Beat the Heat: Places to Swim in Tennessee

July 28, 2021

Make the most of this summer discover all of the dazzling outdoor adventures that the great state of Tennessee has to offer. While Tennessee receives its fair share of snow and winter weather toward the end of the year, the average high in the summer is 89 degrees. Use the guide below to help you stay cool this summer at any of these popular swimming holes just a short drive from Nashville.

Jackson Falls

Three men swimming

If you frequently drive along the Natchez Trace, you should definitely make a pit stop to Jackson Falls to cool off. Less than a mile down a one-way trail, you’ll find the falls, complete with public restrooms, picnic tables, and lush greenery. Enjoy swimming with friends in the clear pool at the end of this steep trail and bask in the natural beauty of this spectacular 60-foot waterfall.

Long Hunter State Park

Just 26 miles away from Nashville, this popular destination in Tennessee’s network of state parks boasts over 2,500 acres of hiking trails, as well as campsites, volleyball courts, and playgrounds for visitors and their families. The 4-mile long Bryant Grove Trail connects the visitor swimming area at Bryant Grove with the Couchville Lake area, located along the shore of Percy Priest Lake.

Old Hickory Lake

Less than 30 miles from Nashville, Old Hickory Lake is a 22,500-acre reservoir created by a dam of the same name on the Cumberland River. Each vehicle will have to pay an entry fee of $5, and guests can always explore hiking trails if they don’t want to dedicate an entire day to swimming. Bring your boat and some friends to check out the shallow sand bar, Two Foot Cove, where many drop their anchors to kick off summer in Tennessee.

Find Your New Home in Nashville, TN This Summer

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