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Parks and Recreation

Water Access and Blueways

Davidson County lies entirely within the Cumberland River drainage, and that river bisects the county from east to west. The Cumberland is joined by the Stones River above downtown Nashville. The Harpeth River skirts the southwest edge of the county, but its confluence with the Cumberland is further downstream in Cheatham County. In addition to the three rivers, numerous creeks and smaller tributaries flow into the three rivers. Each of the rivers and some of the tributary streams are large enough to support use by recreational canoeists and kayakers, at least for a large part of the year.

Public Access Points

This following information concerns access for small crafts, including canoes and kayaks. For information about motorized boats or sailboats, please check out our boat ramp or marina sections.

Harpeth river access hwy 100

Cumberland River

Harpeth River

Mill Creek

Stones River

  • Metro Parks maintains a boat ramp at Heartland Park
  • The US Army Corps of Engineers maintains boat access on the Stones River just below Percy Priest Dam on both the east and west sides of the river.
  • Metro Parks manages an access point at the Kohl's Greenway Trailhead under the bridge at Lebanon Road

Whites Creek

  • Metro Parks allows canoe and kayak access at Hartman Park and
  • County Hospital Rd. at Stewarts Lane.