Boulevard, Exit 62. Go north (left) on SR171 6.4 miles to main park entrance.
Get turn-by-turn direction using the interactive map above.
Looking for a day of fun and frolic? Here's a quick list of nearby attractions that you may enjoy.
Date: Dec 12, 2013
Oaklands Historic House Museum's Home School Holiday Tour
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
Date: Dec 13, 2013
A Night of Live Music and Fantastic Food at the hip, historic Commodore Hotel
Location: Linden, TN
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