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Day Loop/Volunteer Trail Nature Hike - Long Hunter State Park

HIKE STATS:

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.


 

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  • susan

    This was a fun enjoyable hike. It was not a rushed hike to see how fast you could get it done, but rather a well paced hike where you could see, enjoy and learn about the natural setting, trees, flowers, animals, centipedes, etc. The hike had excellent guides and a great group of people. I would like to see a lot more hikes of the caliber offered.

    June 20, 2013

    • Jason A.

      Thanks, Susan! Glad you enjoyed it. Ponda and I both plan to continue leading more nature hikes such as this one. We had fun hiking with you all...

      June 20, 2013

  • robert s. b.

    Outstanding

    June 19, 2013

    • Jason A.

      Enjoyed hiking with you, Bob. Hope to do it again soon...

      June 19, 2013

  • charlotte b.

    shady, scenic trail. Excellent guides. Hated to leave early but I had an important appointment. Very friendly group. I'd do this one again...thanks!

    June 19, 2013

    • Jason A.

      Thanks for the kind words, Charlotte! You're right, it was a great group of people. Hope to see you on a hike again soon...

      1 · June 19, 2013

  • Jason A.

    Yes, the hike is on!

    June 18, 2013

    • Jason A.

      Not raining at the park now, looks like the rain is moving out...

      June 18, 2013

  • Andrea M.

    Me and Charlotte are here

    June 18, 2013

  • susan

    Ponda, is the hike still on for today?

    June 18, 2013

  • jason

    I live near long hunter, and its raining.. its my first hike with meetup, but im afraid I have to cancel this one..sorry... rain is bad for my health condition....

    June 18, 2013

    • Toomie

      Ok, if it's raining I will have to cancel too.

      June 18, 2013

  • Beth H.

    Have to cancel. I apologize for the late notice.

    June 18, 2013

  • susan

    sorry to cancel but have to do something for my son

    June 15, 2013

  • Andrea M.

    Looking forward to it

    June 13, 2013

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