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part ofOld Hickory Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Tue Sep 01 2015   Season Dates


Nat Caldwell Park, located on the shores of Old Hickory Lake, is just a short drive from Nashville, Tennessee. The park is an ideal place for a day of picnicking and boating with a convenient boat ramp for easy lake access and group picnic shelter for entertaining.

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 named after former president Andrew Jackson, a Tennessee-native nicknamed "Old Hickory" for his tough and aggressive personality.

The lake features 440 miles of scenic shoreline, surrounded by wooded flatlands and plenty of access points.


Nat Caldwell is quieter than some of its neighboring picnic areas, making it a wonderful place to fish, view wildlife or simply get away from it all.


The group picnic shelter holds 50 guests and the parking area fits 45 vehicles. Facilities include flush toilets and a boat ramp.

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.

The lake is also near The Hermitage, a National Historic Landmark and plantation where former president, Andrew Jackson lived in the early 19th century.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Boat Ramp
  • Fishing
  • Pit Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • Parking is limited
  • 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):
36.34722, -86.51389
36°20'50"N, 86°30'50"W

Go north of Nashville, TN, on I-65; exit onto Vietnam Veterans Blvd East and follow until it rejoins Gallatin Road (Highway 31E), recreation area is 4 miles down on the left and right side of Gallatin Rd.

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Information:  (615)822-4846
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