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.
We offer many events throughout the year. We also have a Full Event Calendar. The following is a short list of upcoming events:
Member Only: Friends of Long Hunter Campout!
Friday, September 22 at 12:00pm
Have you ever wanted to camp out in the Park? Here’s your chance to do just that!
Open to Members (and Families) of the Friends of Long Hunter State Park. The event will be cancelled in the event of severe weather.
The Friends group is providing only the group campsite … drive on down the road past Group Camp 1 to Group Camp 2 to unload your camping gear; you can begin as early as 12 PM on Friday (check out is no later than 3 PM on Saturday). Please bring all the camping equipment, grills, cooking utensils and any food/drink items you’ll need for your overnight camping. The Park Office restrooms will be unlocked and available during our stay.
For those not wanting to camp out overnight, there will be a fire that will be coal-ready for cooking any campfire foods you bring at 6:30PM and again the next morning at 7:00AM. Please bring some wood for the fire; note that any firewood brought into the park must be certified heat-treated firewood (use of dead and down wood from an area adjacent to the fire is acceptable). Manufactured fire logs are also acceptable.
Reading Ranger Story Trail Guided Hikes and Activity
Friday, September 22 at 6:00pm
Join Ranger Rawlings to celebrate TN Imagination Library Week. We’ll hike the story trail and read Pitter and Patter then make a special keepsake to take home. Meet at the trailhead in Area 2
Eagle Scout Project - Trail Cleanup
Saturday, September 23 at 8:45am
Evan Brandon will be hosting a cleanup for the Long Hunter State Park Volunteer Trail.
From Evan Brandon:
It's been a long time coming, but I'm looking to finally complete requirements for my Eagle rank. With that comes the service project. If you’re willing to pitch in, I can use your help.
The Project: My project will be to clean up the Volunteer Trail at Long Hunter State Park. It’s a great trail, but it has become littered in recent years. This is not just an eyesore; it’s also a source of pollution to Percy Priest Lake. We’ll focus on the part of the trail that runs along the shore of Percy Priest Lake. The project is ambitious, so I'll need as much help as possible to complete it.
Date: The project will commence on Saturday, September 23rd, at 8:45 a.m.
Where to Meet: We’ll rendezvous at the terminus of Bakers Grove Road at 8:45 a.m. From the Visitors’ Center at Long Hunter State Park, turn right onto Hobson Pike; take Hobson Pike approximately 0.6 miles; turn left onto Bakers Grove Lane; take an immediate right onto Bakers Grove Road; once on Bakers Grove Road, you’ll pass Lovell Church on the left; follow Bakers Grove Road to the terminus, from which we'll take a short hike to the trail. GPS coordinates of the rendezvous point are: 36.11273, -86.56872.
What’s in It for You? You get to enjoy the outdoors. You’ll have the satisfaction of cleaning up a pretty nice trail.
What You Should Bring: I recommend that you wear long pants and sturdy shoes that you don’t mind getting damp (or wet). If you have utility gloves, they will be useful. In case it rains, bring the rainwear of your choice. I recommend also that you apply bug dope, as we’ll be off trail a good bit. If you think you’ll need a snack, you may bring it (but I’ll have some snacks on hand). Bring at least a liter of water, as staying hydrated is crucial.
What I Will Provide: I’ll supply garbage bags and ties. I’ll provide snacks and lunch. I’ll also have extra water and some extra bug dope and utility gloves. And I’ll bring a first-aid kit.
How to Sign Up: If you’d like to join, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Need More Info? Lost?
If you need more information or you get lost making your way to the site, my cell number is: 615-788-3741. My Dad’s (Mark Brandon’s) cell number is 205-394-4613. My Mom’s (Kathryn Brandon’s) cell number is 615-498-6070.
I'm looking forward to finally earning Eagle after so long, and I can only do it with your help! Let me know if you're interested and keep a look out for more information.
Location: Volunteer Trail
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.
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