Views of the expansive open waters are available from the boat ramps and at open spots on trails along the shoreline. Numerous migrating and wintering waterfowl along with herons, egrets and several gull species can be seen from here. The trail system winds from hardwood bottoms uphill through oak-hickory forest, and trails on the Pilot Knob Ridge and the observation deck at the TN River Folklife Center enable views of the canopy for abundant resident and migrant songbirds.
Fishing is productive from the bank, but the best way to experience this large river is by boat. The creek mouths and embayments are popular for spring crappie fishing from late March through May. Bluegill and Redear Sunfish are also commonly harvested from the lake. Bass fishing is best in the spring and fall. Catfish are commonly caught in the summer and fall.
Polk Creek Wildflower Trail — 0.3 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Beech Grove Trail — 0.6 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Pafford-Wilson Trail — 0.9 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
NBF 3-Mile Trail — 3.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
NBF 5-Mile Trail — 5.4 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
NBF 10-Mile Trail — 9.6 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
NBF 20-Mile Trail — 20.2 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate-Difficult