The weekend we hiked the Bryant Grove Trail at Couchville Lake, we were embraced by an errant June day: cloudy and cool! Taking advantage of the weather, we headed out for an nearly 8 mile trek along the shoreline at Percy Priest. It proved to be a nice, quiet, flat day in the great outdoors at the Couchville Lake area at Long Hunter State Park just outside of Nashville.
- Scenery: 2.5
- Difficulty: 1.5
- Length: 7.8miles
- Dog Friendly Factor: 0
- Convenience: 5.0
- Bonus Funtimes: 4.0
Scenery (2.5 out of 5.0): The lake views on this hike are certainly a highlight of the scenery. The bulk of the trail you’re able to frequently catch glimpses of Percy Priest Lake, especially at the beginning and end of this out-and-back trail. The trail is mostly shaded by tall, thin Tennessee trees.
As far as wildlife goes, we heard lots of birds throughout the hike, but didn’t see too many. We did, however, come upon a companion on the trail — a small turtle who didn’t move too fast, but provided for a few amusing moments while we checked him out.
Difficulty (1.5 out of 5.0): The author of 60 Within 60 rated this trail as moderately difficult, which certainly surprised us – perhaps he rated it that difficult because of the distance, but overall this was a very easy trail. There are a few gentle rises in the terrain, but not enough wear anyone out. This is actually a great place for trail running and we saw a couple of runners out that day.
Length: 7.8 miles (it took us about 2.5 hours w/a nice break at the midway point)
Dog Friendly Factor (0 out of 5.0): While this would’ve been a great trail for the dogs, they are not allowed at Couchville Lake area.
Convenience (5.0 out of 5.0): Located just on the east side of Percy Priest Lake, this is a very convenient Nashville-area trail.
Bonus Funtimes (4.0 out of 5.0): The trailhead at Couchville Lake offers a lot of options for family fun. Canoe rental area available, along with impressive pirate-themed playground, sand volleyball courts, swimming holes and full functioning bathroom facilities at both ends of the trailhead.