Meeting Time: 10:00 AM
Meeting Place: Volunteer Trail/Day Loop parking lot located on Bakers Grove Road, north of the main park entrance
Hike Distance: Approximately 4.5 miles
Estimated Hike Time: 3-4 hours
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Hike Leader: Ponda
Beat the heat and head for the shade on Long Hunter's wild and rocky Day Loop Trail. We will be keeping an eye out for summer wildflowers, songbirds and shorebirds, rock formations, majestic trees, and other unique flora and fauna that call Long Hunter State Park home. There are also impressive views of Percy Priest Lake from high atop the Day Loop bluffs, so you might also want to bring along binoculars. We will be hiking the entire Day Loop Trail and a small segment of the Volunteer Trail.
Keep in mind that this will not be a fast-paced hike; there will be occasional stops for nature interpretation, discussions, photos, etc. Feel free to ask questions during the hike.
Remember to wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water and insect repellent. And don't forget to bring food or snacks as we will likely stop for lunch alongside the trail at some point.
Since this is an interpretive nature hike, no pets please. Kids are welcome.
Directions to Volunteer Trail/Day Loop: The Volunteer Trail/Day Loop trailhead is located on Bakers Grove Road, which is about a half-mile north of the main park entrance on Hobson Pike. While traveling north on Hobson Pike, just look for the brown "Volunteer Trail" sign at the Bakers Grove Road turn. After turning onto Bakers Grove, make a quick left and proceed to the end of the road, which is the Volunteer Trail/Day Loop parking lot. For further directions, call the park office at[masked]-2422.