Jefferson Springs Recreation Area is a lakeside oasis in the hills of middle Tennessee, providing visitors with countless recreational activities on the lake and the surrounding woods and grasslands. Natural Features: J. Percy Priest Dam and Lake was one of the first Corps of Engineers lakes to have recreation as part of its mission. The dam, completed in 1968, impounds 42 miles, with 14,200 surface acres of water. In soothing contrast to the sparkling waters of the lake are the adjacent 19,087 acres of grasslands and woodlands. A highlight of the region, the Cedar Glades Natural Area, is home to countless wildlife and plant species, including the Tennessee coneflower. Recreation: 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 choose from, including fishing, hunting, picnicking, boating, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing. Fishing opportunities abound at J. Percy Priest Lake, with a wide variety of species available, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, striped bass, Cherokee bass and white bass. Other species such as catfish, bluegill, bream and trout provide excellent opportunities for younger anglers. Facilities: Jefferson Springs Recreation Area offers a large group shelter for day use and can accommodate up to 100 guests, making it an ideal spot for large parties and family functions. Nearby Attractions: J. Percy Priest Lake is conveniently located about 10 miles east of downtown Nashville, offering visitors countless cultural activities in addition to the conveniences of a metro area.
This "campground" was the closest camp I found when traveling to Stones River National Battlefield so I decided to take a trip to tour both. Only approximately 10 miles north it is located just off of the Stones River. It itself has been said to have many historical significances thus it becoming a green space.
The site is most well known as a launch into the river itself, but it does have many picnic areas which are very well put together and provide a nice retreat for families traveling or locally visiting. There is a single facility with electricity for those wanting to rent the pavilion. Otherwise this is a day use area and not so much of a campground.
When I was passing through someone was using this area as a birthday party area so there were not a lot of areas I could truly sit down to appreciate being a solo traveler not a part of the party itself. There were several trailers parked which had used the launch and it looked like quite a popular site.
I loved that this space seemed to well put together and maintained and I determined it would make a great lunch spot when traveling, again just about 10 miles from the battlefield and other historic sites.
I made a tour of campgrounds and lake recreation spots near Nashville TN during an extended trip where I had to be there to keynote some conferences.
Camping- The camping is normal. Nothing special, but perfectly adequate. All you need and nothing more. The spots are beautiful though. Right on the water.
Grounds- The grounds here were very well kept.
If all you want is a spot of ground near the water, this is it.