All programs are free and open to the public. Program participants should meet at the park office unless otherwise noted. The park office is located at 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage, TN 37076.
Saturday, October 5th at 9 AM
The public is invited to join the Friends of Long Hunter State Park group as they discuss park activities and plan for future events. This is your chance to become involved, make new friends, and be a part of all the exciting things happening at the park! Meet inside the park office Nature Circle room. For more information on the Friends of Long Hunter, go to http://friendsoflonghunter.com/.
Sunday, October 6th at 1 PM
Did you know that in 2008 the Couchville Lake Arboretum at Long Hunter became the first state-certified arboretum in Tennessee State Parks? Join Naturalist Jason Allen for a leisurely stroll around the two-mile paved arboretum trail as we discover the wide variety of trees found at Long Hunter State Park. We'll learn to identify trees by their leaves, bark and fruit. Meet at the Couchville Lake/Area 2 bulletin board.
Friday, October 11th at 6 PM
Join the Friends of Long Hunter State Park as we relax under the stars and enjoy the glowing campfire! The Friends group will provide snacks, but feel free to bring other food, potluck items to share, beverages, s'mores, musical instruments, games, stories, telescopes, or any other campfire-appropriate items. This event is appropriate for all ages. Sponsored by the Friends of Long Hunter State Park. Meet at Group Camp 1 (behind park office).
Saturday, October 12th at 7 AM
Join us as we once again attempt to hike all of Long Hunter's trails - 26 miles - in a single day. Whether you hike only a couple of miles or all 26 miles, the objective is to have fun, enjoy the fall foliage, and experience the wide variety of habitats Long Hunter has to offer. Please bring water, lunch, snacks, and good hiking shoes. Those who complete all 26 miles will receive a special certificate of merit. Please meet at the Couchville Lake parking lot in Area 2. Sponsored by the Friends of Long Hunter State Park. For more details, call the park office at 615-885-2422 or go to http://tn-nature.blogspot.com/2013/09/seventh-annual-long-hunter-mega-hike-26.html.
Fri-Sun, October 18th-20th at 9 AM
Long Hunter State Park and the Native American Indian Association of Tennessee are hosting this fun-filled event which includes Indian food, arts and crafts, live music, and dancing. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for seniors & children ages 6-12. Children 5 & under are admitted free. For more information, call 615-232-9179 or go to http://www.naiatn.org/powwow.
Saturday, October 19th at 10 AM
The Natural Movement concept is a physical education & fitness system based on the full range of natural human movement abilities, including walking, running, jumping, balancing, crawling, climbing & swimming. The manipulative skills of lifting, carrying, throwing and catching are also practiced. Join local certified trainer Eric Newman of Rooted Movement for this free two-hour workshop. Free functional movement screenings will be offered as time allows. Meet in front of the Bryant Grove Recreation Area picnic shelter on Barnett Road. For more information, go to http://www.rootedmov.com/ or call 615-967- 8440.
Saturday, October 19th at 1:30 PM
Join Friends of Long Hunter member Jill Thompson for an overnight backpacking trip on the Volunteer Trail. The six-mile hike to the primitive campsite on Saturday will take about 3 ½ hours and include interesting limestone outcrops, cedar and hardwood forests and sweeping views of Percy Priest Lake. The trail is moderately strenuous due to elevation change and rocky trails. Participants are responsible for their own gear, tent, food and water. The group will then hike six miles back to the trailhead on Sunday. **Please note, the only water at the campsite is Percy Priest Lake so make sure to bring your own supply. Participants should meet at the Volunteer Trail parking lot on Bakers Grove Rd. This trip is limited to 10 campers. To RSVP (or get more info), call 615-483-8206 by Oct. 14th. Sponsored by the Friends of Long Hunter State Park.
Saturday, October 26th at 11 AM
This event is part of the 35th Annual Tennessee State Parks Running Tour. This race will include two laps around Couchville Lake. Awards will be presented in five age categories and there will also be a Halloween costume contest. Early registrants will receive a t-shirt. For more info, go to http://www.runtricities.net/asp/racecal_manage.asp?action=view&racecalid=672 or call 615-390-6977.
Long Hunter State Park * 2910 Hobson Pike * Hermitage, TN 37076 * 615-885-2422