The purpose of Friends of Long Hunter State Park is to help protect and improve the park environment for those who use it; and to support the park staff in its preservation and educational efforts.

We encourage you to join us in our efforts to assist Long Hunter State Park by becoming a member of our organization.

The support given through Yearly Membership Dues, Sponsors, and donations assist in many worthy causes. Your contributions are an investment in the future of Long Hunter State Park.

Upcoming Events

We offer many events throughout the year. We also have a full events calendar. The following is a short list of upcoming events:

Sunday Morning Brisk Walks

Sunday, May 24 at 7:00am

Couchville Lake’s paved trail is the perfect place for an early morning walk. This picturesque, two mile walkway accommodates strollers and joggers alike. Wear comfortable shoes and meet at the trailhead in Area 2 for a quick paced, but easy 45 minute walk.

Location: Couchville Lake Trail, Hermitage, TN 37076, USA

Public Input Hearing and Meet the Manager!

Tuesday, May 26 at 5:30pm

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with an open house and reception to meet park staff and the new Park Manager, Jeff Buchanan. The public hearing portion will begin at 6 p.m. and will last approximately one hour.

More about new Long Hunter State Park Manager:
Jeff Buchanan has been promoted to Park Manager at Long Hunter State Park. Buchanan graduated from Austin Peay State University in 1992 with a B.S. degree in Field Biology. After being hired with Tennessee State Parks in 1995, he was one of the original seven rangers selected to open the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Jeff spent five years at the Bicentennial Mall and during that time completed his EMT training receiving certification from Volunteer State Community college. Buchanan spent time with the Ranger Program Office staff working with parks statewide on an as needed basis before transferring to Cedars of Lebanon State Park in 2001. At Cedars, Jeff managed several park operations and supervised seasonal and career service personal in addition to his ranger duties. Buchanan left in 2006 to assume a ranger position at Long Hunter State Park and is now manager. Buchanan is a member of the Tennessee State Park Special Operations Response Team and an active member of the Tennessee State Parks Horse Mounted patrol unit. He was selected to attend the National Association of State Parks Directors Leadership School in 2013 and graduated this past January.

Location: Long Hunter State Park Visitors Center

Bryant’s Grove Hike

Friday, May 29 at 9:00am

Though this trail is our flattest, it is not a hike for the faint of heart! This is a four mile, one-way trail, so we will be walking eight miles total. We will be meeting at the trailhead in Area 2, right beside the playground. Walking the first four miles to our swim beach will take about 2 hours, & we will spend an hour there to picnic and swim. Our return trip to our cars will be as a group at about noon. Bring sturdy shoes, sunscreen, a sack lunch, and your curiosity.


A lot of support we receive comes from not only members within the Friends group, but also sponsors of local businesses throughout the community who have a love for Long Hunter State Park. If you are interested in sponsoring us, please visit our sponsor page.

The following companies have sponsored the Friends of Long Hunter State Park:

National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, Inc.

National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, Inc.

The NASBA served as an association dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness of the country’s 55 state boards of accountancy for more than 100 years.

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