Rockland Recreation Area is located on the shore of Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Old Hickory Lake was created by the Army Corps of Engineers on the Cumberland River. The lake is named after former president Andrew Jackson, nicknamed for his tough and aggressive personality. Natural Features: Set in a moderately wooded area, Rockland Recreation Area is host to numerous wetland species that occupy the wooded areas along the nature trails within the area. Migratory birds visit the area during the winter months as well as year-round forest birds. Recreation: Visitors enjoy a vast array of recreational opportunities at Old Hickory including waterskiing, fishing, boating, swimming and hiking. The area provides excellent fishing for several species including bass, crappie, walleye, sauger and catfish. There are boat ramps located at Black Jack Cove, Creekwood Marina, Drakes Creek Marina and Shady Cove Marina. Facilities: Rockland Recreation Area contains five group shelters and one gazebo. All shelters are covered and readily equipped with tables and grills. Many of the visitors to the shelters find the ease of bank fishing popular within the Rockland Recreation Area. Nearby Attractions: Nashville, Tennessee, is located within a 20 to 25 minutes’ drive from Rockland Recreation Area. The Old Hickory Lake Resource Managers Office and Visitor Center are located directly within the Rockland Recreation Area. A trip to the Visitor Center is an excellent way to learn more about the history, navigational facilities and other programs at Old Hickory Lake. There are numerous stores with amenities within the Old Hickory Lake area.
Used to come here all the time before we moved to FL.
Rockland Recreation Center is by far my favorite place to go anytime the weather is nice! I have probably been to Rockland at least 100 times in the past 2 years. There are plenty of trees to hammie hang (my favorite)—even some right by the water.
The concrete tables and scattered pavilions make it possible to enjoy the park along with many others at the same time. The fishing pier is an added bonus. I have never been to the park and not seen geese or ducks!
Rockland Recreation Area is about 6 miles from I65 on the outskirts of Nashville, in Hendersonville, Tn.
Army Corp of Engineers are "stewards" of the area so it is very well kept. I stopped at the office first thing and got a map and information.
- No camping here
- If you were born after 1989 you have to have a license for any watercraft usage ( including kayak I was told)
- Definitely a water sport area, no trails here, but there is an archery area.
- Lotsa picnic tables, couple of shelters (reserve) and restrooms
- Boatramp and docks to tie on to.
Nice place to spend a lazy afternoon fishing.