Edgar Evins State Park, located in Tennessee’s Eastern Highland Rim, rises approximately 50 miles east of Nashville and provides spectacular views and a recreational haven for all of its visitors. The 6,000-acre park sits alongside Center Hill Lake, one of Tennessee’s most beautiful reservoirs.
Center Hill Lake provides the park with a picturesque backdrop for most of the park’s activities. The privately-owned marina and gift shop are open year-round. Visitors can rent boats at the marina as well as purchase fishing equipment, gas, and other boating needs. The marina also has a seasonally-operated restaurant on-site. The water facilities along with the other rentable venues and pavilions make this park a desirable Tennessee destination.
Edgar Evins is part of Tennessee’s Go Green With Us program, an initiative to use sustainable materials and minimize the human impact within the park’s boundaries. From the unique wooden camping platforms to the wildlife habitat and butterfly gardens, the park works hard to keep the ecosystem beautiful and the facilities running as efficiently as possible. In addition to the Go Green With Us program, the park strives to combat invasive pests that threaten Tennessee’s forests by using only certified heat-treated wood inside the park’s boundaries.
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Transportation in Edgar Evins State Park
Edgar Evins State Park is located less than two hours east of Nashville and Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The park sits among rolling hills and is surrounded by sugar maple, white ash, and various species of oak and hickory trees. The main entrance to the park is located four miles south of I-40 from exit #268.
The terrain inside of the park is hilly but doesn’t pose a problem to RVs. Please adhere to the max trailer capacity and trailer recommendations when booking your RV site. The reservation website details the capacity for each space and offers information such as sloping and grading so campers won’t be caught off-guard and have difficulties backing into their designated spots.
Campgrounds and parking in Edgar Evins State Park
Campsites in Edgar Evins State Park
Edgar Evins Campground
The Edgar Evins campground, located alongside the banks of Center Hill Lake, is one of the more unique campgrounds in the state. Instead of a paved camp pad, each campsite sits atop a reinforced wooden platform. Some of the campsites stretch over the lake, providing a spectacular view for campers. All 60 of the tent and RV campsites have 20/30/50 amp service, water, a picnic table, grill, and a fire ring. Most sites accommodate trailers up to 33 feet in length, and a select few hold trailers up to 40 feet. When reserving the site, please read the recommended trailer size for each space. The campground has three bathhouses, a dump station, and a community fire circle. Leashed pets are welcome and should not be left unattended. The campground operates year-round, but be aware of seasonal operations that limit the park from operating to capacity. Quiet time begins at 10 pm and remains in effect through sunrise.
Seasonal activities in Edgar Evins State Park
The park hosts several annual events throughout the year. In addition to these events, interpretive programs suitable for all ages are scheduled during the summer months. Subject matter rotates, but programs are typically centered around local flora and fauna as well as the history of the area. Please contact the park to see what’s happening when you plan on visiting, as programs change often.
If you are interested in birdwatching and plan on visiting the park between the spring and fall, bring your binoculars with you! The observation tower, located at the visitor’s center, is the perfect place to look over the trees and watch for birds. Each year the park observes over 150 species of birds ranging from songbirds to Osprey and Bald Eagles.
Visitors who love butterflies should set aside time to visit the Butterfly Pavilions. The Butterfly Pavilions, located next to the visitor’s center, is an area where native Tennessee plants attract over 35 different species of butterflies throughout the year. Pick up a butterfly species checklist at the visitor’s center, and see how many species you can find!
Water activities and boating are favorite pastimes at Edgar Evins State Park. You can bring your own boat and explore the lake, accessing the water from one of the three boat ramps. The marina also offers seasonal boat rentals from smaller watercraft like jet skis and bass boats to larger watercraft like pontoon and houseboats. Visitors can also take a pontoon boat tour during the warmer months. The marina is privately owned and operated, and people interested in boat activities should contact the marina for more information.
Hiking enthusiasts will enjoy the approximate twelve miles of hiking trails located within the park. Most of the trails range from moderate to strenuous, so know your trail conditions as well as your expected route before heading out for a hike. The longest hike combines two trails into one. The five an a half-mile Merritt Ridge Loop Trail and the two and a half-mile Millennium Loop Trail share the same trailhead, and both routes require hikers to register before leaving. Please register at the trailhead before you hike. Please note that the other trails in the park do not require registration. See a park map for more details.
Center Hill Reservoir is open year-round providing fishing fun for people of all ages and skill levels. To fish, you will need a valid Tennessee fishing license. Visitors can buy a license and purchase fishing supplies at the marina. Common lake species include three types of bass as well as, Walleye, catfish, crappie, and trout.