Edgar Evins State Park
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7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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This park spans over 6000 acres around the shores of Center Hill Lake. At this park you can an abundance of wildlife including a few rare birds. The lake offers a marina and a restaurant, and the park also has a gift shop. More information on this park and many more can be found at the TN State Parks website.
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yeoboseyo
Lino Lakes, MN85 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
We camped here for 2 nights, and it was the most unique campground we’ve ever visited. Each campsite is a wooden platform built out over hills and ravines overlooking a lake. It’s beautiful and picturesque to say the least. Be careful when reserving a site - each one is “rated” for different types and sizes of RVs - make sure yours will fit on the platform! The campfire rings are pretty close to the road, but the campground is so quiet that it was never really a problem. The shower/bathroom buildings are old, but clean and well kept. The park has a lot of trails and places to explore - I wish we had had more time! We would definitely return when we are back in Tennessee.
Written November 25, 2021
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2travelOhio
Loudon, TN105 contributions
Sep 2021
Our campsite was very level with a concrete pad. We had a beautiful view of the lake with sunsets each evening. Our site was #42. Some sites have inclines which would be difficult to back a trailer into. The lake access is very steep and rocky. There are two boat ramps for launching kayaks, in addition to the marina. Restaurant closes for the winter season. There are several hiking trails. The lake is great for kayaking, although quite busy with boats on the weekend. Weekdays are very quiet. Very enjoyable visit.
Written September 16, 2021
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rebecca d
Nashville, TN82 contributions
May 2021
Nice state park with several good trails. The millennium trail is a good moderate hike as is the Highland Rim trail. Good for kids is the Storybook trail. If you enjoy history you will like the short but steep hike to Dunham cemetery, site of an early settler cemetery. I also recommend the small interpretive center with fossils, animal mounts and a great little aviary. We got to see a barred owl and a red shoulder hawk and learned a lot about them from the informative ranger there. Dogs on leash are allowed in the park.
Written May 9, 2021
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Nate W
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Family
We camped for one week at this park with our family and one other family. We both brought pop up campers. Both our families have experience camping in national and state parks around the country.
The good: we had heard the park was very quiet this time of year, esp. during the week. True. At times we felt like we had the campground to ourselves since we were on the top row. The prime spots (where we tried to book but were unavailable) were closest to the lake, and had the most activity.
The park is serene and pretty. Lots of natural beauty. The marina is large and offered boat rental. Tubing with a pontoon was certainly the highlight of the trip.
The bad: whoever designed this campground blew their budget on the platforms. We were attracted to EE b/c of this unique aspect-and it is- but the platforms come with drawbacks. Namely you have to pay attention to the grade or else you’ll have a devil of a time getting any trailer in and out. We lucked out with sites that were moderate but saw many pads that were gouged from past trailers. Frankly we couldn’t imagine getting our pop-ups in those.
Second, the pads have a water pump and electric hookup (good) but in most the location is to the front and left, which is opposite of where our electric cord comes out. We had to move our camper so close to one side that we were oddly crunched. I guess we could have manually flipped the camper around but by the time we noticed our 30ft cord wouldn’t reach we’d already had it.
The bathroom itself is nice but is way too far away, and our site was right next to the stairs leading to it. Many other sites had a way further hike to get there. Most of the path getting there is dirt. It rained a lot during our trip so the path became muddy and inevitably we would all track mud into the bathroom.
The shower area lacks a place to hang anything and the changing area is pretty narrow.
There are no grey water dump sites around the park or trash dumpsters except in the area around the camp store. I understand why maybe they can’t install these around given the narrow and steep roads of the campground but wanted to share that.
Lastly, the lake is big, clean, and was very enjoyable. However, the beaches are very rocky everywhere. There is no sand beach that we could find. It was ok for us to wear sandals to get to the water, just don’t expect a spot to lay out like other lakes.
Written July 21, 2022
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4adventures
336 contributions
Nov 2020
A beautiful TN State Park featuring over 6,000 acres on Center Hill Lake. Easy and almost direct access from the interstate. Nice hiking trails, several boat launches and marina. Nice visitor center with Observation tower that allows for 360 views.

