Welcome

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.

News

COVID-19 Updates

When considering a visit, Tennessee State Parks encourages the following:

  • Stay at home if you are sick or do not feel well.
  • Maintain at least six feet of distance between you and other visitors.
  • Visit parks that are only a short distance from your home.
  • Consider visiting earlier in the day so you can adjust plans if a park is full. Tennessee State Parks may limit access to certain parks or areas if capacity is reached.
  • Plan ahead. Many Tennessee State Parks buildings will be closed. Plan to bring your own snacks, water and hand sanitizer.
  • Prepare for limited or no bathroom access. Some restrooms remain open, but many will not.
  • Consider bringing a mask and wearing it when around other people.
  • Carry your trash with you or dispose of it in the appropriate containers to help keep our cleaning staff safe and our parks litter-free.
  • Overcrowding may cause entire parks or portions of parks to close.

Always check the Tennessee State Parks: Long Hunger State Park website for more up-to-date information.

The 100 Mile Club

The 100 Mile Club is back at Long Hunter State Park!

Walking, running, or rolling 100 miles at the park on our great trails between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. Participants will get a t-shirt while helping raise money for the FLHSP and encourages people to get out on our park trails.

Learn More & Register

Upcoming Events

We offer many events throughout the year. We also have a Full Event Calendar. The following is a short list of upcoming events:

Spring Thing

Saturday, May 21 at 8:30am

Early Morning Bird Walk
8:30am - 9:30am - Starts at Park Office
Join John Froeschauer, retired State Regional Interpretive Specialist, for an early morning bird walk. John has been a favorite at Long Hunter for many years and will bring his expertise to us once again.  John will help us see and hear the many birds that are up and tweeting during the morning hours.  We will be identifying both local and migratory species by sight and sound. Bring binoculars if you have them for the best chance to see everything. What a wonderful way to start a day!

Composting 101
9:00am - 10:00am - Starts at Park Office

Come learn about composting and how it is nature's way of recycling food and yard waste while diverting waste from going into our landfills. Join Jennifer Harriman who is part of the Zero Waste Nashville with Metro Government and a chance to win a composting bin!

Wild Edibles
10:00am - 12:00pm - Starts at the Park Office

Back by popular demand, Sharen Bracy - author, speaker, gardener,and beekeeper - will change your ideas about what you can eat in the great outdoors. Join Sharen in the meeting room for some basic info, then follow her outside as she leads the group around the office area to search for wild edibles. Eating wild is what it’s all about, and don’t miss this chance to sample and purchase some of Sharen’s wonderful wild jams, jellies and more.

Storybook Trail Scavenger Hunt
Between 11:00am - 12:00pm - Starts at StorybookTrail at Couchville Lake Parking Lot
Follow along the storybook trail while you not only read the story but also hunt for the many items on the scavenger hunt list.  Perfect for pre-school to elementary age kids who will love the cute prizes given to all that participate. This is a short 1/4-mile trail. Start any time after 11:00am and finish up at your own pace by noon.

Native Plants of Middle Tennessee
12:00pm - 1:00pm - Starts at Park Office

Come hear about native plants from Shelly Wilkerson.  Shelly is part of the Davidson County Master Gardeners. She enjoys including native plants in her suburban garden to help sustain birds, bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.

Honey Bees and the TSP Honey Bee Project
1:00pm - 2:00pm - ParkOffice
Learn about general beekeeping and - more specifically - about the Tennessee State Parks Honey Bee Project from Chris Warren, Deputy Director of TDEC's Office of Talent Management and a veteran beekeeper. The Honey Bee Project is an exciting undertaking in several Tennessee state parks.The project promotes the survival of honey bees while also improving the pollination of native plants.

Live Animal Show by NHECM
12:00pm - 1:00pm - Shelter by Couchville Lake Parking Lot
Bob Tater, is a wildlife biologist and owner of Natural History Educational Company of the Midsouth (NHECM). They present different curriculums with the foundations in biology and life science along with geography and social studies for elementary school students through high school students.

Cedar Glade Hike
2:00pm - 4:00 pm - Starts at Cedar Glade Parking Lot on South Mt. Juliet Road
Roger McCoy, Director of the Division of natural areas, will talk about and lead a hike through our fabulous Couchville Cedar Glades. Participants may wish to bring water and use bug spray for the afternoon walk through the glades.  You MUST sign up for the hike at: https://reserve.tnstateparks.com/register/couchville-natural-area--afternoon-stroll-through

Friends of Long Hunter Monthly Meeting

Saturday, June 4 at 10:00am

Join the Friends of Long Hunter State Park group as they discuss park activities and plan for the future. This is your chance to become involved, make new friends, and be a part of all the exciting things happening at the park! The meetings are open to everyone. Meet inside the park office meeting room.

Location: Long Hunter State Park, 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage, TN 37076,

Friends Appreciation Day

Saturday, June 4 at 11:00am

Sponsors

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:

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