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Sanders Ferry Park

 7  20 x 40 Picnic shelters with grills / tables (Seats 40-50 approx. people)
 1  45 x 86 Large Group Shelters with grills / tables (Seats approx. 250 people)
 2  Restroom Facilities
 2  Playground Sites
 1  Basketball Court
 1  Handicap boat / fishing pier
 1  Model Airplane Field
 1  18 - hole Disc Golf Course

Shelter #1                           Shelter #2                          Shelter #3

Shelter #4                           Shelter #5                          Shelter #6

Shelter #7                            Shelter #8 (holds approx. 250 people)

Shelters may be rented in the Sanders Ferry Park area.   Please call (615) 822-3898 to see what is available. 

Guidelines and Policies for Picnic Shelter Reservations:

The reservation office is located in City Hall
101 Maple Drive North, Hendersonville, TN - (615) 822-3898.

Reservation hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Reservations do not have to be made to use a shelter, but to guarantee your party a shelter once you arrive at the park you must make a reservation. You will be given a copy of your permit to take with you to the park. No reservations are made over the phone but you may call ahead to see if the shelter and date that you would like are available. We can hold your spot that day only – you must come in and fill out reservation form and pay by 5:00 or you lose your spot. Call or come in as soon as you know the date you are planning your event – shelters are sometimes booked several months in advance.

Reservations may only be made within the current calendar year.

If you arrive at your reserved shelter and someone is there you have the right to ask them to leave providing you have your permit. The police are given a copy of each permit obtained- if problems call them at (615) 822-1111.

Park hours are from daylight to 11PM

Sanders Ferry Park – 513 Sanders Ferry Road - 8 shelters - shelters 1 – 7 hold approximately 40+. Shelter #8 is a large group shelter that holds 250+, it is also the only shelter that has lights and electricity.

Fees:  For Sanders Ferry Park - If you are paying for a 4 hour block – you may pick the 4 hours you would like. Payment is made by cash or check only, sorry, no credit/debit cards accepted. Checks made payable to City of Hendersonville.

        Large Group Shelter  #8        Resident $75.00 up to 4 hours      $150.00 All Day

                                      Non Resident $100.00 up to 4 hours      $200.00 All Day


 All Other Shelters                 Resident $25.00 up to 4 hours      $40.00 All Day

                                     Non Resident $35.00 up to 4 hours      $55.00 All Day 

Resident – lives in the Hendersonville City limits (pays city taxes / has city trash pickup).

Company sponsored picnics & Church sponsored picnics, etc where Company / Church is not in the Hendersonville City limits must pay non resident fee even if person filling out form lives in Hendersonville City limits.

Changes maybe requested before your reserved date. You must return original permit(s) and a new one will be issued to you if changes are approved. There will be an administration fee of $5 ($10 administration fee for Shelter #8).

Rain outs – we will be glad to reschedule. You must call the next working day and let us know that you were rained out and would like to reschedule. If you do not know the date you would like to reschedule for, we will make a note that you will be calling back to reschedule. No refunds due to inclement weather.

Cancellations –There will be a $5 administrative fee deducted on all small shelters and a $10 administrative fee deducted on the large group shelter if you would like a refund. We must have at least a week’s notice for a refund. Instead of a refund you may reschedule for a later date at no additional charge. If less than a week’s notice, you can not receive a refund but may reschedule. We must be notified before date of event for a reschedule.

    Lights and Electricity are available at Shelter #8 only.  Lights will come on automatically at dark. You may bring gas powered generators for all other shelters.

     Grills – Each small shelter has a small grill. Shelter #8 has 2 large grills.  You may bring your own personal grill. Please dispose of coals properly – do not dump on ground around shelter. Please make sure that coals are cooled down if you dump into trash receptacle.                              

     Sound Systems – If a sound system (requiring amps) is going to be used, you will need to acquire a sound permit. There is no charge for this, but you must have an approved events application. Sound permits are acquired in the Executive Department in City Hall.

      Inflatable play equipment (i.e. moon bounce, etc.) Party Train or Party Bus – These items are allowed, but the person making the reservation must provide a copy of certificate of liability insurance naming City of Hendersonville as additional insured. Insurance can usually be obtained through the company from which the inflatable play equipment is rented. We require this at least a week before the event. You will need to bring a gas powered generator to use inflatable play equipment. 
Sports equipment is not provided by the Parks Department.

    Tables: A standard number of tables should be under each small shelter (usually 4). Although we cannot guarantee that number if someone should move the tables.

Maps / Directions are available upon request, but it is the responsibility of the person making reservations or requesting maps / directions to provide extra copies.


Shelters being used for other than routine picnics may need to fill out a special events form and it may have to be approved by the Parks Board.


Please clean up after yourself and dispose of all decorations, trash, and food properly as someone may have the shelter booked immediately after you.

     Thank you for using our fine parks and we look forward to having you come back        again.


Aerial View of Sanders Ferry Park







513 Sanders Ferry Rd
Hendersonville, TN 37075


From South (Nashville)

Take I-65 North toward Louisville.  Take exit #95 (Vietnam Veterans Blvd – Hwy 386) toward Hendersonville. 

Take exit #7 (Indian Lake Blvd / Drakes Creek Rd).  Turn right off exit. 

Go straight through stoplight at Cheddar’s Restaurant. 

Turn right at 2nd stoplight onto Main Street / Gallatin Road (Walgreens on the corner). 

Turn left at stoplight #8 (Sanders Ferry Road).  Travel down Sanders Ferry Road approximately 3.3 miles. 

Turn left just after Drakes Creek Marine Works onto Sanders Ferry Road.  Follow road past subdivision and into park 


Take I-65 North toward Louisville.  Take exit #95 (Vietnam Veterans Blvd – Hwy 386) toward Hendersonville.  Take exit #3 (Hwy 31E) toward Hendersonville.  Follow 31E (Main St / Gallatin Rd) through town to stoplight #8 (Sanders Ferry Road).  Turn right onto Sanders Ferry Road.  Follow directions above to get to park. 

From North (Louisville/Bowling Green)

Take I-65 South toward Nashville.  Take exit #97 (Long Hollow Pike – Goodlettsville).  Turn left off exit ramp. 

Turn right at 2nd stoplight (Conference Drive). 

Turn left onto Hwy 386 (Vietnam Veterans Blvd – you will go over by-pass to turn left onto it). 

Follow directions above for exit #3 or exit #7. 

From East (Murfreesboro) or West (Memphis)

Take I-40 or I-24 toward Nashville.  Take I-65 North toward Louisville.  Follow directions listed above to park.  

From Gallatin

Take Gallatin Road toward Hendersonville.  Veer right onto Vietnam Veterans Boulevard (Hwy 386). 

Take exit #7 (Indian Lake Blvd).  Turn left off exit ramp.  Follow directions above to get to park.


Take Gallatin Road toward Hendersonville.  Follow directions above to get to park.

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