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Three Hickories Nature Trail

This 1.6-mile long nature trail is located in a wooded area in Cook Recreation Area.

photo: Trail entrance at Cook Day Use Area. Photo by Courtesy

Length: 1.60 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Type: Nature Trail
Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Entry Fee? $4.00
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (off pavement)
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation

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Location: On E side of J Percy Priest Lake in Cook Recreation Area. (recertified 1992)
State(s): Tennessee
Counties: Davidson
Longitude: -86.59531
Latitude: 36.13202

Driving Directions

From downtown Nashville take 1-40 east 7 miles to exit 221B, right on Old Hickory Blvd., left on Bell Rd. (there are Corps directional signs from this point), right on New Hope Rd. 1 mile, right on Stewarts Ferry Pike, left on Old Hickory Blvd. 1 mile to Cook Recreation Area. The trail entrance is across from the amphitheater in the day use area.


The Three Hickories Nature Trail is a 1.6-mile nature trail located in a wooded area within Cook Recreation Area.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Soil, Compacted
Secondary Surface: Grass or Vegetation
Rock, boulders
Rock, smooth

Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Park Ranger:
Amber Jones
Natural Resource Specialist
US Army Corps of Engineers
3737 Bell Road
Nashville, TN 37214
(615) 889-1975



Trail entrance at Cook Day Use Area. Photo by Courtesy

Trail entrance at Cook Day Use Area. Photo by Courtesy


3 Hickories Nature Trail

I recently discovered this little used gem of a trail system near my home in Antioch, TN. I hike with my dogs so never really explored Cook Recreation Area since dogs are not allowed in the area where the Trailhead is. However, dogs ARE allowed on this trail it is just tricky getting there during the Park Season. There are two access trails, one near the parking lot for Cook Boat Ramp and one across the road from the old unused campground down the road from the main Day Use access road. This trail does not see a lot of use and is narrow rocky and rough. It is also hard to find at times. My dogs and I had no trouble, but people with small children and especially strollers would find it very difficult in its current state.

December 7, 2017


Great unused Trail!

This trail sees very little use and is full of unexpected surprises like sink holes cedar glades and ancient rock walls. You can really feel the history while walking here. It is located in Cook Day Use Area and there IS a fee to enter. Dogs are not allowed either, however dogs ARE allowed on the trail. During the off season you can walk in to the Trailhead or access the trail system from a narrow rocky trail directly across from the old campground. There is also an unofficial access trail near the boat ramp parking area. The trail is narrow and rocky and hard to follow but well worth it. There is an interpretative guide available online. There are LOTS of Deer Ticks so bring and use repellent! Beautiful trail!

November 19, 2017



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