My grandson Elijah and I are hiking our way through Johnny Molloy’s book, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Nashville. We skipped #2 — it’s a very long hike and better for the Springtime — and went on to #3 for last Saturday’s warm February day. It was the Couchville Lake Loop in Long Hunter State Park.
It’s such an easy hike that we took Jude with us, and we had a lovely afternoon.
Despite living in Nashville for 36 years, I’d never been to Couchville Lake. It was formed by accident in the 1960s, when Percy Priest Dam and Lake were created by the Army Corps of Engineers. When Percy Priest Lake filled up, water seeped into a nearby depression creating the smaller Couchville Lake. The paved walkway around it is just over two miles, including a long wooden bridge. Here are some pictures.