Now that summer is in full force, it’s the perfect time to embrace the outdoors and spend a day

on the lake! Hendersonville, Tennessee is home to Old Hickory Lake, which connects to the Cumberland River. Hendersonville’s beautiful waterways and surrounding greenery create a peaceful environment for fishing, swimming, boating, tubing, kayaking, or paddleboarding. But before anyone packs up their fishing gear and straps on their lifejacket, we’d like to share a few of our tips for planning a day at Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, Tennessee.


Restaurants Near Old Hickory Lake

Whether looking for dinner with a water view or a place to grab a bite while already on Old Hickory Lake, visitors can find several delicious restaurants along the water. The Rudder, for example, is a fun restaurant that boaters can access through Anchor High Marina. Boaters can indulge in some mouth-watering seafood dishes or pick up a juicy burger while enjoying the day on the lake. The Rudder also features live music, so be sure to check their event calendar. Sam’s at Blue Turtle Bay is also a fun meal stop for those already out on the water. Boaters can stop in and order a variety of meals, from pizza to pasta.   

There are two more land-based restaurants to try near the lake as well. Moby Dicky’s is a seafood restaurant with a fun vibe and lovely covered patio. And Sanders Ferry Pizza just moved into a lakeside location, serving crave-worthy pizzas with a view. 

Hangout Spots on Old Hickory Lake

Those who have never been to Old Hickory Lake before should take note of the local hangouts on the water. Three coves come to mind (listed below), but there are plenty of other smaller coves to visit while relaxing on the water. Here are a few that are well-known by the locals:


Skinny Dip Cove (Lakecrest Circle)

Wedding Cove

Two Foot Cove (Known as “Party Cove”)

Boat Rentals and Marinas on Old Hickory Lake

Old Hickory Lake offers several marinas and a few places to rent a boat for the day. Anchor High Marina, Blue Turtle Bay Marina, and Creekwood Marina are all located within Hendersonville on Old Hickory Lake. Lake-goers can visit any of these three facilities to rent a boat for their day at the lake:


Sweetwater Pontoon Rentals (Creekwood Marina)

Hunters Lake Rentals (Anchor High Marina)

Blue Turtle Bay Rentals (Blue Turtle Bay Marina)

Parks Near Old Hickory Lake

Several parks fill the scenery of the Old Hickory Lake area. One of the park options is Bledsoe Creek State Park, which provides a public boat ramp and six miles of trails for hiking. Nat Caldwell Park is also located along the water. Here, families can go picnicking or access the water for boating or fishing. Sanders Ferry Park, Rockland Recreation Area, Avondale Recreation Area, and Shutes Branch Recreation Area are some of the other parks nearby. 


The lakeside activities near Old Hickory Lake are just some of the local amenities that fill Hendersonville and the area, just north of Nashville, Tennessee. The charming city of Hendersonville offers activities and venues that suit the whole family.


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