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    Camper-submitted photo from Avondale
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    1.

    Avondale

    3 Reviews
    35 Photos
    50 Saves
    Hendersonville, Tennessee

    Overview

    Avondale is a wonderful destination for people looking to launch a boat or have a picnic. Visitors can bring their family and friends for water sports and plenty of sunshine. The boat launch area at Avondale is open year-round. Here, boaters can find quick access to the main channel of Old Hickory Lake. The picnic shelter can accomodate up to 50 people and is reservable on weekdays. ____

    Recreation

    Avondale is an ideal launching point for boat fishing. Bank fishing is also popular. Black bass, crappie, and paddlefish can be found in the area. Water skiing, sailing, wakeboarding, and swimming are also big attractions at Old Hickory Lake.

    Facilities

    The group picnic shelter accommodates up to 50 people and approximately 30 vehicles.Flush toilets (seasonal) and a boat ramp are available for use.

    Natural Features

    Located in Middle Tennessee, Old Hickory Lake is a 22,500 acre reservoir created by the Old Hickory Lock and Dam on the Cumberland River. The lake is named after former president Andrew Jackson, a Tennessee-native nicknamed "Old Hickory" for his tough and aggressive personality.

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    This location is unstaffed. To speak with our main office for general information, please call: (615) 822-4846.

    Nearby Attractions

    Cages Bend Campground, with 42 water & electric sites, is just a short drive away from Avondale Access. At Cages Bend Boat Ramp, you can utilize both the launching ramp and fishing pier free of charge. Other nearby recreation areas include Rockland in Hendersonville and Bledsoe Creek State Park in Gallatin.____ Nearby Nashville attractions include sites such as the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Visitors can also tour President Andrew Jackson's early 19th century home, the Hermitage, a National Histric Landmark.__

    • Electric Hookups
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Picnic Table

    $50 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Houchin Ferry Campground — Mammoth Cave National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Houchin Ferry Campground — Mammoth Cave National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Houchin Ferry Campground — Mammoth Cave National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Houchin Ferry Campground — Mammoth Cave National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Houchin Ferry Campground — Mammoth Cave National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Houchin Ferry Campground — Mammoth Cave National Park
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    Camp Nashville Highland Rim

    1 Review
    12 Photos
    29 Saves
    Goodlettsville, Tennessee

    Secluded hilltop primitive camping nestled among the hardwoods near Nashville.

    Amenities: community water hydrant, fire pit, vault toilet, tent shower (cold & hot water).

    Supply your own tent, hammock, vehicle, and camping gear. No electricity.

    Choose your favorite available camping space upon arrival.

    Base price includes two adults (18 or older) per reservation. Under 18 no cost with adult reservation.

    Contact host for special requests, and tips for local amenities.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • Tents
    • Group

    $32 - $45 / night

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      Laguardo

      2 Reviews
      4 Saves
      Mount Juliet, Tennessee

      Overview

      Not far from Nashville, Laguardo is a great day-trip destination for kids and families. It offers a playground, boat ramp, and sandy beach to keep both the kids and adults entertained. Visitors looking for a little more action will find this area is also ideal for bank fishing.

      Recreation

      Laguardo is a popular spot for picnicking, swimming, bank fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and other water sports with a convenient boat ramp located within the facility.

      Facilities

      The group picnic shelter holds up to 50 guests and parking may be available for up to 50 vehicles. A restroom facility, family friendly playground, swimming area with sandy beach, and picnic tables located throughout the park are also available.

      Natural Features

      Old Hickory Lake is a 22,500 acre reservoir created by the Old Hickory Lock and Dam on the Cumberland River. The lake is surrounded by wooded areas and grassy flatlands in addition to 440 miles of scenic shoreline.

      Nearby Attractions

      Just across the Old Hickory Lake to the North, hikers and cyclist can enjoy the trails at Lock 4 Park. Mountain bikers may also try the Shutes Branch Mountain Biking Trail. In Hendersonville, located at the dam, Archers and bow hunters can sharpen their skills using the Old Hickory Lake Archery Range and trail.

      • Pets
      • Phone Service
      • Tents
      • Group
      • Drinking Water
      • Toilets

      $85 - $120 / night

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      Camper-submitted photo from Long Hunter State Park Campground
      Camper-submitted photo from Long Hunter State Park Campground
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      Camper-submitted photo from Long Hunter State Park Campground
      Camper-submitted photo from Long Hunter State Park Campground
      Camper-submitted photo from Long Hunter State Park Campground

      6.

