Old Hickory Boulevard

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Old Hickory Boulevard
Route information
Maintained by TDOT
Counties: Davidson County
Highway system
  • Tennessee State Routes

Old Hickory Boulevard is a historic road that encircles Nashville, Tennessee. Originally the road, aided by ferries, formed an unbroken loop around the city. Today, it is interrupted by lakes and rerouted sections.

Route description[edit]

Old Hickory Bridge on Old Hickory Boulevard

The road is named for President Andrew Jackson, who was nicknamed "Old Hickory." The road intersects with each of Interstates 24, 65, and 40 in the Nashville area at least twice, which contributes to the misconception that there are many roads in Nashville using this name, rather than one.

From I-40 exit 221 to I-24 exit 62 the path is not continuous. It was interrupted in the creation of Percy Priest Lake and is partly now underwater. Its terminus at River Road Pike and Old Charlotte Pike, north of Bellevue, is about 2 miles (3.2 km) out of line (to the southwest) with the terminus at Charlotte Pike (US 70). Old Hickory Boulevard has a short stint northward before being interrupted again by the Cumberland River, just as it intersects Cleeces Ferry Rd. It then resumes directly across the river, on the Bell's Bend side, which is opposite of the aforementioned intersection, near the Nashville West development.

Along its path, Old Hickory Boulevard is part of several state routes: SR 171, SR 254, SR 251, and SR 45.


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