Earth Day Hike with State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath - Long Hunter State Park

HIKE STATS:

Meeting Time: 1:15 PM
Meeting Place: Volunteer Trail/Day Loop parking lot on Bakers Grove Road; or join the carpool at the park office (see directions below for details).
Hike Distance: Approximately 4.5 miles
Estimated Hike Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Hike Leader: Randy Hedgepath

The Long Hunter Earth Day Festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 26th, and one of many events the park will host that day is this special hike led by State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath.

Spring is a great time to visit Long Hunter's wild and rocky Day Loop Trail. The area features some of the park's most impressive natural features: majestic trees, rocky outcrops, a wide variety of plants, and impressive views of Percy Priest Lake from high atop the bluffs. We'll be keeping an eye out for spring wildflowers, songbirds and shorebirds, rock formations and other unique flora and fauna that call Long Hunter home. We will hike the entire Day Loop, which also consists of a small section of the Volunteer Trail, for a total of approximately 4.5 miles.

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. And don't forget your camera and binoculars.

Remember to wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water, snacks and insect repellent. There are no restroom facilities available in this area of the park.

Since this is a special interpretive nature hike, no pets please. Kids are welcome, but keep in mind the 4.5-mile distance.

For information about other hikes and presentations scheduled for Long Hunter's Earth Day celebration, go to http://friendsoflonghunter.com/news_events.html. The Earth Day Festival is sponsored and presented by the Friends of Long Hunter State Park.

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. 

***Parking at the Day Loop/Volunteer Trail is limited on weekends. You may also park at Group Camp 1 (behind the park office) no later than 1 P.M. to carpool to the trail. The park office is located at 2910 Hobson Pike. Enter the park main entrance and take the first right to reach the park office. 

For further directions, call the park office at [masked].

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  • Donna L.

    Nice to have such a knowledgeable guide with some funny stories.

    April 27

  • Alan L.

    Randy is so knowledgeable about flora and fauna! I expected to learn a lot and did.

    April 26

  • bill h.

    Randy, I'm leading a hike at Peeler that day so I've taken myself off this list.
    See you next time!

    April 21

  • Renee W.

    I'm sorry I had to change my reservation to a "No," as I will be caring for my friend who will be recovering from surgery.

    April 20

  • Jill

    Dogs are allowed on the Volunteer/Day Loop Trail but not on this particular hike because it is a special interpretive hike.

    March 25

  • Dani R.

    It's too bad that dogs aren't allowed.

    March 25

  • Rebecca m.

    Had to change my rsvp I will be in gatlinburg this wknd.

    March 19

  • Rebecca m.

    I love this trail I do it almost every weekend!

    March 4

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