Elm Hill Marina is perhaps the best-known marina on Percy Priest Lake, thanks, in part to it being home to the Nashville Boat Club and the Shipwreck Cove (see separate listing). If you are renting a pontoon boat for an outing with friends, this is likely where you will begin and end. (All boats have gas grills and swim ladders.)
That’s all well and good, and it means it is a hub of marine activity on summer nights and weekends. But that also means there is a lot of sailboat and car traffic coming in and out of the marine, so non-motorized paddlers, beware. Once you get away from the docks, this is a pretty paddle, with lots of coves to explore, like much of the reservoir that is J. Percy Priest Lake. And people love to take a paddleboard out on a pontoon boat to get a two-for-one water experience in summer. But if you are looking for a quiet, get-away-from-it-all paddle, this ain’t it.
Parking is pay-only, reserved for members of the marina who have slips for the season. You may not park in this area, even if you are renting a boat (signage is not always clear, but you will get towed). Just one-quarter mile south on Bell Road is a launch for non-members. It is also a pay lot, with plenty of room for parking and ample room at the boat launches.