Boat Rentals -- In the summer, pontoon boats can be rented at Four Corners Marina, on Percy Priest Lake, 4027 Lavergne Couchville Pike, Antioch (tel. 615/641-9523). The grocery store sells bait but no longer sells tackle or fishing licenses. The gorgeous lake, only a few miles east of downtown, is surrounded by a series of parks, trees, and natural beauty.
At Kingston Springs, about 20 miles west of Nashville off I-40, you can rent canoes from Tip-a-Canoe, 1279 U.S. 70, at Harpeth River Bridge (tel. 800/550-5810 or 615/254-0836; www.tip-a-canoe.com), or bring your own. Canoe trips of varying lengths, from a couple of hours up to 5 days, can be arranged. Rates, which include paddles, life-jackets, cushions and the shuttle upriver to your chosen put-in point, start at $45 per canoe and go up to $125 for a 5-day trip. The Harpeth River is a meandering, scenic river of mostly Class I water with some Class II -- and a few spots where you'll have to carry the canoe.
Golf -- For many golfing visitors, Opryland's Gaylord Springs Golf Links, 18 Springhouse Lane (tel. 615/458-1730; www.gaylordsprings.com), is a highlight. This par-72, 18-hole course is set on the bank of the Cumberland River. The course boasts not only challenging links, but also an antebellum-style clubhouse that would have made Rhett Butler feel right at home. Greens fees range from $35 to $75 for 18 holes. For the most serious enthusiasts, the Golf Institute at Gaylord Springs offers high-tech analysis of golfers' swings, two indoor hitting bays for year-round instruction, and on-site customized club fittings and repair workshop.
Horseback Riding -- If you want to go for a ride through the Tennessee hills, there are a couple of nearby places where you can rent a horse. A Cowboy Town, 3665 Knight Rd., Whites Creek, 7 miles north of downtown Nashville, is a Western-style family theme park. Admission, which is $38 per day for adults, includes stage shows, such as gunfights, hiking, hayrides, and horseback riding. The park is open only on weekends from May 1 through October 31. To make reservations by phone on weekdays, call tel. 615/242-6201; on weekends, call tel. 615/876-1029. Also visit www.acowboytown.com.
JuRo Stables, 735 Carver Lane, Mt. Juliet (tel. 615/773-7433; www.jurostables.com), is located about 15 minutes from Nashville on I-40 east, at the Mt. Juliet exit, and charges $22 an hour ($44 for sunset and evening rides). In business for more than 2 decades, JuRo Stables is open daily, year-round.
Swimming -- Though most of the hotels and motels listed in this book have pools, if you'd rather go jump in a lake, head for Percy Priest Lake. You'll find this large man-made reservoir just east of downtown Nashville, at exit 219 off I-40. Stop by the information center to get a map showing the three designated swimming areas.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.