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History of Long Hunter

Long Hunter State Recreation Park is located on the southeast shore of J. Percy Priest Lake, formed in 1968 by the impoundment of the historical Stones River. The river was dammed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control and hydroelectric power. The Stones River Basin has a rich history. The area was a favored hunting ground for Creek, Chickasaw, Shawnee, and Cherokee Indians. It was explored and settled by early pioneers and long hunters and was the site of the historic Battle of Stones River during the Civil War. With its rich bottomlands and hardwood forest, Stones River fostered the growth and settlement of the area. Today, with the development of J. Percy Priest Lake, Stones River continues to be a positive influence on the growth and development of Middle Tennessee. As the area grows, the demand for quality outdoor recreational experiences grows. Long Hunter State Recreation Park has been established to help satisfy those needs. We hope that you enjoy your experience at Long Hunter State Park.


Long Hunter State Recreation Park currently has nearly 20 miles of hiking trails offering a quality outdoor experience for everyone. Nearly all of the trails have been built through volunteer work. Scout groups, school groups, clubs and organizations, and interested individuals have invested thousands of man-hours in developing these trails and continue to assist in their maintenance and perseverence. If you are interested in volunteering in any way, please contact our office.

Contact Info

For additional information, contact:
Park Manager
Long Hunter State Recreation Park
2910 Hobson Pike
Hermitage, TN 37076
Phone: (615) 885-2422


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