Tims Ford State Park

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Huntable Lands at Tims Ford

Hunting is allowed by permit, on Tims Ford's huntable lands. During the season, permits are available by visiting the Tims Ford office or online.

Boating & Marinas

Tims Ford State Park manages eight public boat ramps around the lake and leases two marinas, providing ample access to Tims Ford Lake.


There are 6.8 miles of unpaved hiking trails in addition to the 24 miles of bike trails that are also used for hiking. Two of the three trails begin at the visitor center, while the third wraps the shoreline near our marina. Pets are allowed on the hiking trails, but must be on a leash at all times. Pets should be current on all vaccinations.


Just an hour-and-a-half south of Nashville lies another star of the Jack Nicklaus-designed collection. The Bear Trace at Tims Ford has received widespread acclaim almost from the day of its opening.


There are seven miles of paved biking/hiking trails that connect all the major areas of the park. A multi-use mountain bike/hiking trail has an out and back total of over 16 miles and runs along the shoreline of Tims Ford Reservoir.


Tims Ford Lake is a long winding reservoir (10,000 acre) providing boating, skiing, fishing and other water recreation activities.


Essentially an upland park, open field birds such as indigo bunting, song and field sparrow share created meadow areas on either side of the park road past the visitor center.