Great Golf, Fishing and Parks Highlight Bedford County Recreation Opportunities
Bedford County residents can experience fun and fellowship while staying fit through hundreds of programs and recreational opportunities provided by the Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Department, natural assets such as the Duck River and golf at one of the best courses in the state, River Bend Country Club.
Shelbyville Parks and Recreation
The Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Department keep residents active with sports leagues, a wide variety of fitness classes and programs and top-notch facilities. Sports and fitness programs for youth include soccer, basketball, football, baseball and cheerleading leagues, while adults participate in baseball, softball and volleyball leagues. The department also offers tennis, scuba and martial arts programs, plus classes in dance, art, swimming, camps, teen activities and special events. The H.V Griffin Park Complex features a skateboard park, batting cages, tennis courts, outdoor basketball courts, Celebration Station Playground, sand volleyball courts, softball and baseball fields, a walking trail and horseshoe pits. The shining gem of the parks system is its 52,000-square-foot recreation center, which has an indoor pool, gymnasiums, a fitness room, indoor running track, locker rooms and an aerobics room.
Fishing on the Duck River
Fishing for rainbow trout on the Duck River‚ especially from May through July‚ can be a little bit of angling heaven for any outdoor enthusiast. Trout catches exceed most other fish catches on the Duck River below Normandy Dam in Bedford County‚ thanks in large part to the efforts of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The TWRA operates the Normandy Fish Hatchery and raises 12 species of fish – including rainbow trout and brown trout – then stocks rivers‚ lakes and reservoirs throughout Tennessee. According to the TWRA‚ still-fishing with live bait is the most popular method to catch trout along the Duck River‚ followed by fly fishing as well as spin-fishing with artificial lures. To find a prime spot, local anglers recommend parking near the bridge in Normandy, then walking the path along the river toward the dam. Another good place is near Cortner Mill, and fishing by canoe is preferred by some who have learned that certain hot spots for trout are accessible only by boat.
Great Golf at River Bend
Golfers may enjoy a round of play at one of the finest small club courses in Tennessee at River Bend Country Club, a George Cobb-designed, 18-hole course in Shelbyville that opened in 1958. River Bend offers programs for golfers of every age and skill level, including juniors, seniors, ladies and mainstay golfers. River Bend is one of the first clubs in the area to install Ultra Dwarf hybrid Bermuda grass on its course, a heat- and water-loving surface that does uniquely well in this area in both winter and summer. As a full-service country club, River Bend offers more than good golf, including a fully stocked pro shop, putting green, driving range and lessons. Members can also enjoy a large swimming pool and kiddie pool, two lighted tennis courts and an outdoor lounge and grill for informal dining. The club also has a formal banquet room and smaller dining room.