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Tims Ford Lake & State Park offers perfect getaway

Posted on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Tourism–Tims Ford Lake & State Park

General Info:

Tims Ford State Park, located on the Tims Ford Reservoir in the rolling hills of southern middle Tennessee, is an outstanding recreational area and fishing paradise. Long before the construction of Tims Ford Dam on the headwaters of the Elk River, the area was used extensively by the Indians as a hunting and fishing territory. Archaeological excavations uncovered numerous artifacts and occupational sites, indicating that man had occupied the area as much as 10,000 to 12,000 years ago.

The 10,700-acre Tims Ford Lake is one of the most picturesque in Tennessee and is regarded as one of the top bass fishing and recreational lakes in the Southeast.



Lakeview Marina is a leased operation located inside Tims Ford State Park that provides equipment and supplies for boating and fishing, a boat launching ramp and dock. The Marina also includes a snack bar; bait shop, and fish-cleaning area. Jet ski, pontoon boats, fishing boats and canoes are available for rental. Contact the Marina at 931-967-6711 for information.

Holiday Landing Resort and Marina is also a leased operation at Tims Ford about 15-minutes (6 ½ miles) from the park office. They offer a full service marina with slip rentals, gas, pontoon boat rentals and a restaurant. For more information call 931-455-3151.

Tennessee Boating Regulations



The park has 20 beautiful cabins situated on the wooded slopes of Tims Ford Lake. The cabins are completely equipped, including appliances, cooking, serving utensils, and linens. Guests who stay at least three nights will have new linens provided during their stay. Every cabin features a gas fireplace, outdoor balconies; one TV with 12 channels of DirecTV and a charcoal grill. Cabins have two bedrooms with two double beds in each bedroom.

Reservations require two night minimum stays. Holidays are three night minimum stays. June and July require 6 night extended stays beginning on Mondays.

Cabin check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 10:00 a.m.
For cabin reservations call 800-471-5295.

Cabin Floor Plan
Photos of a typical cabin at Tims Ford



Tims Ford State Park offers two campgrounds for tent or RV campers. In addition, with a permit from the park office, tent campers may camp on any of the six islands on the lake or at our Turkey Creek area.

No arrivals after 10:00 p.m. and check-out time is 3:00 p.m.

Discounts available to handicap individuals and Tennessee senior citizens. Rate only applies when vehicle is registered to senior citizen or handicap individual. One site per registration. Senior and employee discount is not allowed on sites with full hookups from April 1 through October 31. Individuals renting a campsite must be eighteen (18) years of age or older.

Click for more information on camping at this park.



During the summer months, a summer programmer has activities scheduled daily. Everyone is invited. Schedules are posted one week in advance. Activities include crafts, nature walks, games at the Recreation Hall, campfires and storytelling, etc. All of these activities are free.

Request a Program:
The Tims Ford Environmental Education Association works with park staff to provide environmental education programs for groups by request year around. To schedule a program call the park office at 1-800-471-5295 or 931-962-1183.



Year round fishing at Tims Ford provides a substantial yield of bluegill, small and largemouth bass, catfish and crappie.

All Fishing Tournaments that originate out of Tims Ford State Park Boat Ramp are required to apply for a permit through the parks Visitor Center 30 Days in advance of the tournament date. Permits can be obtained by calling 1-800-471-5295.

Tennessee Fishing Regulations
Tennessee State Parks fishing policies



Bear Trace at Tims FordThe Bear Trace at Tims Ford is situated on a peninsula surrounded by picturesque Tims Ford Lake and provides several different looks from its range of tee locations. Opening holes are a blend of link-style creations that gently roll across former pastureland, and then gradually transition to wooded sites dominated by giant oak trees. The back nine presents a stronger test of each golfer’s mettle and culminates with traditional Nicklaus bunkers and a deep-water shoreline of Tims Ford. In all, the Tims Ford Reservoir is visible from most holes on the course and comes into play on several of the 18 holes, giving the course an excellent balance of challenge and playability. Call 1-888-558-BEAR (2327) to contact the pro shop.

Link to a printable flyer of the Tims Ford Golf Packages or call the park office at 1-800-471-5295 for additional information.

Learn more about the Bear Trace Golf Course at Tims Ford on the Tennessee Golf Trail.


Picnic Facilities

The lakeside picnic area has 40 individual tables and grills. Restrooms and a playfield are located nearby.

There are two large picnic pavilions that are available for rent for large groups. Pavilions are equipped with grills and have water spigots and electricity. Pavilions may be reserved up to two years in advance.


Recreation Hall

The Recreation Hall is available for rental to groups interested in using the facility for business meetings, family reunions, etc. The hall is divided into 2 separate rooms. Each meeting room can accommodate 60 people. *Groups over 60 will be required to rent the entire Recreation Hall. Reservations can be made through the park visitor center and can be made up to two years in advance. Contact the park for more information.

Recreation Hall Floor Plan (.pdf format)



The beautiful, L-shaped swimming pool at Tims Ford is one of the largest in the Tennessee State Park systems. It features a 12-foot diving pool, children’s wading pool and a bathhouse. Lifeguards are on duty during swimming hours.

The pool is scheduled to open the Saturday before Memorial day weekend and usually closes mid-August. Pool hours are 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday and closed all day on Monday and Tuesday, except holiday weeks. Please call the park for those schedules. Cabin and camping guests will pay half price for admission to the pool. Discount passes for summer are available.

Swimming in Tims Ford Lake is also permitted.



Tims Ford State Park offers over 27 total miles of trails. There are 6 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. The park also offers two foot traffic only dirt trails that total over 5 miles in length. One of these trails includes two suspension bridges and offers spectacular views of the Reservoir.


Other Activities

The park features several playgrounds and playfields with activities such as volleyball, baseball, basketball, and horseshoes. Recreation equipment may be checked out free of charge at the pool recreation center