Edgar Evins State Park RV & Campground Guide

Tennessee

In the 1960s, a recreational area was added around the perimeter of Center Hill Lake, which had been created in 1942 by the Army Corps of Engineers when they built a dam. Edgar Evins State Park occupies a 6,000-acre piece of wooded land hugging the lake's shore. The park gives instant access to Center Hill Lake and all its wonders, a place of solitude and yet filled with vacation potential. The park is close enough to large urban areas such as Nashville and Chattanooga, TN, to draw large crowds every weekend.

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RV Resorts & Campsites in Edgar Evins State Park

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Edgar Evins State Park Campground

Edgar Evins State Park Campground offers 60 unique RV campsites. The RVs sit on concrete and steel-supported decks covered in wood at this park overlooking Center Hill Lake. These platforms accommodate RVs up to 40 feet in length. Next to the platform, each site is equipped with a picnic table, fire ring, and grate. Most of the campground is covered by second-growth pines that provide shade year-round. A dump station is located in a centralized position. Restrooms with flush toilets are sprinkled throughout the campground, and three strategically placed bathhouses offer hot showers. Edgar Evins State Park maintains a 300-slip marina and full-service boat dock. Fishing piers extend into the lake for those not inclined to take advantage of the marina's boat rental service.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 30/50 amps
  • Sewer Hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $41 per night

Rock Island State Park Campground

Thirty miles southeast of Edgar Evins State Park lies Rock Island State Park. The park includes an RV campground with 50 sites equipped with fire rings, grates, and picnic tables. These campsites are all back-ins with the capability of handling rigs up to 45 feet in length. Restrooms with flush toilets, warm showers, and a laundry facility are supplied by the park for the guest's convenience. Located at Center Hill Lake's headwaters, the campground offers excellent access to the lake for fishing, swimming, kayaking, boating, and canoeing. A ramp allows easy launches of craft into the lake. Evenings often find children expending their energy in the playground while adults release tension with a game of horseshoes.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 30 and 50 amp
  • Sewer Hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $32 per night

Hidden Harbor Marina

Located in Smithville, TN, Hidden Harbor Marina features 22 RV campsites, each with a fire ring and picnic table. Though the campground is small, its campsites are spacious and separated. The campground lies along the shore of Center Hill Lake under a thick canopy of second-growth trees. Shade in the summer is not an issue for these sites. Six miles of hiking trails take visitors outside the campground and along the shores of the lake. The park provides restrooms with flush toilets, bathhouses with hot showers, and a waste dump station. A boat ramp allows easy access to the lake, and boat rentals are available at the camp store.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 30/50
  • Sewer Hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $34 to $39 per night

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Edgar Evins State Park

Inside Edgar Evins State Park

Edgar Evins State Park is known for its bird-watching opportunities and the excellent fishing found in Center Hill Lake. Rare birds that periodically occupy the park include three different owl species, numerous hawks, wintering bald eagles, and the super-rare cerulean warbler. Of the four trails that wander through the park, some are rated easy while others are considered challenging. Center Hill Lake harbors several fish species, including trout, smallmouth bass, bream, and walleye. 

Outside Edgar Evins State Park

There is much to do, see, and experience in the region surrounding Edgar Evins State Park. The cuisines you find in the small communities surrounding the park offer a mix of American, seafood, Mexican, and more that will please any palate. Shopping opportunities in the local area provide an abundant supply of florists, gift shops, and sports outfitters. Visitors must travel some distance to find an urban area large enough to support shopping malls, such as Murfreesboro. Educational sites in this region concentrate on historical events.

Restaurants

Los Lobos Mexican Restaurant

Los Lobos Mexican Restaurant is a great place to stop for lunch. The chicken fajitas and taco salads are tasty and nourishing.

Type: Mexican

Location: 106 East Broad Street, Smithville, TN 37166

Blue Water Grille

When you are looking for a good seafood meal, stop by the Blue Water Grille in Silver Point, TN. For something unusual, try their grouper sandwich.

Type: Seafood

Location: 1287 Floating Mill Lane, Silver Point, TN 38582

Bumpers Drive-in

When you become nostalgic for those drive-in restaurants that are disappearing from the American map, stop by Bumpers Drive-in. The hamburgers and fries are piping hot when delivered to your car.

Type: American

Location: 303 East Broad Street, Smithville, NC 37166

Cinco De Mayo

To take care of that sudden yearning for Mexican food, visit Cinco De Mayo. While you are there, order one of their enchiladas or burritos for a great meal with a traditional Mexican taste.

Type: Mexican

Location: 305 West Broad Street, Smithville, TN 37166

Shopping

Stones River Mall

The nearest shopping mall to Edgar Evins State Park is the Stones River Mall. Though the mall is 44 miles away from the park, its list of 46 stores deserves consideration as a place to shop with famous brand names as Claire's, Dillard's, and JC Penney.

Location: 1720 Old Fort Parkway, Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Walmart Supercenter

When you find you need a variety of products, visit the Walmart Supercenter in Smithville, TN. These stores carry everything from medications to produce to apparel.

Location: 515 West Broad Street, Smithville, TN 37166

Sightseeing

Harmony Lane Farm and Creamery

Take your family to the Harmony Lane Farm and Creamery for hands-on education about farm life. Kids get to milk a goat, cuddle with baby goats, and see the insides of a working creamery.

Location: 285 Harmony Lane, Smithville, TN 37166

Falcon Rest Mansion and Gardens

During your stay at Edgar Evins State Park, take the time to drive 30 miles south to McMinnville, TN, to visit the Falcon Rest Mansion and Gardens. Built in 1896, it was once considered "the fanciest house in Tennessee." Visiting this restored home filled with artifacts from the turn of the 19th century, you get a feel for a lost time that helped create the world in which we live.

Location: 2645 Faulkner Springs Road, McMinnville, TN 37110

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How to Get to
Edgar Evins State Park

To reach Edgar Evins State Park from Smithville, get onto United States Highway 70 West (US-70 W) and drive for 3.2 miles. Turn right onto Hurricane Ridge Road and drive 4.8 miles to the park entrance.

Entering Edgar Evins State Park

Edgar Evins State Park is a day-use area that is open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Entry Fee : $0

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