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Tims Ford State Park
Tims Ford State Park, Campground view, June 2014.jpg
Tims Ford Lake from the campground
Type Tennessee State Park
Location Franklin County, Tennessee
Area 2,200 acres (8.9 km2)
Created 1978
Operated by Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Open Year round
Website Tims Ford State Park

Tims Ford State Park, also known as Tims Ford State Rustic Park, is a state park in Franklin County, in the U.S. state of Tennessee. The 2,200-acre (8.9 km2) state park is situated on the north shore of Tims Ford Lake near the north escarpment of the Cumberland Plateau, about ten miles from the city of Winchester.


Geologically, the park is located in the Highland Rim province, a hilly, slightly dissected area characterized by karst topography and scattered knobs. Terrain within the park is generally steep, except when approaching the lake shore.

Tims Ford Lake, from which the park takes its name, was formed by a TVA hydroelectric dam over the Elk River. This dam was completed in 1970. The lake itself is named after an early river crossing.

Facilities and management

The park is open year round and is managed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

The park includes hiking trails, two campgrounds, two pavilions, a marina, and an 18-hole golf course called The Bear Trace, designed by Jack Nicklaus.

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