Residents and visitors exploring Mount Juliet should not overlook Old Hickory Lake as a place of vast recreational opportunities. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed Old Hickory Lake in 1952 in an effort to build Old Hickory Dam. Located on the Cumberland River just northeast of Nashville, Old Hickory Lake is filled with over 22,000 acres of water and 440 miles of shoreline offering visitors a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, boating, skiing and other lake activities. Old Hickory Lake offers some of the best fishing with one state and two national record catches.
Also of interest to recreational enthusiasts is Cedars of Lebanon State Park, named for the dense cedar forest that existed in the Biblical lands of Lebanon. The park covers 900 acres of land used for intensive recreation. An additional 8,100 acres is operated by the Parks Division as a natural area and as a State Forest by the Forestry Division. The Merritt Nature Center offers visitors a look into the geology and natural features of the park. Also available through the Nature Center are arts and crafts activities, hayrides, guided tours, campfire sessions, evening movies and organized games. The park is known for its unique natural ecosystems where natural rock gardens, called cedar glades, exist. Theses glades were formed as a result of limestone rock surfacing near the ground causing the soil to be thin or absent. Nineteen rare and endangered species of plants also can be found in abundance here and nowhere else in the world. Outdoor activities include the use of fully equipped playgrounds, horseshoe pits, a lighted softball field, volleyball court, disc golf, and lighted tennis courts.
Residents are thrilled with Mount Juliet’s proximity to a gamut of entertainment and recreational opportunities in neighboring Nashville, which offers attractions for everyone. Sports fans root for professional sports teams – the Tennessee Titans (football), Nashville Predators (hockey) and Nashville Sounds (baseball). Those interested in the arts enjoy the cultivated and newly constructed Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Municipal Auditorium, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Gaylord Entertainment Center, the Grand Ole Opry, and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. A 20 minute drive away in Lebanon is the Nashville Superspeedway. The speedway is a popular area and national attraction as the home to major NASCAR events.
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