5 things to do near Paris Landing State Park

June 22, 2016  |  Permalink


Paris Landing State Park is located on the banks of the Tennessee River, which is dammed to form the 160,000-acre Kentucky Lake. Named after an old steamboat and freight landing spot on the river, Paris Landing offers some of the best water recreation in Tennessee. It is a perfect weekend getaway for people living in Nashville and Clarksville, Tennessee and an ideal basecamp for all of your adventures on Kentucky Lake.  Let’s take a look at 5 things you can do on a weekend trip to Paris Landing.


Where to stay


Cabins at Paris Landing State Park

In addition to the Inn at Paris Landing State Park, the park has 10 cabins overlooking the lake. These three-bedroom, two-bath standard cabins accommodate 10 people and are fully equipped with central heat and air, a kitchen, a gas log fireplace and cable TV. Don’t feel like cooking? The Riverboat Restaurant inside the Inn offers buffet and menu dining as well as a selection of imported beers and wines. The Inn also offers a bar that is accessible from the waterfront and has an outdoor patio. It’s a great place to pull in and unwind after a day on the lake.  


What to do



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1. Boating

Paris Landing and boating go together like catfish and tartar sauce. Kentucky Lake is #24 on the list of largest lakes in the United States, bigger than popular destinations like Lake Tahoe.  The park features a full-service marina and a four-lane public boat ramp. The ramp can handle wave runners and boats up to 72 feet. There are also local marinas that offer boat rentals. Whether you bring a boat, dock a boat or rent a boat, this is the perfect destination to make some waves.


2. Fishing

While some visitors might enjoy wake boarding and party boats, others prefer to spend their days searching for that next trophy to hang on the wall. While fishing is productive from the bank and piers, the best way to experience Kentucky Lake is from a boat. Bluegill and redear sunfish are common in the lake, but the summer is best for catfish. Paris, Tennessee, is actually home to the world’s largest fish fry. The springtime festival kicks off the season with over 5 tons of catfish served with all of the trimmings under a big tent. 


3. Swimming

The park has a lot to offer visitors who want to do a little swimming. There is a dedicated swim beach on Kentucky Lake as well as a lifeguard-staffed pool during the summer months. The park offers swimming lessons and water aerobics in addition to daily and annual swimming passes. The facility includes an Olympic-sized pool and a children's wading pool. It’s a great place to cool off during your time on land.



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4. Civil War Site Visits

There are three major Civil War sites within driving distance of Paris Landing State Park. Fort Donelson, located 20 minutes east of the park, is a national battlefield marking the surrender of Confederate forces at the fort in 1862. The Union victory at Fort Donelson quickly led to the fall of Clarksville and Nashville. Just over an hour south of Paris Landing sit two parks on opposite sides of Kentucky Lake – Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park and Johnsonville State Historic Park. On November 4, 1864, Nathan Bedford Forrest attacked and destroyed the Johnsonville Federal supply and munitions depot across the river at the mouth of Trace Creek.  Every November, the two parks conduct re-enactments on both sides of the river. Visitors throughout the year can visit history museums at both parks to understand the battle and the period.



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5. Land between the Lakes Recreation Area

This 170,000-acre recreation area is one of the largest undeveloped blocks of forest in the eastern United States. It sits between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, and is home to a variety of attractions. In addition to activities like hunting, hiking and birding, Land between the Lakes houses a planetarium and observatory, as well as an elk and bison prairie. Spend a day experiencing this national treasure and then come home to relaxing evening on the water at Paris Landing. Land between the Lakes is a necessary destination for all visitors to the area. 




Don’t let the summer heat keep you from experiencing the outdoors. Come cool off with us at Paris Landing State Park.


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