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      The Blue Heron has an awesome location at Ashland City’s Riverbluff Park (directly across the river from Riverview Restaurant).  There is ample parking, a 120’ dock reached by 4’ wide bridges, plus a picnic pavilion and public restrooms.   Kids love the playground!

     The best way to find the park?  Locate the A.O. Smith factory at 500 TENNESSEE WALTZ PARKWAY.  Look ACROSS THE STREET from the factory, and you will see open fields and the driveway into Riverbluff Park.    

         SENIORS & ORGANIZERS, PLEASE NOTE:  It is very easy to drive directly to the dock, drop off passengers, and then park your vehicle.  Terrific access for those with limited mobility!   We have had MANY passengers aboard who use canes or walkers.   CLICK HERE to see dock photos on our BOAT page.  

        EVERYONE, please drive carefully.  Ashland City enforces their speed limits.  Park speed limit is 10 MPH.

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DIRECTIONS to Blue Heron Cruises

Boarding at Riverbluff Park

APPROXIMATE address is 591 Tennessee Waltz Parkway

ACROSS THE STREET FROM 500 TENNESSEE WALTZ PARKWAY

(A.O. Smith factory)

Ashland City, TN  37015


    Blue Heron Cruises is located in Ashland City, Tennessee, just 40 minutes northwest of Nashville.  We are 30 minutes from Bellevue, 45 minutes from Franklin, 30 minutes from Springfield and 45 minutes from Clarksville.   We board passengers at Riverbluff Park -- across the street from A.O. Smith factory and directly across the Cumberland River from the new, completely rebuilt Riverview Restaurant.


FROM NASHVILLE (about 40 minutes):

  1. Take I-40 West towards the White Bridge Road/Briley Parkway exit.

  2. Take Exit #204 onto Highway #155 North (Briley Parkway).  Go 3.5 miles.

  3. Take Exit #24 LEFT onto Highway #12 North.  Go 11 miles, until Wal-Mart Supercenter is on your left.

  4. From that traffic light, continue for exactly 1.8 miles, and AS SOON AS THE SPEED LIMIT CHANGES TO 30 MPH, TURN LEFT onto Highway #455 North//Tennessee Waltz Parkway. 

  5. Go 1 mile on Tennessee Waltz Parkway/Highway #455 North and find 500 Tennessee Waltz Parkway (A.O. Smith factory).

  6. From 500 Tennessee Waltz Parkway, go .1 mile and turn LEFT into Riverbluff Park.  (If you reach the stop light at Highway 49, you have gone 1 block too far.)

  7. In Riverbluff Park, you may drive all the way to the dock and unload passengers who have mobility problems, then circle to the parking lot. 

  8. Please park in any SINGLE LENGTH spot.  (Double length spots  are reserved for boats & trailers.)

  9. PASSENGERS MUST WAIT ONSHORE.  DO NOT WAIT ON DOCK.  The Blue Heron will arrive a few minutes before your cruise.  The CAPTAIN WILL SIGNAL when ready to board.


FROM THE NORTH (Springfield) (about 30 minutes):

  1. Take Highway #49 West into Ashland City.

  2. Highway #49 will dogleg to the RIGHT, (to the Courthouse) and then LEFT.  Stay on Highway #49 through the dogleg.

  3. Go .3 mile and at the light just before the bridge, turn LEFT onto Tennessee Waltz Parkway.

  4. Immediately turn RIGHT into Riverbluff Park.  (If you pass the A.O. Smith factory on your left, you have gone too far.)

  5. In Riverbluff Park, you may drive all the way to the dock and unload passengers who have mobility problems, then circle to the parking lot. 

  6. Please park in any SINGLE LENGTH spot.  (Double length spots  are reserved for boats & trailers.)

  7. PASSENGERS MUST WAIT ONSHORE.  DO NOT WAIT ON DOCK.  The Blue Heron will arrive a few minutes before your cruise.  The CAPTAIN WILL SIGNAL when ready to board.


FROM THE EAST (Opryland Hotel & Donelson) (about 45 minutes):

  1. Take Briley Parkway (Highway #155) North.

  2. Continue past exits for I-65 and I-24.

  3. Take Exit #24 RIGHT onto Highway #12 North.  Go 11 miles, until Wal-Mart Supercenter is on your left.

  4. From that traffic light, continue for exactly 1.8 miles, and AS SOON AS THE SPEED LIMIT CHANGES TO 30 MPH, TURN LEFT onto Highway #455 North//Tennessee Waltz Parkway. 

  5. Go 1 mile on Tennessee Waltz Parkway/Highway #455 North and find 500 Tennessee Waltz Parkway (A.O. Smith factory).

  6. From 500 Tennessee Waltz Parkway, go .1 mile and turn LEFT into Riverbluff Park.  (If you reach the stop light at Highway 49, you have gone 1 block too far.)

  7. In Riverbluff Park, you may drive all the way to the dock and unload passengers who have mobility problems, then circle to the parking lot. 

