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US Army Corps of Engineers

Old Hickory Lake


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. ____


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.


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.


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.__

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Isabella H.
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2018

Beautiful place to stay

Avondale campground was a great place to stay, if you love water sports and activities. There is a beautiful lake nearby that is great for all water activities. Old Hickory Lake is gorgeous, and our family had a blast spending the days here. We did some kayaking, boating and fishing. Another amazing thing we did was hiking. We spent our early mornings hiking the trails nearby. We did have to drive 10-20miles to get to the different trailheads, but it was definitely worth it. The views were spectacular (see pictures attached.). It was a little chilly in the mornings, but that may have just been the spring time early morning chills. The campground has a picnic shelter area where you can go if you have a big group. These picnic tables were in a great location, and when we went they seemed to be pretty open. I bet once summer comes, these picnic tables are prime spots. There is also a boat ramp on site, just FYI. If you like easy trails, there is the 1 mile long loop called "Old Hickory Lake Nature Trail." This take you around the lake, and was a great well maintained trail. There is also a mountain biking trail called "Shutes Branch" that looked like a ton of fun! Overall, we really enjoyed our stay here. The best part about this place was that there was so much to do. I feel like there was something for EVERYONE! Hiking, biking, water activities, trail walking and more. Not sure what more you could ask for!

Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Avondale by Isabella H., September 14, 2018
  • Review photo of Avondale by Isabella H., September 14, 2018
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Melani T.
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2018

Beautiful in early fall

My family and I came here for a family reunion in September 2016. The changing leaves were absolutely beautiful. The hiking was amazing here, and with the fall colors changing, it made it even better. We really enjoyed staying at the campground. Here are a few things we really liked:

  1. Big campsite spaces
  2. Fire ring and picnic table in campsite
  3. Restrooms available
  4. Great/easy location
  5. Fantastic hiking nearby

Some things we didn't really like were:

  1. The campsite spaces weren't very flat- we had to move some rocks
  2. No restaurants close by
  3. Poor reception

The weather was perfect, and we enjoyed the cooler nights that September brought. I am glad we decided to come in September as a posed to July or August. We also loved that because it wasn't the summer months, it wasn't too busy.

Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Avondale by Melani T., August 21, 2018
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Shelly S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2017

Fun on the lake

Avondale is one of many excellent places on Old Hickory Lake to fish, boat and picnic. Off Nashville Pike, drive slow on the one lane road in, traffic coming out too.

Kato found a trail while we were walking that leads to several good but trashy fishing spots.

There were several boat trailers and vehicles in the parking area so it's a popular spot. There was also an interesting person sound asleep laying across a picnic table and while we were there the boat cops showed up and looked to be ticketing two paddle boarders? Lol

There has been a lot of rain and flooding this year, there is a lot of driftwood along the shore, the area is well maintained and has several picnic areas and a pavilion, plus the boat ramp.

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Avondale by Shelly S., June 30, 2017
  • Review photo of Avondale by Shelly S., June 30, 2017
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Avondale is located in Tennessee

Detail location of campground


From Nashville, TN: Take I-65 N to TN-386/Vietnam Veterans Blvd. Take Exit 9 from TN-386/Vietnam Veterans Blvd, turn right onto Shute Lane. Continue straight onto Avondale Access Road. Follow signs into recreation area.


133 Avondale Access Road
Hendersonville, TN 37075


36.323859 N
86.541879 W

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