Lakes In and Around Nashville

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Nashville Tennessee Lakes

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Nashville Tennessee and the surrounding area is home to lots of small water features such as ponds large and small but the distinction of lakes goes to three in Nashville. These are Old Hickory Lake, Radnor Lake, Percy Priest Lake and to the north Kentucky Lake.

Of these three Nashville lakes only Old Hickory Lake offers recreational activities and the chance to live on the waterfront and even have access to a dock.


Old Hickory Lake

Old Hickory Lake is actually the result of the Army Corp of Engineers damming the river in the 1960's to create the now pristine lake and lakefront property. The dam is a Tennessee Valley Authority and in conjunction with the Corp they control the level of the lake.

The lake covers many communities across 3 counties: Sumner county has lakefront homes in Hendersonville and Gallatin. Wilson county has lake front homes in Mt Juliet and Lebanon and Davidson county has homes in Old Hickory and Nashville.

Fishing and boating are very popular recreational pastimes on the lake. Old Hickory Lake has been the site of several major national and regional championship bass tournaments. These have included the  Wal-Mart FLW, Everstart, Bassmaster Megabucks, BASS Tennessee Eastern Invitational, Super Bass Classic National Championship and Bass Pro Shops Crappiemasters National Championship.

The lake offers many public ramps for access to the lake which can be found in all the communities.

Old Hickory lake has eight commercial marinas offering services for visitors. Anchor High and Cherokee also have restaurants which have proved to be very popular with the locals:

  • Anchor High Marina

    128 River Road – Hendersonville, TN 615-824-2175

  • Drakes Creek Marina

    441 Sanders Ferry Road – Hendersonville 615-822-3886

  • Creekwood Marina

    Hendersonville – 615-824-7963 

  • Gallatin Marina

    727 Marina Rd – Gallatin, TN 615-452-9876

  • Old Hickory Marina

    2001 Riverside Drive – Old Hickory, TN 615-847-4022 

  • Shady Cove Resort

    1115 Shady Cove – Castalian Springs, TN 615-42-8010

  • Cedar Creek Marina

    9120 Saundersville Rd – Mt. Juliet, TN 615-758-5174  

  • Cherokee Resort

    Cherokee Dock Rd – Lebanon, TN 615-444-2783

Hendersonville pictures and info click HERE


Percy Priest Lake


Percy Priest Lake is just 15 minutes from downtown Nashville with easy access from I 40. There are 14,200 acres of water with 265 miles of shoreline. This is a nature preserve so private docks are not permitted on this lake.

However fishing, hunting, camping, picnicking, boating, water skiing, jet skiing, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, and swimming. These are all typical sports and activities that can be enjoyed at Percy Priest Lake. There are some very scenic routes around the lake and bridges that cross the lake that is well worth a drive to experience. 

There are several campgrounds near Percy Priest Lake:

  • Anderson Road Campground - Open 5/1 to 9/2      615-361-1980
  • Seven Points Campground - Open 4/ 1 to 10/31     615-889-5198
  • Poole Knobs Campground - Open 5/1 to  9/30       615-459-6948
  • Cook Campground - Open 5/1 to 9/2                      615-889-1096

This link provides answers to frequently asked questions about Percy Priest Lake. Click HERE


Radnor Lake


This nature preserve is like an oasis due to its proximity to downtown Nashville. It provides a tranquil respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. There are extensive walking trails throughout the park giving the public access to the wildlife and nature.

Radnor Lake is actually Tennessee’s first official “Natural Area” located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. With over 1200 acres, Radnor Lake State Natural Area is the largest pocket of wilderness in the U.S. in close proximity to a major city.

The 85-Acre Radnor Lake is located in the Oak Hill area of Davidson County. 

The park is known to support the existence of at least 125 species of trees and shrubs, just over 400 varieties of plants and wildflowers, well over 200 different birds, numerous species of fish, and a very varied collection of wild animals. These include deer, snakes, lizards, turtles, coyotes, bobcats, beavers, mink, muskrats, otters, skunks, raccoons and more!

Radnor Lake Park is open during daylight hours and closes at dusk.