Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
Yes
Lodging
No
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Long Hunter is a 2,600-acre state park located along the shore of Percy Priest Lake. The park is divided into three distinct areas, each offering an abundance of recreational opportunities including hiking, swimming, boating, fishing and even backcountry camping. 

The Day Loop and Volunteer Trail are located within the Bakers Grove area of the park. Both trails offer an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Long Hunter and access the shores of Percy Priest Lake. There are also two backcountry campsites at the end of the Volunteer Trail (5.5 miles one way). These sites can be reserved online

Crossing over Hobson Pike Road you’ll soon come to the main area of the park. Here you’ll find the visitor center and park office, as well as a large open grassy area that is perfect for picnicking, playing frisbee, or exercising your dog. A few short hiking trails are located in this area, and plentiful day-use sites with picnic tables are nearby. A boat ramp provides access to Percy Priest Lake. 

Couchville Lake is also located in this section of the park. Boats and paddleboards can be rented here during the summer months, and fishing off one of the docks is a great choice. A paved path leads around Couchville Lake and through an arboretum where 42 species of trees are identified and labeled. Wildlife is abundant here as well; birds including blue heron, prothonotary warbler, hooded merganser, and osprey are commonly seen. 

The third main area of Long Hunter State Park is Bryant Grove. You can drive here, or hike the 4-mile (one way) Bryant Grove Trail from Couchville Lake. There is a fantastic day use area here with picnic tables, playground, large open spaces for frisbee and volleyball, and even a small swimming beach. A boat ramp provides access to Percy Priest Lake for boaters, and mountain bikers can rejoice as there is a designated biking trail. Pets are not allowed in the Bryant Grove area, unfortunately. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Large park. Hiking, boating, fishing, and more.

Cons

None.

Features

ADA accessible
Vault toilet
Off-leash dog area
Boat ramp(s)
Backcountry camping
Wildlife
Family friendly
Flushing toilets
Big Game Watching
Big vistas
Marina
Fishing
Picnic tables
Near lake or river
Wildflowers
Bird watching
Volleyball
Horseshoes
Bicycling
Playground
Potable water

Location

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