|Percy Priest Lake
Percy Priest Lake Dam impounds the Stones River to form the 42-mile-long Percy Priest Lake. This U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project was finalized in 1967, and today it provides ample opportunities for water recreation and sport fishing. Located near Nashville, this lake entertains over 5,000,000 visitors per year. Still, Percy Priest Lake is surrounded by 18,854 acres of public lands that offer activities such as camping, hiking, and horseback riding. Water sports include boating, canoeing, rowing, sailing, swimming, skiing, and fishing.
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Six marinas sit along the reservoir, and the lake sees a lot of activity from local organizations such as the Percy Priest Yacht Club and the Vanderbilt Sailing Club. Approximately 35 access points scattered along the lake's shorelines offer access from the populated region at the northern end of the lake to the less-populated southern shores. Three access points are located along Hobson Pike, which crosses the lake at midpoint. One of those boat ramps is located at Long Hunter State Park.
Although the Corps operates and supervises the dam, lake, and public lands, the Natural Resource Management Office manages three campgrounds at Anderson Road, Seven Points, and Poole Knobs as well as eleven picnic areas and twelve boat launch ramps. Long Hunter State Park also is situated on the eastern shore of this lake, providing campers with backcountry and group sites. Cedars of Lebanon State Park, located in Lebanon, is about 30 miles from the lake and offers 117 camp sites with electric and water hookups.
The north end of Percey Priest Lake is located just 11 miles from the center of Nashville along I-40/24, and this location provides plenty of accommodations for visitors to the area. Short-term rentals, B&Bs, hotels and motels, and resorts all are available to rent.
Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.
Located just ten miles from Nashville near the Nashville International Airport, J. Percy Priest Lake can offer days of recreation for the entire family. The experiences can range from nightlife in the big city to backcountry camping along the lake. The lake extends into Davidson, Rutherford, and Wilson Counties, providing a wide range of places to stay and things to do. The more populated areas of the lake are located to the north and east, the shores that are closer to Nashville and neighboring suburbs.
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