      Long Hunter State Park Campground

      7 Reviews
      59 Photos
      121 Saves
      J Percy Priest Lake, Tennessee

      Backcountry Camping- Reservation Required

      Long Hunter has 2 primitive campsites for tent camping only, each site has a designated fire ring. Both sites are wooded, offering shade, they are located on the shoreline of J.Percy Priest Lake.

      A 6-mile hike is required to reach the sites, beginning at the parking lot, using the Day Loop/Volunteer Trailhead. Backpacking equipment is strongly suggested. There is no running water, electricity, restrooms or heated showers available. Water must be filtered from natural sources or carried in. The campsites are open year-round. Campsite capacity ranges from 8-10 persons. What to Know Before You Go

      Reservations are required for ALL backcountry camping.
      Your reservation receipt is your permit.
      A copy of the camping receipt MUST on your person, during your overnight stay. 
      A copy of the camping receipt or a piece of paper with the name associated with the reservation MUST be placed in the dash of each vehicle that is to be parked overnight at the trail head.
      No hiking on trails after dark. Please allow enough time to reach your destination in daylight.
      The last permit issued will be 2-3 hours before sunset

      Pet Policy

      Leashed pets are allowed on this site.

      • Pets
      • Fires
      • Phone Service
      • Reservable
      • Tents
      • Group
      Camper-submitted photo from Nat Caldwell Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Nat Caldwell Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Nat Caldwell Park

      7.

      Nat Caldwell Park

      1 Review
      3 Photos
      7 Saves
      Gallatin, Tennessee

      Overview

      Nat Caldwell Park is located right off of US-31E/Nashville Pike. This park is an ideal place for a day of picnicking and other outdoor activities.

      Recreation

      Nat Caldwell is smaller and not as busy as some of the other parks in the area making it a great place to relax and enjoy your day. It offers a reserveable group picnic shelter, grill, open grassy areas, and shoreline for fishing. It also serves as a great place to launch kayaks and canoes from the shoreline due to the fact is is in the headwaters of Station Camp Creek on Old Hickory Lake. If you need to launch a larger boat, Station Camp Creek is located straight across Nashville Pike just off of Douglas Bend Road.

      Facilities

      The group picnic shelter holds up to 50 guests with parking available for approximately 25 vehicles.

      Natural Features

      Old Hickory Lake is a 22,500 acre reservoir created by the Old Hickory Lock and Dam on the Cumberland River. The lake is named after former president Andrew Jackson, a Tennessee-native nicknamed "Old Hickory" for his tough and aggressive personality. The lake features 440 miles of scenic shoreline, surrounded by wooded flatlands and plenty of access points.

      Nearby Attractions

      Hikers may be interested in the nearby Lock 4 Park. It offers hiking trails as well as mountain bike trails.

      Charges & Cancellations

      If a customer cancels a group day use facility (shelter) reservation within 14 days of the scheduled arrival date, they will forfeit the total day use fee with no service fee charge.

      • Electric Hookups
      • Tents
      • Group
      • Picnic Table

      $50 / night

      Camper-submitted photo from Old Hickory Beach
      Camper-submitted photo from Old Hickory Beach
      Camper-submitted photo from Old Hickory Beach
      Camper-submitted photo from Old Hickory Beach
      Camper-submitted photo from Old Hickory Beach
      Camper-submitted photo from Old Hickory Beach

      8.

      Old Hickory Beach

      1 Review
      22 Photos
      13 Saves
      Hendersonville, Tennessee

      Overview

      Old Hickory Beach sits along the lengthy shoreline of Old Hickory Lake. The day-use area is perfect for visitors looking to spend a day on the lake or lounging on the beach. Entertaining is easy with a large group picnic shelter accommodating up to 100 guests and grills for cooking out. Birders can find a mix of waterfowl, wading birds, migratory songbirds and the occasional Blue heron or Snowy egret. Other wildlife in the area includes wild turkey, rabbits and white-tailed deer.

      Recreation

      Swimming and sailing are popular activities on the lake, while anglers will find an abundant population of catfish, crappie and bass for exceptional bank and boat fishing. Hikers can explore the 1.1-mile Old Hickory Lake Nature Trail, featuring three loops (the Woodland Loop, Willow Swamp Loop and the Wildlife Loop), covering varying terrain. The trail is located below Old Hickory Dam near the tailwater parking lot.

