With summer coming up, we bet you are just ready and raring to invest in an awesome swimsuit and head out to the water. Tennessee has some pretty magnificent weather in the summer, and you can cool off in some pretty beautiful places down here in this southern state. We’ve put together a list of twenty gorgeous lakes that will keep you coming back ’til it cools off in September. Helping you start early – you’re welcome.
20) Boone Lake
Northeast Tennessee is rounded out by Boone Lake, a reservoir formed by the Boone Dam and the Holston River.
19) Center Hill Lake
If you're close to Smithville, you don't want to miss out on this beautiful place. You can even look in to renting a home for that prolonged vacation you KNOW you need.
18) Cheatham Lake
Located in Ashland City, you can't ask for a better place to fish and enjoy the sunset. It's positively stunning.
17) Cherokee Lake
Tennessee is a prettier place with Cherokee Lake gracing the east side of the state. Take a look at that view!
16) Chickamauga Lake
This man-made lake was completed in 1940, and has become a teeming ground for vacationers and fisherman alike. It's opportune for bass fisherman and city folk looking for a day to themselves.
15) Cordell Hull Lake
Nashville lies just forty scant miles south of this oasis, one that sits right on the Cumberland River.
14) Douglas Lake
Another eastside gem, the reservoir named Douglas Lake is a product of the French Broad River. You can rent a place to stay or stick it out for the whole of the summer with this beautiful getaway.
13) Fort Loudon
A popular spot for lake dwellers, the real estate on Fort Loudon can't be beat. Plus, that VIEW.
12) Herb Parsons Lake
Named after the exhibition shooter Herb Parsons, you can bike, fish, or hike throughout the whole of the summer here.
11) Kentucky Lake
Kentucky Lake - yep, part of it is in it's namesake. But if you're prone to stick to the Tennessee side (which, why wouldn't you?) make sure to bring a fishing pole!
10) Lake Barkley
This pretty place is sister to Kentucky Lake, and is every fisherman's dream. It lies in Stewart + Houston counties in the state of Tennessee and also straddles Kentucky.
9) Nickajack Lake
This reservoir passes through Chattanooga and is a great spot for lake rentals and summer home real estate. Also, Chattanooga is totally cool - you definitely want to visit.
8) Norris Lake
Andersonville is precisely where you'll find this gorgeous lake, but yes - that's the river that feeds it up there. It's waaay to good of a view to give away. Go visit!
7) Old Hickory Lake
Take a break from Music City for a long walk around Old Hickory. Named after President Jackson, this is a trip that will make it into your scrapbooks.
6) Reelfoot Lake
That sunset. This lake. Reelfoot is known for great fishing and is a shallow and completely NATURAL lake. Beautiful.
5) Radnor Lake
Radnor Lake has neat walking trails and nature center if you're ever wandering Middle Tennessee.
4) Watts Bar Lake
The Tennessee river feeds Watts Bar, and you can find it on the east side of the state.
3) Tim Ford Lake
Right outside Lynchberg you can find this neat spot - bring the kids and a picnic and you're all set for a relaxing afternoon.
2) Watauga Lake
Head to Elizabethton with that love of yours and share a romantic day at the highest lake in Tennessee. With over a hundred miles of shoreline you sure won't run out of space!
1) Percy Priest
Nashville lucked out with this beauty. Beware the cliff jumpers and take in the stunning sunset vistas that happen nightly.