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Tims-Ford-Lake is located in Franklin and Moore Counties in the rolling hills of south central Tennessee. The dam for the lake is located on the Elk River at river mile 133.3 in Franklin County. Construction on Tims Ford Dam began in 1966 and the reservoir began filling in December 1970. However, long before that, this area was used extensively by the Indians and archaeological excavations have uncovered numerous artifacts, indicating man had occupied this area as much as 10,000 years ago. Today, Tims Ford Lake covers 10,700 acres and has a shoreline of 246 miles, with five miles of that belonging to islands that are situated in the lake. It is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the state and has excellent fishing, boating, swimming and camping opportunities. In fact, Tims Ford Lake is regarded as one of the very best bass fishing and recreational lakes in the Southeast. A state park is located at the lake and offers a marina and boat launching dock and ramp, five miles of paved trails for hiking and biking, picnic facilities, a recreation hall, playgrounds, ball fields and horseshoes. In addition to the lake, Tims Ford State Park features an L-shaped swimming pool that is one of the largest in the Tennessee State Park system. It includes a 12-foot diving pool, childrens wading pool and a bathhouse. Vacation rental cabins are situated on the wooded slopes around Tims Ford Lake and a 52-site campground is also located inside the state park.

Surrounding areas: Sewanee, Tennessee (20.2 mi), Monteagle, Tennessee (25.3 mi)

Tims Ford Lake Vacation Rentals

Tims Ford Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Jameson Inn1838 Decherd BlvdDecherd, TN10.4 mi.(931) 962-0130
Veranda House100 West Lincoln StTullahoma, TN12.1 mi.(931) 455-2300
Steeplechase Inn1410 N Jackson StTullahoma, TN12.8 mi.(931) 455-4501
Hampton Inn1922 N Jackson StTullahoma, TN13.2 mi.(931) 461-5222
Jameson Inn Tullahoma TN2113 N Jackson StTullahoma, TN13.6 mi.(931) 455-7891
Best Western3021 Thorton Taylor PkwyFayetteville, TN16.8 mi.(931) 433-0100
Country Inn & Suites126 Expressway DrManchester, TN22.1 mi.(931) 728-7551
Ramada Inn2314 Hillsboro BlvdManchester, TN22.1 mi.(931) 728-0800
Best Western Celebration Inn & Suites724 Madison StShelbyville, TN22.3 mi.(931) 684-2378
Comfort Inn-manchesterRt 8 US Hwy 41 S Exit 114Manchester, TN22.4 mi.(931) 728-0800
Holiday Inn Express & Suites/Conference Ctr111 Hospitality BlvdManchester, TN22.4 mi.(931) 728-9383
Knights Inn224 Expy DrManchester, TN22.4 mi.(931) 728-1001
Super 8 Motel-Shelbyville TN317 N Cannon BlvdShelbyville, TN22.6 mi.(931) 684-6050
Country Hearth Inn Shelbyville1607 N Main StShelbyville, TN23.6 mi.(931) 680-1030
Econolodge840 Interstate DrManchester, TN23.7 mi.(931) 728-6023
Hampton Inn33 Paradise StManchester, TN23.7 mi.(931) 728-3300
Charles Motel11603 Hwy 231 NMeridianville, AL29.1 mi.(256) 828-4801

Tims Ford Lake Weather & Climate

South Central Tennessee has a mild four season climate. The principal source of moisture comes from the Gulf of Mexico to the south, which results in a gradual decrease of precipitation from south to north. The Cumberland Plateau Region averages 50-55 inches of precipitation each year, with the greatest in winter and early spring. Thunderstorms are common in spring and summer. Average snowfall averages 12 inches statewide but due to the relatively mild conditions, it rarely persists for more than a few days. Summers are usually warm and humid, with cooler temperatures in the high mountain regions. Severe weather, such as tornadoes or blizzards, is almost unheard of in the state, although severe thunderstorms with damaging winds are experienced at scattered locations throughout the region each year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 48°F 30°F 4.94 in. -
February 54°F 33°F 4.46 in. -
March 62°F 40°F 6.89 in. -
April 70°F 47°F 4.26 in. -
May 77°F 55°F 4.60 in. -
June 85°F 63°F 4.82 in. -
July 87°F 67°F 3.88 in. -
August 87°F 66°F 2.61 in. -
September 81°F 59°F 4.46 in. -
October 72°F 48°F 2.96 in. -
November 61°F 40°F 4.59 in. -
December 52°F 33°F 5.79 in. -

Tims Ford Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Huntsville International Carl T Jones Field (HSV) located about 47 miles southwest of Tims Ford Lake in Huntsville / Decatur, Alabama, the Smyrna airport (MQY) located approximately 57 miles north of Tims Ford Lake in Smyrna, Tennessee, Lovell Field (CHA) located roughly 61 miles east of Tims Ford Lake in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and finally the Nashville International airport (BNA) located around 67 miles northwest of Tims Ford Lake in Nashville, Tennessee.

Tims Ford Lake Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Southern AdventuresHuntsvilleAL36.6 mi.
Lake WinnepesaukahRossvilleGA58.0 mi.
Nashville Valley Amusement ParkNashvilleTN72.7 mi.
Tennessee State FairgroundsNashvilleTN72.7 mi.
Water Parks
Aquatic CenterDecaturAL57.1 mi.
Nashville Shores Water ParkNashvilleTN72.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Scenic View Golf CourseWinchesterTN12.6 mi.
Sewanee Golf & Tennis ClubSewaneeTN20.3 mi.
Blackberry Ridge Golf ClubShelbyvilleTN22.1 mi.
Old Stone Fort State Park Golf CourseManchesterTN22.5 mi.
Willowbrook Golf ClubManchesterTN22.5 mi.
Colonial Golf CourseMeridianvilleAL29.1 mi.
Fox Run Golf CourseMeridianvilleAL29.1 mi.
State Parks
Old Stone Fort State ParkTN22.0 mi. 
Monte Sano State ParkAL34.6 mi. 
Henry Horton State ParkTN34.8 mi. 
U.S. Space & Rocket CenterHuntsvilleAL36.6 mi.(Science)
Huntsville Museum of ArtHuntsvilleAL36.6 mi.(Art)
EarlyWorks History ComlexHuntsvilleAL36.6 mi.(History)
National Museum of American WomenArringtonTN52.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
National Knife MuseumChattanoogaTN55.8 mi.(Technology)
Tennessee Valley Railroad MuseumChattanoogaTN55.8 mi.(Technology)
Chattanooga Regional History MuseumChattanoogaTN55.8 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Tennessee AquariumChattanoogaTN55.8 mi.
Warner Park ZooChattanoogaTN55.8 mi.

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