NR 18-019: Corps of Engineers offers public access to Old Hickory Lock

Published June 7, 2018

OLD HICKORY, Tenn. (June 7, 2018) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is offering public access to Old Hickory Navigation Lock located at Cumberland River mile 216.2. The lock is accessible to visitors seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. now through Sept. 3, 2018.

Allowing people to visit the lock enhances community relations and lets people see how the lock facilitates movement of commerce within the U.S. Inland Waterway System.

Old Hickory Lock is one of four locks located on the 300-plus navigable miles in the Cumberland River Basin. It is a single chamber measuring 84-feet wide and 400-feet long. The average tonnage of all commodities transported through the lock is four million tons, which equates to approximately 2,700 full barges. The major commodities are coal, sand and petroleum. There are approximately 3,000 lockages for recreational traffic each year.

The lock is located at 1188 Cinder Road, Old Hickory, TN, 37138. It is also located at mile 216.2 of the Cumberland River in Davidson County. Public restrooms are available during visiting hours. For more information please contact the Old Hickory Lake Resource Manager’s Office at 615-822-4846.

(The public can obtain news, updates and information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District on the district’s website at, on Facebook at and on Twitter at The public can also visit Old Hickory Lake’s Facebook at

Bill Peoples
Lee Roberts

Release no. 18-037