      Facilities

      A sandy swimming beach, a playground for the kids, small shelter near the beach and water, large reserveable shelter, and boat ramps.

      Natural Features

      Old Hickory Lake is a 22,500 acre reservoir created by the Old Hickory Lock and Dam on the Cumberland River. The lake is named after former president Andrew Jackson, a Tennessee-native nicknamed "Old Hickory" for his tough and aggressive personality.

      Nearby Attractions

      Take in the nightlife of downtown Nashville if city entertainment beckons or stick with the great outdoors and sit on the fishing piers at Rockland, Sanders Ferry, Shutes Branch, and Bledsoe Creek State Park. The lake is also near the Hermitage, the plantation where U.S. President Andrew Jackson lived in the early 1800s.

      Charges & Cancellations

      If a customer cancels a group day use facility (shelter) reservation within 14 days of the scheduled arrival date, they will forfeit the total day use fee with no service charge.

      • Electric Hookups
      • Tents
      • Group

      $75 / night

      Camper-submitted photo from Lone Branch
      Camper-submitted photo from Lone Branch
      Camper-submitted photo from Lone Branch
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      Camper-submitted photo from Lone Branch
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      9.

      Lone Branch

      1 Review
      10 Photos
      12 Saves
      Mount Juliet, Tennessee

      Overview

      Lone Branch offers all the amenities visitors need for a peaceful Tennessee getaway. Plenty of trees to provide shade, grassy open areas to run around, grills for barbequing and a boat ramp.

      Recreation

      Boating and fishing are generally the main attractions for lake-goers, with anglers often catching black bass, crappie and catfish.

      Facilities

      Both group picnic shelters have electric hookups and grills, and each holds up to 50 guests; however, parking may be limited. A boat ramp is also available for use.

      Natural Features

      Old Hickory Lake is a reservoir in north-central Tennessee created by the Old Hickory Lock and Dam. The lake spans 22,500 acres and receives its primary inflow from the Cumberland River.

      Nearby Attractions

      Lone Branch is just beyond the Nashville metropolitan area. Head to the "Music City" to tour the Country Music Hall of Fame or explore former President, Andrew Jackson's early 19th century home, The Hermitage-- a National Historic Landmark.

      Charges & Cancellations

      If a customer cancels a group day use facility (shelter) reservation within 14 days of the scheduled arrival date, they will forfeit the total day use fee with no service fee charge.

      • Electric Hookups
      • Tents
      • Group
      • Picnic Table

      $50 / night

      Camper-submitted photo from Turnhole Backcountry Campsite — Mammoth Cave National Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Turnhole Backcountry Campsite — Mammoth Cave National Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Turnhole Backcountry Campsite — Mammoth Cave National Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Turnhole Backcountry Campsite — Mammoth Cave National Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Turnhole Backcountry Campsite — Mammoth Cave National Park
      Camper-submitted photo from Turnhole Backcountry Campsite — Mammoth Cave National Park

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      Turnhole Backcountry Campsite — Mammoth Cave National Park

      2 Reviews
      17 Photos
      23 Saves
      Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

      The park offers thirteen designated backcountry campsites that are accessible only by hiking or horseback.

      Backcounty sites are primitive, with only a fire ring and horse hitching posts available.

      All sites except McCoy Hollow have a nearby water source, but campers should boil and treat water before drinking, or plan to carry in drinking water.

      Campsites are limited to one party up to eight people in size. Pickup a Backcountry map at the Mammoth Cave Campground information kiosk, or the Visitor Information desk. Permit Required - $10 per trip. Reservations through Recreation.gov.

      Overnight camping is permitted along floodplains and on islands along the Green and Nolin Rivers. Camping in these areas is only accessible by boat.

      When camping on floodplains, campers must camp at least ½ mile away from Green River Ferry, Houchin Ferry and Dennison Ferry Day Use Area.

      Know where you are. Riverside camping on private lands outside the park may not be permitted.

      Sudden rainstorms can cause rapid flooding along riverways and river levels and currents fluctuate dramatically, particularly during winter months. Always check the river level and weather forecast before launching or camping along the rivers. Pickup a Backcountry map at the Mammoth Cave Campground information kiosk, or the Visitor Information desk. Permit Required - $10 per trip. Permits available online, up to a week in advance. Permits are subject to cancelation due to river levels. River levels must remain below 20 feet.

      • Pets
      • Fires
      • Phone Service
      • Reservable
      • Tents
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