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Jefferson Springs

J Percy Priest Lake

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Summary

Jefferson Springs Recreation Area is a lakeside oasis in Tennessee, providing visitors a temperate climate with lots of recreational activities available like fishing, hunting, and boating. There is also a large group shelter, nearby Cedar Glades Natural Area, and the lake is close to downtown Nashville.

Overview

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

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.

Facilities

Jefferson Springs Recreation Area offers a large group shelter for day use and can accommodate up to 100 guests, making it an ideal spot for large parties and family functions.

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 10 miles east of downtown Nashville, offering visitors countless cultural activities in addition to the conveniences of a metro area.
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Nearby Campgrounds Distance Notification Rate
Poole Knobs
J Percy Priest Lake
4.1mi
Smith Springs
J Percy Priest Lake
8.9mi
Anderson Road
J Percy Priest Lake
10.4mi 43%
Seven Points (Tn)
J Percy Priest Lake
10.7mi 75%
Cook Day Use Area
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11.7mi
Shutes Branch
Old Hickory Lake
17.9mi
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