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Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort (Nashville, TN)

Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort (Nashville, TN)


It was happy news when the GPS routed us through Nashville on our way to Mike’s next gig in Sioux Falls.  Nashville is close to where Mike’s oldest daughter, Stevi, lives in Smyrna.  Since we had a few days to kill, why not spend them with Stevi, catching up with her and delving into the history of the area?



We chose Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort for a few reasons: good reviews, pretty lake views and an on-site adventure park.  The park has 84 RV sites, all with some sort of view of Percy Priest lake.   Rates range from $45 to $55 a night.  At this time of year, the adventure park is only open on the weekends.  Since we arrived late on a Saturday night and were leaving Tuesday morning, that left Sunday as my only day to do the zipline and ropes course.  Unfortunately, the weather was abominable on Sunday.  Although the course is open rain or shine, the heavy wet drops and cold winds were not conducive to a positive outdoor experience.  I chose to stay cozied up with Mike and the pet babies, getting stuff done in the RV and reading.



Nashville Shores has the best dog run of all the campgrounds we’ve visited so far.   The long enclosure is shaded by tall, leafy trees and has picnic tables where owners can sit comfortably while watching their bark babies cavort.  Meeko had room to run flat out, and Sadie delighted in dashing back and forth, barking vociferously at kids on bicycles on the other side of the fence.  (The KOA in Laramie, Wyoming, is a close second with its fenced-in doggie agility course.)


We enjoyed Nashville Shores in the fall, but it’d be even better in the summer when the water-based amenities are open and the adventure park is running every day.

  • Laundromat
  • Horseshoes, volleyball, basketball and shuffleboard
  • Pet-friendly with dog park
  • Waterpark with wave pool and lazy river, multiple water slides, pools, beach, lake cruises and much more – open seasonally
  • Treetop adventure park – open seasonally
  • 310-slip marina with fuel dock – open seasonally
  • Private access to Percy Priest Lake
  • Waterfront RV sites
  • Pull-through sites
  • Free cable
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 50-amp full hook-ups
  • Fishing
  • Nature trails
  • Camp store
  • Bathhouse
  • Playground

Sadie meeting her “cousin”, a 15-year-old Boston named Samantha, who, like Sadie, is petite and tailless



Rutledge Lake RV Park (Fletcher, NC)

Rutledge Lake RV Park (Fletcher, NC)


Mike got a last-minute job in Fletcher, North Carolina, so we headed there after our stay in the Washington, D.C., area.  Rutledge Lake RV Park was just minutes away from the place he was working, so it was very convenient.   It’s a fairly small park but picturesque.  We liked everything about it, especially the ease with which we extended our stay.  When Mike was asked to work an extra day, the staff initially wanted to move us to another spot.  That would have been, of course, a pain because we’d have had to unhook and rehook for just one day.  After we asked to keep our existing site, the staff quickly called the arriving campers to see if they’d be open to going to another spot.  They were, and we were able to stay put.

Rutledge Lake, like many of the other places we’ve stayed, has quite a bit to offer:

  • 50-amp full hookup sites
  • Lakefront RV sites as well as some pull-through RV sites
  • Easy big rig access
  • Tent camping sites and cabin rentals, too
  • Open year round
  • Gated community with a 24-hour on call person available to answer any questions
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Pet friendly but no designated dog run
  • Bathhouse and laundry facility
  • Heated pool open from Memorial Day to Labor Day
  • Recreation room that is available for gatherings, playing pool, table tennis or relaxing in front of the tv and fireplace
  • The lake is stocked, and catch and release fishing is allowed
  • Paddle boats and canoes are available for rent for $5 for 4 hours
  • Propane fill station
  • Walking trails along the creek
  • Easy access to Asheville






Loved this mural in the laundry room!