SMITH SPRINGS, TN

Smith Springs Recreation 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 ...
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  • No off-road vehicles permitted

  • 12 vehicles allowed per site

  • 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

  • Park closes at 8 p.m.
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    Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
    Pets Allowed - no Near Water - no
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    Overview

    Overview

    Smith Springs Recreation 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 justification. 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 the 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.

    Nearby Anderson Road Fitness Trail is a paved trail winding a little over a mile through the cedar glade area beside the lake.

    Facilities:

    Smith Springs Recreation Area offers a large group shelter for day use and can accommodate up to 50 guests, making it an ideal spot for large parties and family functions.

    Nearby Attractions:

    J. Percy Priest Lake is conveniently located about 10 miles east of downtown Nashville, offering visitors countless cultural activities and the conveniences of a metro area.

    Booking Window
    Tue Aug 05 2014 - Sat Aug 01 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
    • Boat Ramp
    • Boating
    • Canoeing
    • Electric Hook-Up
    • Fishing
    • Flush Toilets
    • Parking Area
    • Picnic Shelter
    • Wildlife Viewing
    Within 10 Miles
    • Hiking
    • Horseback Riding
    • Trails
    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):
    36.08889, -86.58889
    36°5'20"N, 86°35'20"W

    From downtown Nashville, TN, take I-40 east 5 miles to exit 219. Turn right on Stewarts Ferry Pike, then left on Smith Springs Road. The recreation area is on the left after about 2 miles.
    Contact Information

    Mailing Address:

    SMITH SPRINGS
    3060 Smith Springs Road
    Antioch  TN  37013

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (615)889-1975