Center Hill Lake, Tennessee

Center Hill Lake, Tennessee

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Waterfalls + Hiking

Discover one of the many natural wonders in the area.

Fancher Falls

on the water

80′ waterfall accessible by water

Burgess Falls

on the water + park

Hike at the park and access the top of the 136′ waterfall or take a trip by water to the bottom of the waterfall

rock island state park center hill lake tennessee

Rock Island

on the water + park

Home of Twin Falls and Great Falls, a 30-foot horseshoe waterfall, located below a 19th-century cotton textile mill that it powered over 100 years ago.

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Rustic Cabin

A rustic haven tucked away in the holler full of antiques and family heirlooms.

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Ramps & Access Points

Where to launch on the lake and other waterways.

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Tennessee

State Parks

Visit a state park on the shoreline or others in the region.

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Center Hill Lake is located in middle Tennessee – essentially central to Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga. Quietly harbored in DeKalb County, surrounding towns include Baxter, Smithville, Silver Point, Sparta, Rock Island, and other rural communities.

Originally created in 1948 by a dam constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Center Hill Lake stretches 64 miles covering an area of 18,220 mostly undeveloped acres. With roughly 415 miles of shoreline and easy-rolling ridge tops, Center Hill Lake is known as a well-preserved and peaceful santuary.

Major tributaries of the lake include the Caney Fork River and the Falling Water River. Edgar Evins State Park, Burgess Falls State Park and Rock Island State Park contain portions of the lake’s shoreline. Tranquil waterways wind to Burgess Falls, Rock Island and Fancher Falls waterfalls. Other waterfalls, hiking trails and scenic lookout points can be found near the lake.

The emerald-like waters are well-known for fishing and recreational activities include kayaking, wakeboarding, skiing, and other interests. With Tennessee’s four distinct seasons, Center Hill Lake continues to be an ever-changing and alluring destination. 

Center Hill Lake is home to giant waterfalls and three state parks. Found in the rural wild of the Upper Cumberland Region of Tennessee.

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