Ashland City, Tennessee

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Ashland City is a town in Cheatham County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 3,641 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Cheatham County[3].



Ashland City is located at 36°16′5″N 87°3′18″W / 36.26806°N 87.055°W / 36.26806; -87.055 (36.267954, -87.054877)[4]. The city is situated in a bottomland along the northeast bank of the Cumberland River, a few miles upstream from the river's confluence with the Harpeth River. The Cheatham State Wildlife Management Area covers most of the hilly area on the opposite side of the Cumberland.

Ashland City is centered around the junction of Tennessee State Route 12, which connects the city with Nashville to the south and Clarksville to the northwest, and Tennessee State Route 49, which connects the city to Springfield and Kentucky to the northeast and Charlotte to the west.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 9.6 square miles (24.8 km²), of which, 8.9 square miles (22.9 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²) of it (7.61%) is water.


Sydney's Bluff, located on the opposite bank of the Cumberland River, is visible from most parts of the city, especially from the residential districts which are built on hills rising to the north of the river flood plain. This jagged cliff system, which was carved by the Cumberland River, is popular with local rock climbers and hikers.

The bluff was supposedly named after a girl who fell from the bluff while trying to escape hostile Native Americans in the early 19th century.[5]

Cheatham Lock and Dam, is a large recreational area operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers that offers many outdoor experiences such as Camping, Fishing, Wildlife Viewing, Water sports, swimming, and multiple children's play areas stretching along the Cumberland River. Cheatham Dam is a popular rustic weekend getaway for many surrounding areas.

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