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 2017 - 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.
National Trails Day
Saturday, June 3 at 8:00am
Saturday is National Trails Day and from 8:00am to 11:30am we will be partnering with REI staff and their volunteers to repair the access trail from Area 3 to the lakeshore. Please meet in the Area 3 parking lot. Snacks, gloves, insect repellent and tools will be provided. Wear sturdy shoes. Every volunteer will earn a 2017 REI Stewartship T-Shirt.
If you haven't heard your Friend's group was awarded a $5000 grant from REI to help support the Jones Mill Mountain Bike Trail expansion project. So you see, there is a lot to celebrate!
Friends of Long Hunter Monthly Meeting
Saturday, June 3 at 11:30am
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 Nature Circle room.
We will be electing a new president, secretary and treasurer and will also have our annual picnic with pizza from Angelo's Picnic Pizza!
We are asking that you bring a salad, desert, or drinks and if you have extra cups that would be nice too!
We will start our monthly meeting 11:30am which will begin with the picnic and then on to electing our new board members at 12:30pm.
Please sign-up so we know what you will be bringing:
Birding for Beginners
Sunday, June 4 at 8:00am
Come listen and observe the several species of birds that call Long Hunter State Park home. Meet Ranger Schilling at the Couchville Lake Trailhead in Area 2 to learn about the basics of birding. Binoculars recommended.
Budding Outdoorsman Summer Series: Wet a Line
Sunday, June 4 at 1:00pm
Meet a ranger at the boathouse in Area 2 to learn the basics of fishing, a favored pastime. This program is aimed to hook inexperienced people into fishing.
Free fishing day in Tennessee
Saturday, June 10 - All Day
Come out to Long Hunter State Park and enjoy this Annual one-day event of fishing whether you have a fishing license or not. Bring your pole or borrow one of ours. If you forget the bait, no worries we have BAIT FOR SALE at our boat house/boat rentals.
We will have some events and booths available throughout the morning and early afternoon. So join Long Hunter State Park and The US Army Corps of Engineers at Couchville Lake/Area 2 for fishing fun.
Budding Outdoorsman Summer Series: Setting Sail
Monday, June 12 at 6:00pm
Come learn about the different boating amenities offered at Long Hunter State Park and how to safely operate each craft. Meet at the boathouse in Area 2 at 6pm. Then go for a short cruise on Couchville Lake in a kayak. Must be at least 6 years old and sign up in advance. To register please go to www. tnstateparks.com/parks/events/long-hunter Please print and bring a copy of your receipt as this will be your ticket for admittance. No Exceptions. Fees apply.
Saturday, June 17 at 1:00pm
Come learn about the largest and most diverse animal group on the planet! Meet Ranger Schilling at the office to learn about the importance of insects and the basics of insect identification. Long pants recommended.
Location: Area 1 at Deer Trail
Sunset in the Park
Saturday, June 17 at 7:00pm
Take a breather from the city! Bring dad out to the park to enjoy an evening stroll and the sunset. We’ll see how many animal dads we can find with their young ones. Ranger: Rawlings.
Location: Meet at the Shelter in Area 2
Budding Outdoorsman Summer Series: Campsite and Fire building Basics
Sunday, June 18 at 1:00pm
Want to learn how to set up a tent and build a campfire? Join Ranger Thurman at the park office in Area 1 at 1 pm for a quick and easy lesson.
Reading Ranger Story Trail - Unveiling of New Story!
Saturday, June 24 at 11:00am
Long Hunter State Park will unveil the second edition of the Reading Ranger Story Trail on Saturday, June 24. The Story Trail combines outdoor exercise with childhood literacy through storybook artwork along a quarter-mile trail.
Tennessee State Parks has partnered with the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation and the Nashville Public Library to bring visitors the children’s storybook "Pitter and Patter" by Martha Sullivan. Engaging artwork by Cathy Morrison reveals the journey of two raindrops traveling through the water cycle and greeting animal friends along the way. The story introduces young minds to this vital environmental concept as they walk along a state park trail.
Located near Couchville Lake, the Story Trail will be accessible daily during regular park hours, 7 a.m.-sunset, until Spring 2018.
Location: Area 2, near Couchville Lake
Budding Outdoorsman Summer Series: Historic Woodland Animals of TN
Sunday, June 25 at 1:00pm
Mountain Lions, Long hunters, and Black Bears, oh my! Meet a long hunter lost in time to hear tales about Tennessee wildlife as he remembers it from the late 18th century. Meet at the office at 1pm.
- Programs may be cancelled due to severe weather.
- Pets are welcome in most areas, but prohibited in Area 2 and at Bryant’s Grove.
- For additions, last-minute hikes, photos, and other park news, visit the Long Hunter Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/longhunterstatepark