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Group Picnic Shelters


Group Picnic Shelters


The Corps of Engineers manages several picnic areas on J. Percy Priest Lake.  At some of these scenic, relaxing areas, you will find group picnic shelters.  Seven of these shelters may be reserved (for a fee) up to 360 days in advance.  Reservations may be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service no less than four days before your picnic date.  When a shelter is not reserved, it is available on a first-come, first serve basis.  Shelters are available for reservation from early April until late October.

Items such as public address systems, dunking booths, pony rides, inflatable play areas, and other amusements additions are not allowed. Activities other than normal picnicking activities must be approved by the Resource Manager and may require a Special Events permit. The day use areas, which include the launch ramp, close at 7 p.m. from April through October.

To reserve a shelter, please click on the name of a recreation area or call the National Recreation Reservation Service at 1-877-444-6777.


 Recreation Area Anderson Road Cook  
 Approximate Season  April 1 - Oct. 30  April 1 - Oct. 30  
 Fee Range  $40 + $5 per vehicle  $40 + $5 per vehicle  
 Number of Shelters  2 (Reserved as 1)  1  

 Maximum Number of


 160/60  100/40  
 Water  Yes Yes  
 Electric Yes Yes  
 Number of Tables  16  4-6  
 Playground  Yes Yes


 Swim Beach Yes Yes  

Directions from Nashville







Take I-40 east for 5 miles to exit 219. Turn right on Stewarts Ferry Pike and continue straight on Bell Road for 5 miles. Turn left on Smith Springs Road, then left on Anderson Road. The Campground is ahead about 1 mile on the left or continue straight on Anderson Road to access  the day use area and shelters.

Take I-40 east for 7 miles to exit 21B. Turn right on Old Hickory Boulevard, left on Bell Road, right on New Hope Road and right on Stewarts Ferry Pike. Follow the signs to the picnic shelters.










Recreation Area   Jefferson Springs Seven Points   Smith Springs
 Approximate Season  April 1 - Sep. 30  April 1 - Oct. 30  April 1 - Oct. 30
 Fee Range  $40 - $80 $40 - $120 $40 - $80
 Number of Shelters  1 2 1

 Maximum Number of


100/35  150/65   75/25
 Water  No No Yes
 Electric  Yes No Yes
 Number of Tables
 Playground  No No No
 Swim Beach  No No  No 

Directions From


Take I-24 east to Sam Ridley Parkway. Turn left onto Jefferson Pike and the Recreation Area will be on the left.

Take I-40 east for 7 miles and to exit 221B. Turn right onto Old Hickory Boulevard, then left on Bell Road, right on New Hope Road and left on Stewarts Ferry Pike. Follow the signs to the campground.

Take I-40 east 5 miles to exit 219. Turn right on Stewarts Ferry Pike, then left on Smith Springs Road. The recreation area is on the left after about 2 miles.