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Old Hickory Beach

Old Hickory Lake, formed nearly 55 years back by the dam across the Cumberland River is a popular tourist spot. Despite patches of surrounding hardwood forests along the shoreline it is now a suburban habitat. The creation of several recreation areas like beaches, trails, picnic, and camping facilities has urbanized the region and reduced wildlife habitat.

Included in Old Hickory Environmental Area are Saunders Ferry Park, Walton Ferry Access Area, Old Hickory Beach, Lock 3 Recreation Area, Rockland Recreation Area, and the nature trail at the dam. Public floodplain land has been allowed to be manicured and incorporated into yards by adjoining landowners over much of the area.

Old Hickory Lake has 3 day-use fee areas located at Cedar Creek, Laguardo, and Old Hickory Beach. Each area offers great swim beaches, picnic tables, grills, restrooms, and launching ramps. You can get day use passes and parking is offered at a nominal cost. Old Hickory offers large beaches, good fishing, playgrounds, concrete tables and covered shelters. You can enjoy fishing, hiking, nature trails, jet skiing, nature experience, playgrounds besides the swimming and water recreations.

Formerly known as Metro Beach, Old Hickory Beach Recreation Area is located on beautiful Old Hickory Lake in Nashville near Opryland and the Hermitage - the historic home of President Andrew Jackson. Visitors here enjoy boating, fishing, and swimming as well as other outdoor activities.

Wild life viewing can be enjoyed that includes migratory songbirds, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, squirrels, rabbits, and snakes. The group picnic shelter provides an excellent setting for a large group to enjoy all nature has to offer. Facilities also include accessible restroom, boat launch ramp, flush toilet and potable water.