Nice clean campground with spacious sites with power and water. Water sites offer exceptional views. Shower and restrooms were clean and comfortable with temperature control. Park rangers were friendly and were frequently patrolling the area. Onsite boat rentals in season.

Interpretive center was closed during our visit but features an outdoor Aviary which was available showcasing McKenzie the blind Barred Owl and a raptor. Beautiful.

Just ouside, actually right across the street from the entrance is Big Rock Market. A small market with basic necessities, drinks, t-shirts, stickers , BBQ and delicious Mac and Cheese. Caney Fork Outdoors center is also on this site.

Smithville, TN is close by. Be aware most stores close at 2pm on Saturday. Stop by Harmony Farms and visit/ take a tour of this working farm.
Written November 10, 2020
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RickyG2013
Orlando, FL5 contributions
Aug 2020
Nice cabin with great Paddle Boarding opportunities on Center Hill Lake. Cabins were clean and well kept and provided access to a courtesy dock for easy access of our paddle boards. Great day trips on the water. The lake was a little crowded on Saturday but great during the week. We brought our dogs and the cabins were grouped by dog owners to not bother others.
Only down side was provided by Mother Nature, not the TN Parks - BUGS! Picked up a nice batch of redbugs (chiggers) somewhere. Also, bring a "spider stick" to knock down the webs on the trails. All part of staying in a park to me, so didn't gig them a star.
Written September 8, 2020
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UncleDawg01
Mount Juliet, TN147 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
So before this goes downhill, the park is clean, the staff is nice, bath houses are clean and functional, and all is as you would expect it to be in a state park. Now, that being said, the marina across the cove from the campground is somewhat of party central on certain Saturday nights in the summer. Lots of people, music till the wee hours of the morning, etc. If this bums out your nature vibe, then it’s worth noting. The campground, and for that matter the park as a whole, is very hilly. Be prepared for a calf workout unless you plan to hop in the car every time you have to pee. The water was nice, but there’s not really easy access. A lot of climbing over rocks and falling into the water. Now, some reviews claim this to be the best park in TN and I find opinions to be like belly buttons, everybody’s got one. Not my personal favorite, but that’s just me. If you have a boat, I could see this being your favorite summer hang out.
Written July 26, 2020
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Written July 28, 2020
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Heather S
Dallas, TX8 contributions
Jul 2021
Thanks to the sweet Host for letting us have the other Host spot because otherwise we would have had to go home. Site #23 impossible to get into. The ranger even said it is the worst spot they have but there so many that are steep and hard to get into really. The wet road didnt help but it is single lane so if we went over the edge trying to get in we would have been in trouble.
Written July 7, 2021
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MACTN12
Tullahoma, TN18 contributions
Jun 2020
The dock style sites are wonderful. They are flat which means very little set-up. Shaded site, lake access for kayaks from our site, and a breathtaking view. Don't want to forget to mention the amazing job the staff are doing at keeping the restrooms clean. We will be back with family.
Written June 29, 2020
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MattInTn
Murfreesboro, TN128 contributions
This is one of my favorite state parks on my favorite lake in Tennessee. Here's the deal: I cannot spend what it costs to have a cabin with lake access on this lake, even for a long weekend. I can camp here for $20 a night, or stay in a cabin for $100ish a night, and have access to trails, shore and the lake itself.

The campground is unique among places I have been. The land basically is a steep slope down to the lake. The winding campground drive is tight in places. The campsites are actually large decks. You can park your vehicle/RV on it. If you get there early in the weekend, you can usually get one overlooking the water (maybe 10-20 yards away). Fire rings are right by the road, and wood is scarce.

At different times, I have fished from the bank, a canoe and a bass boat, and I always catch fish in the vicinity of the park. There is a marina. The rangers offer guided hikes, wildflower tours, pontoon boat tours, and tons of knowledge about the area. The park office has a steel tower that lets you stand over the treetops and really see the lay of the land, and Center Hill Dam.
Written March 17, 2012
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