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Volunteer Trail

Easy/Intermediate

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5.5 mile 8.9 kilometer point to point
99% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 324' 99 m
Descent: -310' -94 m
High: 610' 186 m
Low: 494' 151 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)

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A rocky, rooty, and runnable trail through oak/hickory forest and cedar glades along the lake shore. A very nice run.

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The Volunteer trail is marked with white reflectors and paint on trees. It shares the same route with the Day Loop Trail for the first 1.2 miles. The Day Loop Trail is marked with orange reflectors and paint. Both trails have very technical footing with a lot of rocks and roots but are still very runnable with little elevation gain. The rocks, roots, and downed trees can become very slick when wet or covered in moss.

The Volunteer trail is easy to follow but blends into the forest, with leaves and grass covering the ground in a few places around mile four to five. The trail had several blowdowns on the day I ran it but they were all easy to go over or around.

The trail was pretty busy on a Saturday morning. Most of the users were hikers. The coves on the lake were also busy with pontoon boats, party barges, and a few fishermen. This is one of my favorite trails to run when I'm visiting in the area. I hope the park connects these trails to other nearby trails in the future.

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Sep 7, 2019
Cameron Burrup
Oct 28, 2018
Tyler Johns
Completely deserted after the 1.5 mile mark. crowded in the section it shares with the Day Loop Trail. Lots of leaves obscuring the path between mi… 11mi
Jun 9, 2018
Kimi deMent
LOTS OF TICKS!! Be serious about your bugspray. Otherwise excellent introduction to fastpacking with easy trails & campsite midway. Convenient to Nash

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Rocky steps along the trail
Sep 29, 2018 near Rural Hill, TN
Percy Priest Lake
Sep 29, 2018 near Rural Hill, TN

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