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.

August 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.

Friends of Long Hunter Monthly Meeting

Saturday, August 5 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 Nature Circle room.

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

Pollinator Prowl

Saturday, August 5 at 11:00am

Did you know that some species of beetles, moths and flies are pollinators? Join Ranger Schilling at the Couchville Cedar Glade State Natural Area at 11 AM as we explore pollination and observe the animals that perform this vital task. This is an easy, 1 mile loop trail that provides an array of wildflowers and pollinators. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes.

Location: Couchville Cedar Glade State Natural Area, Tyler Sykes Trail, Hermitage, TN 37076, USA

Summer Night Sounds

Saturday, August 5 at 6:30pm

Join Ranger Rawlings for a sunset stroll to take in the sounds of summer. We hope to be serenaded by katydids, frogs, and nightjars and maybe a few surprises! Meet at the Shelter House in Area 2 for an easy, 2 mile walk on the Couchville Lake Trail.

Location: Couchville Lake Trail, Hermitage, TN 37076, USA

Long Hunter Historical Series: Sing Me a Song

Sunday, August 6 at 1:00pm

Join Ranger Rawlings for a study of popular folk songs of the 1800’s, and hear the stories behind the songs. Guitars and other instruments are welcomed, and come prepared to sing! Meet at the park office in Area 1 at 1 PM.

Solar Eclipse: Crafts for Kids

Wednesday, August 9 at 1:00pm

Join Ranger Schilling at the Park Office in Area 1 for crafts relating to the Great American Solar Eclipse. Children will have the opportunity to better understand what a solar eclipse is, and why August 21st is going to be a very special day!

Solar Eclipse: How to Stare at the Sun and Not Go Blind

Saturday, August 12 at 1:00pm

Eye safety is an extremely important aspect when preparing for the Great American Solar Eclipse. Attend this program to learn about how to properly view a solar eclipse, and how to make your own Eclipse Viewer. Ranger: Schilling.

Location: Long Hunter State Park Office

Solar Eclipse: The Great American Solar Eclipse is Coming!

Saturday, August 12 at 4:00pm

The total eclipse of the sun on August 21st is being called the Great American Solar Eclipse. Join Ranger Rawlings for a brief history of eclipses and make a safe viewing device to use at home. You won’t want to miss this once in a lifetime chance. Be eclipse ready today!

Long Hunter Historical Series: Two Roads Diverged in a Wood

Sunday, August 13 at 1:00pm

Learn how a long hunter navigated the wilds of Tennessee in the 1700s and test your newfound skills. Meet Ranger Blackwell at the Inland Trail in Area 4 at 1 PM.

Location: Inland Trail, Long Hunter State Park

Kayaking Basics for Beginners

Thursday, August 17 at 6:00pm

Local kayaking expert, Geoff Luckett, will teach you some tips for handling a kayak. Come learn how to safely operate your own craft, or borrow one of ours. Paddles and lifejackets are provided. Must be at least 6 years old to participate. $20/person. Register at: http://tnstateparks.com/parks/event_details/long-hunter/

*SPACE IS LIMITED, A PRINTED COPY OF RECEIPT IS TICKET TO THE TRAINING – NO EXCEPTIONS

Location: Couchville Lake Trail, Hermitage, TN 37076, USA

Solar Eclipse: The Great American Solar Eclipse is Coming!

Saturday, August 19 at 4:00pm

The total eclipse of the sun on August 21st is being called the Great American Solar Eclipse. Join Ranger Rawlings for a brief history of eclipses and make a safe viewing device to use at home. Be eclipse ready today!

Location: Long Hunter State Park Office

Long Hunter Historical Series: Tools of the Trade: Long Hunter of the Eighteenth Century

Sunday, August 20 at 1:00pm

What is a “possibles bag” and other burning questions answered (but not near the powder horn) by our own resident long hunter. Be prepared for a potential flintlock demonstration by Ranger Blackwell. Meet behind the visitor’s center in Area 1 at 1 PM.

Total Solar Eclipse Viewing and Hike at Couchville Cedar Glade

Monday, August 21 at 11:30am

Couchville Glade falls within the “path of totality” where the moon will completely block the view of the sun for a short period of time. We'll start with an overview of the eclipse, followed by a viewing of the grand spectacle. We'll end with a hike of the natural area to discuss the cedar glade ecosystem and the plants found there. Participants should wear sturdy shoes, hat and regular sunglasses, and bring water, snacks and sunscreen. Certified glasses for safely viewing the eclipse will be provided. Trip leader David Adams is a Middle Tennessee ecologist for the state natural areas program.

Fee: $10.

RSVP Deadline: 8/17/17

Online registration:
http://tnstateparks.com/events/details/#/?event=total-solar-eclipse-viewing-and-hike

Location: Couchville Lake Trail, Hermitage, TN 37076, USA

Intermediate Kayaking

Thursday, August 24 at 6:00pm

Already know the basics or just a bit rusty? Then come join local kayaking expert, Geoff Luckett, for this mid-level class. Come learn how to safely operate your own craft, or borrow one of ours. Paddles and lifejackets are provided. Must be at least 6 years old to participate. $20/person. Register at: http://tnstateparks.com/parks/event_details/long-hunter/

*SPACE IS LIMITED, A PRINTED COPY OF RECEIPT IS TICKET TO THE TRAINING – NO EXCEPTIONS

Location: Couchville Lake Trail, Hermitage, TN 37076, USA

Long Hunter Historical Series: Long Hunter Shelter Demo

Sunday, August 27 at 1:00pm

Meet Ranger Thurman at the Park Office in Area 1 at 1 PM to take a stroll to our Long Hunter half shelter. Shelters were critical for long hunters’ survival in the Tennessee wilderness. The half shelter may be finished, or we may just be breaking ground. Regardless, key materials will be present for you to discover how easy…or challenging constructing these essential structures is.

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.
  • For additions, last-minute hikes, photos, and other park news, visit the Long Hunter Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/longhunterstatepark

 

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