Metro Nashville’sHamilton Creek Marina is one of the most popular public park access sites on J. Percy Priest Lake. From this marina—which includes several boat ramps and access points—rowers, sailors, kayakers and paddleboarders access one of Nashville’s two major lakes.
What Makes It Great
Because this is a Metro Parks facility, as well as Army Corps of Engineers property, it has some great amenities, including clean year-round restrooms (many Army Corps restrooms are closed Labor Day through Memorial Day) and even affordable storage for kayaks and paddleboards. The downside is that the site can get crowded. Hamilton Creek also has a BMX track, and high school and college rowing teams practice here (although that may change in the future). So, parking can be at a premium on weekend days. There are parking lots at each launch; the one near the sailboats is gravel and the one at the motorized boat launch is primarily for those with trailers. The Nashville Rowing Club docks are private and not for public use, but you can launch from shore right next to their docks.
If you want a nice flatwater paddle, and don’t like to paddle alone, this is the place to go. On a windy day you can watch the sailboats come in and out of the marina, but be protected from the wind yourself in some coves.
During certain days of the week during the summer the Nashville Fire Department has been known to do water rescue drills here, and that’s pretty fantastic to watch.
Who is Going to Love It
Anyone who loves a day out out on the water. There's lots of people, great views and a fun vibe.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Hamilton Creek is easy to reach, close to the airport and just 3.3 miles straight south from I-40, or a straight shot north from I-24. Parking is free, and with exceptions of special events, is usually ample. Gate close at dusk and re-open at dawn. Metro Parks regulations apply.