Nothing brings the summer nostalgia quite like a day at the lake. Soak in some rays, snack on Ruffles, crack open a cold beer, and throw on the water skis for a good time. Nashville’s a pretty bustling city these days, so just where can you go to sneak away from the crowds and get some time away at the lake?
Here are 6 top spots for a wakeboarding good time either for a day trip or the weekend.
1. Percy Priest Lake
Just 20 minutes or so outside of Nashville, Percy Priest is a prime spot for water sports or renting a pontoon for a lazy lake cruise. If you’re blowing off some steam from the work week, hit up Party Cove where you can tie up with other boats to share a couple beers and some beats.
2. Old Hickory Lake
Old Hickory Lake, located 30 to 40 minutes north of Nashville is another summertime hot spot (the shores are also home to Taylor Swift’s parents). Tie up for a party at Two Foot, the shallow sandbar area, complete with a volleyball net. Or, stick to the less crowded areas of the lake for cruising, waterskiing and more.
3. Center Hill Lake
Get in touch with nature with a visit to Center Hill Lake. There are no docks or homes directly on the shores of this lake so you get the feel of true time away. About 90 minutes outside of Nashville, Center Hill Lake makes for an easy weekend getaway. Rent a houseboat for a unique experience. Or, stick with a cabin and a pontoon to keep things easy. Whether you’re up for an active adventure or a time to recharge, Center Hill lake has it all.
4. Lake Barkley
At the border of TN and KY lies lake Barkley, a massive reservoir, a little over two hours outside of Nashville. In addition to water sports and fishing, Lake Barkley offer hiking, biking and even a water park.
5. Kentucky Lake / Tennessee River
Technically connected to Lake Barkley, this summertime gem offers everything you could ask for in terms of summer nostalgia. Whether you’re looking for time to connect with friends, grill out and swim, or spend some time with the family, there’s something for everyone here. From horseback riding and miniature golf to jet skiing, camping and fishing, choose your own adventure at Kentucky Lake.
Where’s your favorite lake spot close to Nashville?