Percy Priest Lake

Percy Priest Lake Trails

There are several trails wonderful trails around Percy Priest Lake good for nature viewing, hiking, mountain biking, archery trail, and even some horse riding.  These trails are beautiful and should be explored by any nature lover.

Three Hickories Trails

This is a 1.6 mile nature and interpretive trail located in Cook Recreation Area.  Stops along the interpretive trail include

  • Home for a bird
  • Catastrophe in nature
  • Boomshaw!
  • Effects of man
  • Middle Tennessee’s Evergreen
  • Life along the lakeshore
  • Nature’s classroom
  • Sleeping tree
  • Reminder of bygone days
  • Cave development
  • Back to earth
  • Evidence of flooding
  • Tornado struck here
  • Cedar glade vanishing garden
  • How does a tree grow?
  • Old home site


Twin Forks Horse Trail

This trail is an 18 mile equestrian and hiking trail that runs along the shoreline from Walter Hill Dam to Nice’s Mill Recreation Area.  There are access points at East Fork Recreation Area and the North Murfreesboro Greenway trailhead off Central Valley Road.

Long Hunter State Park Trails

The Lake Trail around Couchville Lake is paved surface, barrier free, and is a self-guided nature trail.  The Nature Loop Trail and Inland Trail located at the Couchville Area, and the Point Trail at Bryant Grove, are popular short walks.  The 4 mile long Bryant Grove Trail connects Bryant Grove to Couchville.  The Deer Trail is one mile long and located behind the visitors center.  At the Bakers Grove Primitive Area, there is a 4 mile Day Loop Trail and the 6 mile one-way Volunteer Trail.

Hamilton Creek Recreation Area

If you are looking for a mountain biking trail around Percy Priest Lake, you should visit the Hamilton Creek Recreation Area.  There is an 8.5 mile mountain biking trail to ride in this area managed by Metro Nashville Park and Recreation.  The 6 mile Pinnacle Trail is rated hard-intermediate to expert rider while the 2.5 mile Lakeside Trail is rated hard-beginner to intermediate rider.  Please do not ride trails when wet.

Anderson Road Fitness Trail

This trail is located in the Anderson Recreation Area and includes parking and trailhead.  The 1.2 mile long trail winds through a cedar glade area beside the lake.

Poole Knobs Archery Trail

This is a 0.3 mile long trail designed with targets in the woods for archery practice.  There is a small shelter and some archery targets  at the entrance of the trail.