  8. Please park in any SINGLE LENGTH spot.  (Double length spots  are reserved for boats & trailers.)

  9. PASSENGERS MUST WAIT ONSHORE.  DO NOT WAIT ON DOCK.  The Blue Heron will arrive a few minutes before your cruise.  The CAPTAIN WILL SIGNAL when ready to board.


FROM THE SOUTH (Brentwood & Franklin) (about 45 minutes):

  1. Take I-65 North.

  2. Take I-440 West; continue on I-440 until it merges LEFT into I-40 West.

  3. Take Exit #204 RIGHT onto Highway #155 North (Briley Parkway).  Go 3.5 miles.

  4. Take Exit #24 LEFT onto Highway #12 North.  Go 11 miles, until Wal-Mart Supercenter is on your left.

  5. From that traffic light, continue for exactly 1.8 miles, and AS SOON AS THE SPEED LIMIT CHANGES TO 30 MPH, TURN LEFT onto Highway #455 North//Tennessee Waltz Parkway. 

  6. Go 1 mile on Tennessee Waltz Parkway/Highway #455 North and find 500 Tennessee Waltz Parkway (A.O. Smith factory).

  7. From 500 Tennessee Waltz Parkway, go .1 mile and turn LEFT into Riverbluff Park.  (If you reach the stop light at Highway 49, you have gone 1 block too far.)

  8. In Riverbluff Park, you may drive all the way to the dock and unload passengers who have mobility problems, then circle to the parking lot. 

  9. Please park in any SINGLE LENGTH spot.  (Double length spots  are reserved for boats & trailers.)

  10. PASSENGERS MUST WAIT ONSHORE.  DO NOT WAIT ON DOCK.  The Blue Heron will arrive a few minutes before your cruise.  The CAPTAIN WILL SIGNAL when ready to board.


FROM THE WEST - OPTION A (Dickson) (about 41 minutes):

  1. Take U.S. #70E for 6.4 miles.

  2. After you pass Montgomery Bell State Park, turn LEFT onto Route #47 North/Old Charlotte Road.   Go 2.3 miles.  You will reach an intersection with Highway #250.

  3. TURN RIGHT onto Highway #250 North.  Go 13.8 miles. 

  4. You will reach an intersection with Highway #49.  Turn RIGHT onto Highway #49 East.  Go 3.1 miles (across the Cumberland River bridge).  At the first light, turn RIGHT onto Tennessee Waltz Parkway/Highway #455.

  5. Immediately turn RIGHT into Riverbluff Park.  (If you pass the A.O. Smith factory on your left, you have gone too far.)

  6. In Riverbluff Park, you may drive all the way to the dock and unload passengers who have mobility problems, then circle to the parking lot. 

  7. Please park in any SINGLE LENGTH spot.  (Double length spots  are reserved for boats & trailers.)

  8. PASSENGERS MUST WAIT ONSHORE.  DO NOT WAIT ON DOCK.  The Blue Heron will arrive a few minutes before your cruise.  The CAPTAIN WILL SIGNAL when ready to board.


FROM THE WEST - OPTION B (Dickson) (about 52 minutes):

  1. Take U.S. #70E through White Bluff.

  2. As you near Pegram, watch for the Ashland City sign and turn LEFT onto Route #249 North.   Go 9.9 miles.  You will reach an intersection with Highway #251.

  3. BEAR LEFT to stay on Highway #249 North for another 3.5 miles. 

  4. Turn RIGHT onto Highway #49 East.  Go .6 miles (across the Cumberland River bridge).  At the first light, turn RIGHT onto Tennessee Waltz Parkway/Highway #455.

  5. Immediately turn RIGHT into Riverbluff Park.  (If you pass the A.O. Smith factory on your left, you have gone too far.)

  6. In Riverbluff Park, you may drive all the way to the dock and unload passengers who have mobility problems, then circle to the parking lot. 

  7. Please park in any SINGLE LENGTH spot.  (Double length spots  are reserved for boats & trailers.)

  8. PASSENGERS MUST WAIT ONSHORE.  DO NOT WAIT ON DOCK.  The Blue Heron will arrive a few minutes before your cruise.  The CAPTAIN WILL SIGNAL when ready to board.



PLEASE NOTE:

RIVERBLUFF PARK IS USED BY HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN, ATHLETES, FAMILIES, FISHING FOLKS, BOATERS, PICNICKERS, HIKERS... AND BLUE HERON PASSENGERS.  

PLEASE HELP US KEEP RIVERBLUFF PARK SAFE AND CLEAN FOR EVERYONE!


   

 

IMPORTANT:  PLEASE FIND “500 TENNESSEE WALTZ PARKWAY” (the A.O. Smith factory).  Then look ACROSS THE STREET from the factory; you will see open fields and the driveway into RIVERBLUFF PARK. 


(The park’s actual address is 175 Old Cumberland Parkway, but the sign is very small and there is no “street,” just the driveway into the park.)

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