Whether youâ€™re floating down the Harpeth River in a canoe or searching for nearby waterfalls, thereâ€™s no shortage of places to cool off in the summer heat. But where is the best place to have a cookout, go for a swim and take the boat out? The lake, of course. This list will help you decide where to spend your next lake day with the family.
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1.Â Old Hickory Lake
Old Hickory Lake features nearly 23,000 acres of water and presents the opportunity for all types of recreation. TheÂ four designated swim beach areas â€”Cedar Creek, Laguardo, Lock 3Â and Old Hickory BeachÂ â€”Â offer swim beaches, picnic tables, grills and boat ramps.Â Personal boats, sailboats and fishing boats all share the waters on Old Hickory Lake.
Where:Â Old Hickory Beach,Â 876 Burnett Rd, Old Hickory
Details:Â The daily cost to swimÂ in designated areas is $5 per vehicle or $2 per person
2. Radnor Lake
Radnor Lake State Park is located five miles south of Green Hills in Oak Hill. While Radnor Lake isn't the place to take the boat out or go for a swim, the 1,300-acreÂ park offers canoe floats through September. While there, go for a hike on one of the park's many shady trails.
Where:Â Park entrance, 1160 Otter Creek Rd, Nashville
Details: Radnor Lake State Park is open daily 6 a.m.-sunset.
3.Â Percy Priest Lake
Located east of Nashville past Donelson is Percy Priest Lake. The 14,000-acre lake has two sandy beach areas, one on Anderson Road and the other at Cook Recreation Area. Families can cook out, go for a swim and have fun on the playground equipmentÂ for $5 per vehicle. Nashville Shores Water Park and Treetop Adventure Park are located nearby.
Where: Recreation areas are located atÂ 4060 Anderson Road in Nashville andÂ 12230Â Old HickoryÂ Blvd in Hermitage.
Details: Recreation areas areÂ open April 1 to October 29 from 6 a.m. toÂ 7 p.m. daily.
4.Â Cheatham Lake
Make a day trip out to Cheatham Lake, located about 20 miles from Nashville in Ashland City.Â Along with swimming and boating, you can play beach volleyball, have a picnic and take the family fishing. When planning your trip, remember that pets, glass containers and alcohol are prohibited.
Where:Â 1797 Cheatham Dam Rd, Ashland City
Details: Entry to the recreation area is $5 per vehicle.