Events & Activities

The following is the list of activites at the park. You can also check our facebook page for additional last minute events or program changes.

June 2018 - Long Hunter State Park Program Schedule

All programs are free and open to the public unless noted. Program participants should meet at the park office unless otherwise noted. The park office is located at 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage, TN 37076. For more information, call 615-885-2422.

Friends of Long Hunter Monthly Meeting

Saturday, June 2 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

Annual Potluck Lunch

Saturday, June 2 at 11:00am

Father's Day Hike

Sunday, June 17 at 2:00pm

Take a breather from the city!

Bring dad out to the park to enjoy a stroll along the Couchville Lake trail. We’ll see how many animal dads we can find with their young ones.
Park Ranger Jeremy Blackwell

TN Promise Saturday at Sellars Farm

Saturday, June 23 at 7:00am

Although there are other mounds, this mound is the most observable mound on the grounds, and thus is a major priority to keep it manicured for all park visitors to enjoy. Hand loppers, gloves, and other necessary items will be provided as we spend our efforts ridding the mound of privet, honeysuckle, and other unwanted plant growth. We will also be clearing brush in the adjacent bastion and palisade area.

Meet in the site parking lot with proper work clothes and boots (NO flip flops or open toed shoes will be allowed). Work will begin at 7:00 AM and we will finish at approximately 11:00 AM.

Address for Sellars Farm is: Poplar Hill Road Watertown, TN 37184, from I-40 take exit 239-A and merge onto US-70E/Sparta Pike, then turn left onto Poplar Hill Road. Note: There is no numeric address; you will clearly see the brown signs for the Sellars Farm entrance 0.4 miles down Poplar Hill Road on the left.

Meet at:
Sellars Farm State Archeological Area, Poplar Hill Road Watertown, TN 37184

Park Ranger Chris Thurman

Location: Sellars Farm State Archeological Area, Poplar Hill Road Watertown, TN 37184

New: Reading Ranger Story Trail

Saturday, June 23 at 11:00am

Come read, exercise and explore with us!

In partnership with the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation and La Vergne Public Library, Long Hunter State Park proudly introduces the third edition of this innovative program that combines the fun of outdoor exercise and a children's book.
The public is invited for the unveiling and fun hands-on activities on Saturday, June 23rd from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Couchville Lake area of the park. This is a free event, held rain or shine. No RSVP is necessary.
This year's book is Miss Maple's Seeds, written and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler. It's the story of a tiny woman who fosters lost seeds and teaches them their value of being a seed. The story introduces young minds to ideas about seeds and their journey to become a plant as they walk along a beautiful quarter-mile trail. Children can enjoy the engaging artwork as each sign reveals the story.

Located beside the Couchville Lake parking lot, the Reading Ranger Story Trail will be accessible every day during regular park hours - 7 a.m. until sunset - through Spring 2019. The trail is an easy 1/4-mile wooded path.

On opening day, the trail dedication and ribbon cutting will commence at 11 a.m. Ongoing activities from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. include games, various booths, self-guided tours of the trail, and registering children with "Books from Birth" with Imagination Library representatives.

Directions to the Reading Ranger Story Trail: Enter Long Hunter State Park at the main entrance (2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage, TN 37076) and then take the first left and proceed to the parking lot beside Couchville Lake. The Reading Ranger Story Trail (aka Nature Loop Trail) is located at the backside of the parking lot.

Campsite and Fire Building Basics

Sunday, June 24 at 1:00pm

Want to learn how to set up a tent and build a campfire? Meet Ranger Thurman at the Visitor's Center at 1 pm for a quick and easy lesson

Meet at:
Visitor's Center

Ranger Thurman

Location: Visitors center

Morning Single-Kayak Float

Monday, June 25 at 8:30am

Meet at the boat house in the Couchville Lake Area at 8:30AM - 10AM

Age 10 and older only
$10.00 per person
Life jackets and paddles provided
Release Waivers are required to be filled out and signed by the responsible party or operator of the vessel, before entering the water.
Pets are prohibited in the area
Bring your receipt to confirm your reservation
Everyone must register to participate and pay before arrival
We will be on the lake for about 2 hours. This program is open to beginners but space is limited so be sure to register on our website! See you there!

GPS address: 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage, TN 37076

Directions: Turn off of Hobson Pike into the park entrance, turn left toward Couchville Lake. This road will dead end into the area. The boat house is to the left of the fishing pier.

Everyone must register to participate and pay before arrival...

Location: 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage, TN 37076

June Scenic Hayride

Saturday, June 30 at 1:00pm

How about a hay ride?! Pay a few bucks and load up for a hay ride with a ranger around the Couchville Lake side of Long Hunter State Park. We will see all four of the main areas, including a ride through the boat ramp area and perhaps some areas not normally traversed.

6 years of age and older only
Call the office to register for the event
No money accepted day of event
A receipt of the registration must be presented to the Ranger
Pets are prohibited
All children must be accompanied by a guardian
Whether you are older, out of shape, or just want to go on a scenic tractor-pulled hay ride it is a good reason to visit the great outdoors at Long Hunter State Park. Meet at the Couchville Lake Area near the playground. The tractor and wagon will be ready and waiting.

Participants must register before the event by registering online or calling the visitor center.

Meet at:
Couchville Lake Area

Park Ranger Chris Thurman

Please Note:

  • Programs may be cancelled due to severe weather.
  • Pets are welcome in most areas, but prohibited in Area 2 and at Bryant’s Grove.
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