Nashville May 16, 2018
7 Lakes Near Nashville You’ll Want To Visit Over And Over Again
Nashville is known for its rivers and its cityscape, for a booming and youthful population that coexists peacefully with farmers and country folk that make their home just outside city lines. Still, the landlocked heart of Tennessee has a couple of watery gems that make a lazy Saturday spent out and about well-worth the effort. How many have you checked off of your summer to-do list…?
7. Tims Ford Lake
This beautiful and underutilized (by Nashvillians!) lake is one of our favorite places to spend a lazy Saturday. You can camp at one of their primitive campsites if you'd rather spend the entire weekend along the water, otherwise you can enjoy the 1,321-acre space right on the Cumberland Plateau.
6. Center Hill Lake
Center Hill Lake roughly an hour from Nashville, and has crystal clear water and three waterfalls to boot. It's one of the most lauded waterways in the entire state, and has 415 miles of shoreline that are perfect for sightseeing and wandering to your heart's content. Burgess Falls is just a hop, skip and a jump away so we'd recommend rounding out your gorgeous day out and about with a waterfall hike.
5. Radnor Lake
You won't be swimming in Radnor Lake, but the Lake Loop Hike is one of the best ways to enjoy the quiet and natural underbelly of Nashville on a pretty day. Make sure you keep Fido on a leash and come prepared for all sorts of pretty shoreline views.
4. Old Hickory Lake
Old Hickory Lake is known for being one of the best places to go fishing and enjoy a man-made natural area. Make sure to head over to the sandy beach area if you're looking to go swimming, and bring a picnic lunch if you're worried about getting the munchies while you're out and about. It's also boating and fishing friendly, but make sure you're headed to a recreational area where it's appropriate.
3. Cheatham Lake
This 7,000 acre lake is located in Dickson County, and it's located roughly thirty miles from Nashville in Ashland City. It's a great place for clear and fresh water scuba diving, and offers up 320 miles of shoreline that's great for swimmers and fisherman.
2. J. Percy Priest Lake
Known colloquially as Percy Priest, Nashville's resident lake is gorgeous at sunset and perfect for swimming just a short drive from the heart of the city. The Nashville Paddle Company offers the opportunity to kayak and paddle board, and the Anderson Road Recreation Area offers a great swimming area and beach.
1. Marrowbone Lake
This low-key and beautiful fishing spot is located just outside of Nashville in Joelton, and it's tucked away from the rest of the world which makes it stand out stunningly. Pristine, beautiful and choked with lush greenery and local wildlife, this is the kind of beauty that you never forget. You won't be swimming, but you can rent a boat and enjoy a view of the shoreline front and center.
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