COOK DAY USE AREA, TN

Cook Day Use Area is a lakeside oasis in the hills of middle Tennessee, providing visitors with countless recreational activities on the lake and in the surrounding woods and grasslands.J. Percy Priest Dam and Lake was one of the first Corps of Engineers lakes to have recreation as...
Status: Open through Tue Sep 30 2014   Season Dates

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  • Each vehicle will be charged a $4.00 day use fee upon entrance to the park.
  • No off-road vehicles permitted
  • Skunks frequent the area; store food in approved containers
  • Activities other than picnicking in the group shelters must be pre-approved by the Resource Manager
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COOK GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC 75 0
Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed - no Near Water - no
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COOK GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC 100 0
Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed - no Near Water - no
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Overview

Overview

Cook Day Use Area is a lakeside oasis in the hills of middle Tennessee, providing visitors with countless recreational activities on the lake and in the surrounding woods and grasslands.

Natural Features:

J. Percy Priest Dam and Lake was one of the first Corps of Engineers lakes to have recreation as part of its mission. The dam, completed in 1968, impounds 42 miles, with 14,200 surface acres of water.

In soothing contrast to the sparkling waters of the lake are the adjacent 19,087 acres of grasslands and woodlands.

A highlight of the region, the Cedar Glades Natural Area, is home to countless wildlife and plant species, including the Tennessee coneflower.

Recreation:

The lake provides a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities for millions of visitors each year. Because of its temperate climate and relatively long recreation season, visitors have numerous activities to choose from, including fishing, hunting, picnicking, boating, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing.

Fishing opportunities abound at J. Percy Priest Lake, with a wide variety of species available, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, striped bass, Cherokee bass and white bass. Other species such as catfish, bluegill, bream and trout provide excellent opportunities for younger anglers.

A large sandy swimming beach provides guests of Cook Day Use Area with convenient access to swimming and comfortable sunbathing.

The Three Hickories Nature Trail is a 1.6 mile nature trail located in a wooded area within Cook Recreation Area.

Facilities:

Cook Day Use Area offers two large group shelters for day use, which can accommodate 75 and 100 guests, making it an ideal spot for large parties and family functions.

A large playground surrounded by lush, grassy areas are perfect for children to run around and enjoy the outdoors.

Nearby Attractions:

J. Percy Priest Lake is conveniently located about ten miles east of downtown Nashville, offering visitors countless cultural activities and the conveniences of a metro area.

Cook Day Use Area is also close to the Hermitage, the historic home of President Andrew Jackson.

Booking Window
Wed Jul 16 2014 - Sun Jul 12 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Tue Apr 01 2014 Tue Sep 30 2014
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Fishing
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Entrance Station
  • Hiking
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Playground
  • Swimming
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Apr 01 2014 -
Sep 30 2014
GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC $40.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.13667, -86.59583
36°8'12"N, 86°35'45"W

From downtown Nashville, TN, take I-40 east for 7 miles to exit 221B. Turn right on Old Hickory Boulevard, left on Bell Road, right on New Hope Road and right on Stewarts Ferry Pike. Follow the signs to the picnic shelters.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

COOK DAY USE AREA
12230 OLD HICKORY BLVD.
HERMITAGE  TN  37076

Phone Number:

Information:  (615)889-1975
; Resource Manager's Office: (615)889-9551; Day Use (615)889-9551