This park is built on the banks of the Center Hill Dam and Reservoir so provides the opportunity for water sports and boating. There are family friendly accomodations whether you stay in a cabin (sleeps at least 4) or stay in the campgrounds. There is a small swimming pool available only for cabin guests. Camping sites are decks jutting out from the hillsides overlooking the lake that will provide space for all but the larger campers and RVs. Early birds can usually get the ones closest to the water. In addition there are a few "primitive" campsites but they are near enough to a bath house to provde the luxury of warm showers. The bath houses are clean and attractive, with air conditioning and heating. There is a playground in the camping area and another near the marina. During "The Season, from April to October, The Galley Restaurant is open at the Edgar Evins Marina for midday and evening meals. This is a nice place, not a hamburger joint, with great food choices that includes seafood, steaks, appetizers, beverages, and desserts, served inside or out on the dock where you can feed the ducks (They love bread.). Of course you can still have your favorite hamburger fixed your way if that is what appeals to you. You can buy or rent boats at the marina. The Rangers and other park staff are outstanding. There are programs for all ages during the summer and special events throughout the year. There is an active Friends of Edgar Evins State Park non-profit organization that promotes and supports the park. The Friends and park employees together host several annual events including the Waterfall Tour in March, the Celebration of Spring in April, the History Hayride in October, and the Fall Pontoon Boat Color Cruise in early November. All of these four events, except the Celebration of Spring, have a small charge and require advance reservations through the park office. They are very popular with the local people too and fill up fast so it is best to reserve your places early. The TN Vacation on-line calendar is a good source to use to check on these. There's an observation tower to climb and a nature center in the Visitor's Center that includes a new exhibit of the lake's fish in a simulated aquarium. There are over 11 miles of hiking trails, picnic tables, covered shelter houses, and a small meeting room with a kitchen for rent for meetings and reunions. Just across the road from the park entrance is a convenience store called the big Rock Market which has a few groceries, fishing supplies, and the best home smoked meats and barbecue you have ever tasted. In addition, the little store at the marina has a few last minute items and groceries for purchase as well. Inquire there about canoe and kayak rentals by the day if that is your thing. So come on out to play! What's not to love about this wonderful park? (It's now on Facebook too!)
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