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part ofOld Hickory Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Wed Sep 30 2015   Season Dates


Not far from Nashville, Laguardo is a great day-trip destination for kids and families, with a playground and sandy beach to keep both the kids and adults entertained. Visitors looking for a little more action, will find the lake is also ideal for fishing, sailing and water skiing.

Natural Features:

Old Hickory Lake is a 22,500 acre reservoir created by the Old Hickory Lock and Dam on the Cumberland River. The lake is surrounded by wooded areas and grassy flatlands in addition to 440 miles of scenic shoreline.


Laguardo is a popular spot for picnicking, but visitors can also participate in fishing, canoeing or water skiing with a convenient boat ramp located within the facility.


The group picnic shelter holds 100 guests and 50 vehicles and features modern amenities such as flush toilets. Family friendly offerings include a playground for children and an easily accessible swimming area, with sandy beaches.

Nearby Attractions:

Hikers can explore the 1.1-mile Old Hickory Lake Nature Trail with three loops that range in terrain: the Woodland Loop, Willow Swamp Loop and the Wildlife Loop.

Near the dam, mountain bikers can try the Shutes Branch Mountain Biking Trail and bow hunters can make use of the Old Hickory Lake Archery Range.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Boat Ramp
  • Entrance Station
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Parking Area
  • Playground
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • There is a $4 fee per vehicle for day-use facilities; parking is limited
  • Parking spaces may not be reserved
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.29028, -86.44611
36°17'25"N, 86°26'46"W

Go East of Nashville, TN, on I - 40, exit onto Hwy 109 N and follow for 8 miles. The recreation area entrance is located on the left side of Hwy 109. Follow signs.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

7609 HWY 109 NORTH
LEBANON  TN  37087

Phone Number:

Information:  (615)449-6544
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