Explore Hamilton Creek Recreation Park and J. Percy Priest Lake


A sandy beach for swimmers, a boat launch, mountain biking trails, great for sunbathing, picnics, playground for kids, and the Nashville Paddle Club. Only ten miles from downtown, Hamilton Creek is ideal for a day of fun in the sun!

Percy Priest Lake
Image courtesy of Percy Priest Lake Vistors Guide website

Explore Hamilton Creek Recreation Park and J. Percy Priest Lake

Hours: Open 6:30AM-9:30PM

J. Percy Priest Lake

The lake provides a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities for millions of visitors each year. Because of the temperate climate and relatively long recreation season, visitors have numerous activities to participate in including fishing, hunting, camping, picnicking, boating, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, and more. Because of the lake’s proximity to Nashville (15 minutes from downtown) lakeside recreation can fit nicely into your other vacation plans.

Percy Priest Lake is located on the Stone River, which is a tributary of the Cumberland River. The dam is 15 miles upstream from Nashville, Tennessee. The deepest part of the lake which is near the dam is nearly 100 feet deep. There are almost 33,000 surface acres and 213 miles of shoreline offering up a myriad of recreational opportunities.

This lake has 24 public use areas including picnic areas, campgrounds, boat ramps, comfort stations, and four commercial marinas. 

Percy Priest Lake
Image courtesy of http://www.percy-priest-lake.com/

10.9 mile hiking loop

Discover this 10.9-mile loop trail near Nashville, Tennessee. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 4 h 15 min to complete. This is a popular trail for mountain biking, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of day.

Also check out our favorite family hiking trails around Nashville!

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Natalie grew up in the Middle Tennessee area and is very excited about being the owner of Nashville Moms and bringing hyper-local resources to the Nashville area. She has four children, 3 boys and one girl and married to her college sweetheart. In 2013, she launched Knoxville Moms and expanded with the launch of the Chattanooga Moms site in 2016. She became co-owner of Atlanta Mom in June of 2021, and now she is the owner of the newly rebranded and streamlined Nashville Moms website. When she’s not chasing the kids or stepping on Legos, you can find her enjoying a cup of coffee, reading a good book, and dreaming about her toes in the sand. She enjoys meeting new people and enjoy connecting the moms of Knoxville, Chattanooga, Atlanta, and Nashville.


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