Volunteer Trail Overnight Backpack - Long Hunter State Park


Meeting Time: 3:30 PM
Meeting Place: Long Hunter State Park office (see directions below).
Hike Distance: 12 miles total (6 miles on Friday, 6 miles back on Saturday)
Estimated Hike Time: 3 hours to campsite
Difficulty: Moderate
Hike Leader: Friends of Long Hunter member Doug Meyer.

On Friday, we will hike six miles on the Volunteer Trail to the primitive campsite beside Percy Priest Lake. It will take approximately three hours to reach the campsite. The hike will include interesting limestone outcrops, cedar and hardwood forests, and sweeping views of Percy Priest Lake. The hike is rated moderate due to some slight elevation change, rocky trails, and distance.

The trail does not loop, so the group will then hike six miles back to the trailhead on Saturday for a total hike of 12 miles round trip.

Please note, the only water at the campsite is Percy Priest Lake so make sure to bring your own supply. Participants are also responsible for their own food, camping gear, light source, insect repellent, etc.  

Participants should meet at the Long Hunter State Park office; the group will then carpool to the trailhead located just off Hobson Pike at 1594 Bakers Grove Road.

The hike leader will be completing the camper registration form required by the park.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Long Hunter State Park.

*** Note: All attendees, please send the hike leader the following information in order to complete the camp registration: Full name and emergency contact. (Please send a private message, DO NOT post publicly.) 

Directions to Long Hunter State Park office:

Enter Long Hunter State Park at the main park entrance (2910 Hobson Pike) and take the first right, which is the park office. 

For further directions or park information, call the park office at[masked]-2422. 

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  • Douglas James M.

    There was three of us who went on this trip, two makes, one female. We enjoyed near perfect temperatures, high's in the 60's, low of 50. Great trip.

    1 · May 17, 2014

  • Douglas James M.

    Good morning everyone, it appears we have had some weather changes in the forecast over the past two days. There is a chance of rain this evening, with possible showers tomorrow morning. Either way, hikes such as this are nice, rain or shine. A day in the woods with rain, beats a any day at the office!

    See everyone this afternoon.

    May 16, 2014

    • Sarah W.

      thats not stopping me. Just just done seam sealing my tent lol

      2 · May 16, 2014

  • Sarah W.

    I am new to this group and am a little nervous. Ive done this hike many times before alone with my dog. Its nice to finally be going with people :)

    May 8, 2014

    • Douglas James M.

      Sarah, I look forward to meeting you. This should be a great weekend. I usually have my son, who will be with me on this trip. He's my hiking partner.

      May 8, 2014

  • jeff j.

    Would like to do this with my 6 yr old boy. Can you plan another after school and soccer are finished??

    May 6, 2014

    • Douglas James M.

      Jeff, I would be more than happy to lead another group. I'm planning on found another, as my 9 yr old would like to go as well. I'll let you know.

      May 6, 2014

    • Douglas James M.

      Sorry for the typo.

      May 6, 2014

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