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About Avondale

Avondale is a wonderful destination for recreationists looking a little boating on their day trip. Here, visitors can bring their family and friends for water sports and plenty of sunshine. The picnic area is on the shores of Old Hickory Lake, just a short drive from Nashville, Tennessee. The lake is named after Andrew Jackson, the 7th U.S. President and Tennessee native with the nickname "Old Hickory." Natural Features: Old Hickory Lake is a reservoir in north-central Tennessee created by the Old Hickory Lock and Dam. The lake receives its primary inflow from the Cumberland River and spans 22,500 acres surrounded by wooded areas and grassy flatlands. Recreation: Avondale is an ideal launching point for boat fishing. Bank fishing is also popular, with black bass, crappie and paddlefish in the area. Water skiing, sailing and swimming are also big attractions. Facilities: The group picnic shelter accommodates up to 50 people and 45 vehicles.Flush toilets and a boat ramp are available for use. Nearby Attractions: Hikers can take on the Old Hickory Lake Nature Trail, a 1.1 mile trail with three scenic loops. Mountain bikers of all skill levels can enjoy the Shutes Branch Mountain Biking Trail. The town of Hendersonville is very close and offers various historic districts to explore.

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Avondale is located in Old Hickory Lake in Tennessee
36.3231 N
-86.5414 W
Get Directions
N of Nashville on I-65, exit at Vietnam Veterans Blvd E and follow ituntil it rejoins Gallatin Road (Highway 31E), turn right onto Shute Lanefrom Gallatin Road, turn right again onto Avondale Access Road. Followsigns into recreation area.
3 Reviews of Avondale
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!

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.

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.