Summer is here! Did you know that you don’t even have to leave Middle Tennessee to go on vacation? Nashville is surrounded by some of the most beautiful and fun lakes in the south, where you can fish, camp, boat, canoe, swim, ski, hike, and much more. Percy Priest Lake is a Nashville favorite, at a size of 14,400 sq. acres and 265 miles of shoreline just 10 miles east of the city. Several campgrounds, swimming and picnic areas, and marinas make this a great place to relax for an afternoon or a couple of days.
Center Hill Lake is a 64 mile long reservoir just over 70 miles east of the city, consisting of 415 miles of shoreline, and 18,200 acres of deep, pure water for many species of fish. Nearly all of the shoreline is undeveloped and natural. There are 3 gorgeous waterfalls and many excellent places to hike, swim, and camp. Also on the lake are 8 marinas, where you can dock your boat or rent one for the day. Just 25 miles northeast is Old Hickory Lake, which has numerous species of wildlife including an abundant population of waterfowl and wading birds that make this a good spot for nature study and photography. Old Hickory Lake is Nashville’s closest boat dock community with homes with easy access to the lake.
80 miles west of Nashville lies Kentucky Lake, home to almost 2400 miles of shoreline, 4 state parks, the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, and many boat docks and resorts, public access areas, and recreational facilities. About 80 miles east lies Tims Ford Lake, where lake homes and cabin rentals are very popular. There are miles of hiking trails, biking trails, and loads of shopping opportunities. Tims Ford State Park is a full featured park and hosts the Bear Trace golf course. Dale Hollow Lake, 118 miles northeast, is a huge, beautiful lake with crystal clear water and is a premier fishing lake, holding several records for fish size. It is also a great place to rent a houseboat for a peaceful weekend getaway. No matter what you do this summer, enjoy the Nashville area and all it has to offer!
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