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Cheatham Lake Lock A

1797 Cheatham Dam Rd
Ashland City, TN 37015
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3 Reviews
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We camped in a tent site and it was very noisy from all the barges. Other then that we had no complaints.

Received from Dustin for visit in Aug 2011

Site Number: 44
Stay Again? YES
It was a great campground -- all of the above. CLOSE to the water. We really enjoyed watching the barge traffic. Very busy river. Waves sounded like you were at the ocean. Out site was spotless when we arrived. It had been raked, the fire ring cleaned out and the grill had been cleaned out. LARGE round concrete picnic table on a concrete pad with a concrete walk to the grill beside it. All of this on the LARGE site. A must campground for a relaxing time.

Received from Chris J for visit in Aug 2006

Site Number: 28
Stay Again? YES
Holly and I decided to go for a quick trip somewhere this past weekend, since our Fall Creek Falls trip is being canceled. We had originally planned to go to Defeated Creek, but we decided it was too far for us to drive after work on Friday. So I suggested Cheatham Dam Lock A Campground. The cg is a Corps of Engineers cg (COE), and I had driven through there about 2 years prior and was impressed, but haven't been back since. Interestingly enough, I had been on lots of emergency calls to the adjacent dam and river, as Ashland City Fire Department serves the area. I worked with that department for 4 years. Anyway, the campground was just as nice as I had remembered. It has 45 sites with hookup, and 7 sites for tent only. I think all 7 tent sites are on the river. Several of the sites with hookups are directly on the river as well. Sites range from $19-23/night. Most of the sites are very flat and would require minimal leveling. The "impact areas" are surround by cross ties, and the grassy areas are in great shape. The trees, by the way, were really pretty at this time of year. Most of the sites appeared to be fairly well shaded, although our particular site (#12) would have been sunny and warm if the weather had been warm. Within the cross ties (impact area) is the very small crushed limestone gravel (I think) that I like on campsites. It rained Saturday night, and Sunday while packing we had no problems with mud. Each site also has a rock fire ring made of limestones. There are also freestanding lantern hooks at each site. However, it seemed that they were very close to the fire rings, which seemed inappropriate, but not disturbing. The bathrooms were stupendous. Showers were hot, sink areas were clean, and the walls and floors looked like they had been painted the day before. The usual buggy ceilings were clean and fairly free of the usual bugs at campground bathrooms. The only drawback to the bathrooms was that they were not heated. This weekend was fairly cool, so the wife and I took hot showers in cool bathrooms. Holly took a Coleman Powercat to the shower with her! There is a pavilion area that can be reserved with a chair or a sign, but only by someone in the campground. I think it can be reserved ahead of time, but for a fee. The attendant said it only was reserved 3-4 times in the past year, so it would probably be safe to reserve it using the chair or sign method. The pavilion had a water hydrant/faucet and electricity as well. A short Nature Trail runs behind the cg, and offers some nice views. The trail is short, but steep in some areas. Was a good walk for Saturday morning. A washer and dryer, as well as an outdoor sink, was available for use. Both were outdoors, but under a shelter next to the tennis court. The tennis court was in good shape, but the net was down and in bad shape. The tennis court had basketball goals in good shape on it. Also available at the campground was a boat dock, a nice playground, and bundles of firewood. Of course, a dump station was available, which looked new. Adjacent to the campground was a public area, which included another playground, a river beach, and several picnic areas. Keep driving and you'll drive up to Lock A on the Cumberland River. It is not huge, but very interesting to see. One of the highlights of our weekend was getting to see (day and night) the huge barges that would come by the campground, so close that you could wave/see the people aboard. A very interesting sight to behold for young and old. We intend to use this cg more because it is close enough to drive to after work. It is overall very nice and a good place for us to go. Generally speaking, it is pretty easy to get to as well. This cg's drawback is also its strong point: RESERVATIONS. The sites would have to be reserved probably a couple months (or more) in advance, since there are only 45 sites available. However, that is one reason we intend to use it more, is because we can leave after work and count on having a place to camp!

Received from Larry C for visit in 2004

Site Number: 12
Stay Again? YES

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