Cookeville City Lake Cookeville Tennessee-8

Nashville and Knoxville’s Midpoint Pitstop: City Lake and Waterfall in Cookeville, Tennessee

City Lake Natural Area

2010 Bridgeway Dr, Cookeville, Tennessee

A quaint park right off I-40 with a 35-acre lake and short, paved hiking trail that runs along a creek and ends at a stunning, large waterfall.

Photographer: Rosemary Fields

This is a smaller lake right off I-40. It’s great if you are new to kayaking and need a place to practice. The hiking trail is paved and very short so it’s also a great trail for kids or those who need a very easily accessed hike. It’s also the halfway point between Nashville and Knoxville so make it your next pitstop.

Can’t make it? Here’s what it’s like being at the park.

Enjoy the waterfalls!

Size and Features

Cookeville City Lake covers approximately 50 acres and is a man-made lake created by damming Falling Water River. It is a relatively small lake compared to larger reservoirs in the area. The lake offers a tranquil setting with calm waters surrounded by wooded areas.


Cookeville City Lake is a popular spot for fishing. It is stocked with various fish species, including bass, bluegill, catfish, and crappie. Anglers can try their luck from the shore or from small boats and canoes. A Tennessee fishing license is required for anyone fishing in the lake.

Recreational Opportunities

Cookeville City Lake provides opportunities for recreational activities such as boating and kayaking. The lake does not have a public boat ramp, but small boats and kayaks can be launched from the shoreline. The calm waters make it suitable for leisurely boating and paddling.

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