Lake Leatherwood City Park
Lake Leatherwood City Park is a place of natural serenity encompassing 1610 acres which includes an 85-acre spring-fed lake. The lake is formed by one of the largest hand-cut native limestone dams in the country. The dam and several park structures were built in the early 1940s by the WPA. Lake Leatherwood Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The park offers a variety of recreational opportunities. For hiking and biking enthusiasts, the park maintains over 25 miles of trails with varying terrains. Please note that all trails are closed to motorized vehicles. Hikers and bicyclists will enjoy solitude, wildlife, cool springs, an intermittent creek, historic stone walls and bridges, unusual rock formations and the beauty of nature.
Fishing & boating fans will be glad to know that the park provides a paved boat ramp and a handicapped-accessible kayak & canoe launch! The waters of Lake Leatherwood are home to bluegill, crappie, bream, largemouth bass, and channel catfish. Forgot your fishing pole? No worries, the well-stocked Bait Shop has fishing poles, bait, tackle & a surprising assortment of sundries for sale. Kayaks, canoes, rowboats & paddle boats are available for rent.
Birders will be thrilled to know that the park is home to over 120 different bird species including heron, duck, geese, bald eagles, and wild turkey. The woodlands surrounding the lake support many species of wildlife, such as white-tailed deer, bobcat, raccoons, and snakes. Cabins and camping are available throughout the year.
Photographer: Edward C. and Unknown.