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Cook Day Use Area

J Percy Priest Lake



Cook Day Use Area is a lakeside oasis located 10 miles east of Nashville, TN with a variety of recreational activities, such as fishing, boating, swimming and hiking, as well as two large group shelters. It provides visitors with a temperate climate and 19,087 acres of grasslands and woodlands to explore, with the nearby Cedar Glades Natural Area home to an array of wildlife and plant species.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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.
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Campground Matrix

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Nearby Campgrounds Distance Notification Rate
Seven Points (Tn)
J Percy Priest Lake
1.4mi 75%
Anderson Road
J Percy Priest Lake
2.2mi 43%
Smith Springs
J Percy Priest Lake
Poole Knobs
J Percy Priest Lake
Shutes Branch
Old Hickory Lake
Cedar Creek (Tn)
Old Hickory Lake
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