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


Shutes Branch is located on the popular Old Hickory Lake, just a short drive outside of Nashville. There's plenty of opportunities for boating, biking, swimming and fishing, as well as Sailing.

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.


Bikers of all skills levels will enjoy the Shutes Branch Mountain Biking Trail, accessed from the picnic area. The first part of the trail is ideal for beginners, while the second portion will challenge more experienced cyclists with rockier terrain, ledges and tight turns.

With its close vicinity to the water, Fishing and swimming are consistently popular activities at Shutes Branch.


Shutes Branch offers various picnic sites, a boat launch and fishing platform.

The reservable group picnic shelter holds 50 guests and comes with electric hookups.

Nearby Attractions:

Nearby fishing piers attract anglers at Rockland, Sanders Ferry, Shutes Branch and Bledsoe Creek State Park.

History buffs will enjoy a day trip to The Hermitage, a National Historic Landmark and home of former president, Andrew Jackson, during the early 19th century.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Biking
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Parking Area
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):
36.24639, -86.56861
36°14'47"N, 86°34'7"W

East of Nashville, TN on I-40, exit onto Old Hickory Blvd N, turn right onto Hwy 70 (Lebanon Rd), then turn left onto Andrew Jackson Blvd. Continue until 1st light, continue straight ahead on Saundersville Road, turn left into recreation area.

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Information:  (615)754-4847
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