Old Hickory Lake has three day use fee areas located at Cedar Creek, Laguardo, and Old Hickory Beach. Each area offers great swim beaches, picnic tables, grills, restrooms, and launching ramps. For more information on the day use areas and campgrounds please call the Resource Manager’s Office at 615-822-4846.
Old Hickory Beach sits along the lengthy shoreline of Old Hickory Lake. The day-use area is perfect for visitors looking to spend a day on the lake or lounging on the beach. Entertaining is easy with a large group picnic shelter accommodating up to 100 guests and grills for cooking out.
Birders can find a mix of waterfowl, wading birds, migratory songbirds and the occasional Blue heron or Snowy egret. Other wildlife in the area includes wild turkey, rabbits and white-tailed deer.
Old Hickory Lake is a 22,500 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.
Swimming and sailing are popular activities on the lake, while anglers will find an abundant population of catfish, crappie and bass for exceptional bank and boat fishing.
Hikers can explore the 1.1-mile Old Hickory Lake Nature Trail, featuring three loops (the Woodland Loop, Willow Swamp Loop and the Wildlife Loop), covering varying terrain.
The Old Hickory shoreline offers a sandy swimming beach, a playground for the kids and a boat ramp.