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.
May 2022 - 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.
The Big Payback
Wednesday, May 4 at 6:00pm
We are participating! The Big Payback is an annual 24-hour, online giving celebration raising money and awareness for more than 1,000 area nonprofits, schools and faith-based organizations. Let's come together online at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4 through 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 5 and give to the nonprofits that help make Middle Tennessee a place we are proud to call home.
The clock starts ticking at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2022!
The Big Payback is an annual 24-hour, online giving celebration raising money and awareness for more than 1,000 area nonprofits, schools and faith-based organizations.
Let's come together online at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4 through 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 5 and give to the nonprofits that help make Middle Tennessee a place we are proud to call home.Visit our Big Payback Profile here:
Friends of Long Hunter Monthly Meeting
Saturday, May 7 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.
FLHSP Board Planning Meeting
Saturday, May 7 at 11:00am
As a reminder - all of our board meetings are open toeveryone. If you are not a member of the board but you’re interested in theseplanning sessions, stay for the planning session, and join in the conversationfollowing the regular meeting, you are welcome.
Saturday, May 21 at 8:30am
Early Morning Bird Walk Composting 101 Wild Edibles Storybook Trail Scavenger Hunt Native Plants of Middle Tennessee Honey Bees and the TSP Honey Bee Project Live Animal Show by NHECM Cedar Glade Hike
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Early Morning Bird Walk
Storybook Trail Scavenger Hunt
Native Plants of Middle Tennessee
Honey Bees and the TSP Honey Bee Project
Live Animal Show by NHECM
Cedar Glade Hike
- 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