Edgar Evins State Park offers hiking trails, fishing spots, and campgrounds for the adventurous at heart. And, it's only 60 miles from the heart of Music City. The park's distance in relation to downtown makes it a great destination for those looking for a day trek up to a weekend getaway.
What Makes it Great
The Center Hill Dam is located just over 26 miles above the mouth of the Caney Fork which flows down from the Cumberland Plateau. This creates a reservoir which Edgar Evins State Park sits on the northeast shore of. The park boasts well-maintained campgrounds, plenty of bird watching and wonderful views of Center Hill Lake. The 6,000 acres offers many recreational opportunities on one of the most beautiful reservoirs in Tennessee.
Most of the park is covered in tuliptrees, sugar maples, and various hickory and oaks. Hidden in the hardwood forests typical of the Eastern Highland Rim are campgrounds and walk-in primitive sites. The 60 wooden platform tent and trailer campsites are equipped with electrical and water hookups. The platforms are built on the slopes of Center Hill Lake which give you a great view of the park. More amenities include grills, a fire ring, and a trash can. If having electricity readily available doesn't qualify as camping to you, there are nine primitive campgrounds located nearby. All of which are in close proximity to three bathhouses with hot showers and a fire circle.
Who is Going to Love It
Anybody who is fond of the outdoors will love Edgar Evins State Park. There are plenty of places to fish, hike/backpack, camp, and bird watch. There are boat ramps available for anyone wanting to get a better cast than off the shore of the Center Hill Lake. The trails that weave through the park range from easy to strenuous--making it a great destination for visitors of any age.
Parking, Trailheads and Regulations
There is parking near the campsite, cabins, boat ramps, and trailheads. The Millennium and Merritt Ridge Trails share a trailhead and require registration. The other trails, Highland Rim Nature Trail and Evins Ridge Trail, do not require registration and have their own, separate parking. Dogs are allowed on the campsites but must be on a leash. Reservations would be a good idea.