Jones Mill Trail at Long Hunter State Park
After a spate of disappointing experiences on trails designed for mountain biking, the Jones Mill Trail served as a pleasant surprise during our mid-February outing. While the guidebook noted that the trail is heavy with bikers on the weekend, we only ran into hikers on this late Sunday morning.
- Scenery: 2.0
- Difficulty: 1.0
- Length: 3.6 miles
- Dog Friendliness: 3.5
- Convenience: 5
- Bonus Funtimes: 2
Scenery (2.0 out of 5.0): This trail is broken into two loops with a brief connector. As far as scenery goes, these two loops are considerably different. The first loop is fairly unexceptional, very flat with lots of cedar trees and a rocky path. The second loop, however, is more scenic with a small creek crossing and a modest hill that provides a few nice glimpse of Percy Priest Lake.
Difficulty (1.0 out of 5.0): When on the first loop of this trail, keep your eye on the trail to make sure not to trip on any of the rocks or tree roots that cover the path. Other than that, there are no big struggles with this trail. We knocked off the 3.6 miles in just over an hour.
Length: 3.6 miles
Dog Friendliness (3.5 out of 5.0): Ezra had a great time on this trail… the only disappointment was that there wasn’t easy access to the lake for him to lap up a good drink halfway through the hike. If it’s been raining, there’s a small creek crossing at the end of the first loop that will provide some refreshment for the pooch; otherwise, you may want to bring some water for the dog if it’s a warm day.
Convenience (5.0 out of 5.0): Just on the east side of Percy Priest Lake, this is a quick, easy drive from Nashville. Be sure to get good directions — it’s an easy drive but not the best marked from the main road.
Bonus Funtimes (2.0 out of 5.0): The lake offers plenty of good times and if you’re into biking, this is a great trail to try out.