The Nashville area is not just for Country Music. It has several Nashville water activities. The surrounding hills, Cumberland River, Stones River and Harpeth River have made them available .
Stones River flows into the Cumberland River and J. Percy Priest Lake has been built there. The Cumberland River has Old Hickory Lake built on it. The Harpeth River is a good river for canoeing.
All the rivers and lakes are good for Nashville water activities. The lakes have recreational areas where you can picnic and camp. Most of the areas have a boat ramp. There are several marinas on J. Percy Priest Lake and Old Hickory Lake.
J Percy Priest Lake has three beaches. The best one is at Anderson Road Public Use Area. The other two are on the east side of the lake. Cook Public Use Area and Seven Points Campground.
All three have sand beaches, surrounded by restricted area buoys and a floating orange boundary. Anderson Road and Cook beaches have playgrounds, picnic sites, group shelters, boat launching ramps, and bathrooms.
Old Hickory Lake only has one in the area of the town Old Hickory. It has a large sandy beach area with a playground, concrete tables and a large covered shelter.
We have found some links that will help you to explore these areas.
Nashville Shores Waterpark - White sand beaches, jet ski, boat rentals, 8 slides, kayaking, lake cruises, miniature golf, volley ball, basketball, and horse shoes. If you show up after 3pm, it is half price. Located on J. Percy Priest Lake, east of Nashville off I-40. 4001 Bell Rd, Hermitage, TN 37076, 615-889-7050
Wave Country Waterpark - This Nashville Waterpark has a wave-action pool, flumes, speed
slides, children's playground, volley ball pits, large picnic area, and
fast food concessions. 2320 Two Rivers Parkway, Nashville, TN
Tip a Canoe Rental - Canoe rental on the Harpeth River. A State Scenic River within Nashville's Davidson County with over 100 miles of Class 1 floating and canoeing. One of the oldest canoe rental companies in the State. Located west of Nashville. Take I-40 west of Nashville to exit 201 1279 Hwy 70, Kingston Springs, TN 37082-9288, 1-800-550-5810
Foggy Bottom Canoe Rental - Located on the Harpeth River west of Nashville at exit 192. A State Scenic River within Nashville's Davidson County with over 100 miles of Class 1 floating. 1270 Hwy 70, Kingston Springs, TN 37082, 615-952-4062
J Percy Priest Lake - Just 15 minutes from Nashville on I-40 east. The J. Percy Priest Lake Visitors Center is located on the west side of the dam on Bell Road, and their Phone Number is 615-889-1975. There are several marinas on the lake and three beaches.
The Corp of Engineers operates the three of the Nashville Beaches. They are located at Anderson Road Recreational Area, Cook Recreational Area, and Seven Points Campground. Anderson Road and Cook both have sand beaches and playgrounds and there is a nominal day use fee. Seven Points are for registered campers and their authorized visitors.
If you want to swim remember it is prohibited at launch ramps, moor points, marinas, public docks, and posted areas. Pets are prohibited at Anderson Road, and Cook recreation areas.
Nashville Water, Old Hickory Lake - There are several marinas on the lake. The Old Hickory Lake Visitors Center is located in Rockland Recreation Area in Hendersonville. If you want to go to take a swim at the Old Hickory Beach it is located near the town of Old Hickory.