by Jenni Barnett
on Friday, September 9th, 2016 at 2:34am.
The lakes and rivers in Middle Tennessee boast some of the most beautiful and serene views in all of the state. And thanks to the abundance of lakes and rivers in the area, there are many recreational activities available to residents and visitors. From kayaking on the Cumberland River, to hiking around Radnor Lake, there is so much to discover!
Located just 10 minutes South of Nashville in Brentwood, TN., lays Radnor Lake State Park, a park that offers many hiking trails and the overwhelmingly beautiful, 85-acre lake. Hikers can walk the four unpaved trails that surround the lake and enjoy wilderness native to Middle Tennessee such as river otters, beavers, bobcats and white-tailed deer.
At 695 miles long, the Cumberland River happens to run right through downtown Nashville, providing residents and visitors many fun activities, events, and a scenic backdrop to the city. Visitors can rent paddle boards or kayaks and take them down the river and enjoy the views of the city or enjoy a boat tour that takes off in Lebanon, TN.
Old Hickory Lake
Known for being one of the states best fishing spots, Old Hickory Lake inhabits 3 counties in Middle Tennessee, and is located on the Cumberland River. Because of its 440 miles of shoreline, there are many places to go hiking, fishing, swimming, boating and enjoy a multitude of nature parks. There are always events and plenty of motorboats to enjoy on the lake.
J. Percy Priest Lake
A convenient and popular source for recreation in northern central Tennessee, Percy Priest Lake is 42 miles long and is only 15 minutes southeast of downtown Nashville. A popular attraction located on the lake is Middle Tennessee’s most well-known water park, Nashville Shores. Aside from all the fun, Percy Priest Lake has some of the most scenic sunsets in Middle Tennessee.
Cheetham Lake is located about 20 minutes from Nashville in Ashland City. Because of the lakes clear waters, it attracts scuba divers from all over the state. The Cheetham dam right bank is off-limits to boaters, so it is a nice place for swimmers to enjoy a quite lake. The lakes shorelines also have two overlooks that visitors can go to and get a birds-eye view of all of the beauty the lake has to offer.