Edgar Evins State Park

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Edgar Evins State Park


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Edgar Evins State Park is located on the shores of Center Hill Lake in the steep, hilly Eastern Highland Rim. The 6,000-acre park provides excellent recreational opportunities and accommodations on one of the most beautiful reservoirs in Tennessee. Visitors can hike on eleven miles of trails, with opportunities to view wildlife, wildflowers, and the natural beauty of the area. Fishing, boating, and water recreation are also popular pastimes. Wildlife is abundant and includes three different owl species, numerous hawks, and wintering bald eagles. The park is also the part-time home of the rare Cerulean Warbler, a summer resident of the park's mixed hardwood forests, which include stands of tulip poplar, oak, hickory, buckeye, and wild cherry. An observation tower at the visitor center offers a spectacular view of Center Hill Lake and the surrounding hillsides.

The park was dedicated in 1975 and named for James Edgar Evins, a Dekalb County businessman and mayor of nearby Smithville. As a two-term state senator, Evins was instrumental in the development of Center Hill Dam and Reservoir.

Map of Edgar Evins (TN)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.074964, -85.812572



  • Boating

    The marina at Edgar Evins State park is open year-round. There are two boat launch ramps within the park. The facility includes 300 slips, 250 of which are covered. A full service dock is available. Dock fees are determined by the size of the slip.

  • Camping

    There are 60 tent and trailer campsites with water and electrical hookups. These platform-type sites are built around the slopes of Center Hill Lake and are equipped with a table, grill, and fire rings. Three modern bathhouses with hot showers are located within the campground. Campsites are built on steel and concrete reinforced platforms with wooden 6 x 6 decking. They are designed to hold a camper or a cabin tent up to 33 feet in length. Campers with tents requiring tent pegs are asked to use large nails to secure them and to remove the nails when finished.

    Six campsites are 50 amp electrical hookups. The remaining 54 have 30 amp hookups. A sewage dump station is centrally located in the campground. Approximately 20 campsites and one bathhouse are open year-round. The campground has self-registration. Sites are offered on a first- come, first-served basis. Pets are allowed in the campground but must be on a leash. There are also nine primitive sites available; visitors should check with the park ranger to learn about the status of primitive campsites.

  • Fishing

    Beautiful Center Hill Lake has become a very popular fishing site. Visitors can expect catches of largemouth, smallmouth and Kentucky bass, as well as catfish, crappie, walleye, white bass, bluegill, and bream. Visitors can fish from the bank anywhere in the park except near or on the boat launch ramp and the courtesy dock. The lake is open for fishing year-round. Professional fishermen are drawn by the three species of bass found at the lake and several tournaments take place at the lake. Fishermen need to make sure to obtain the proper Tennessee fishing license from any sporting good store or the marina.

  • Hiking

    There are approximately 11 miles of trails at Edgar Evins, ranging in intensity from moderate to strenuous. Of the park's five trails, the longest is the 9-mile Jack Clayborn Millennium Trail; registration is required at this trailhead. Other trails vary in length from ¼ to 1 mile and do not require registration. The Highland Rim Nature Trail, located at the Visitor Center, is noted for an abundance of spring wildflowers.

  • Picnicking

    Four picnicking areas contain individual tables and grills. All of the picnic areas are shaded and most have a view of the lake. Picnic areas are located at the shelter area and near the boat launches. They can be reserved; otherwise they are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Each shelter has approximately nine picnic tables and can accommodate up to 75 people. A large fireplace/grill is located in each pavilion.

    Shelters may be reserved through the park office up to one year in advance. Restrooms and playfields are located nearby.

  • RVing

    RVs are welcome in the campground. Campsites are built on steel and concrete reinforced platforms with wooden 6 x 6 decking. They are designed to hold a camper or a cabin tent up to 33 feet in length.

  • Water Sports

    There is a small pool available for cabin guests only, with no lifeguard on duty. The pool is open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Center Hill Lake offers public swimming at your own risk. The lake is also a popular place for water-skiing.


The park is open year-round. Visitors can fish all year round. Spring wildflowers are a popular park attraction. The pool is only open in the summer. In the summer, temperatures range from the 60s F to the 80s F. In the winter, temperatures range from the 50s F to the 20s F. In the winter, visitors may see bald eagles, and in the summer they may catch a glimpse of the rare Cerulean Warbler.



The park is located in DeKalb County, 20 miles north of Smithville, 20 miles west of Cookeville and 60 miles east of Nashville. It is easily accessible from I-40 at exit 268 at State Hwy. 96 and Center Hill Lake.

Phone Numbers


(931) 858-2446