Center Hill Lake, Tennessee

Center Hill Lake, Tennessee

Run Wild

12 Scenic Places to Visit

Wildly beautiful scenic spots to explore this season. Hiking trails, scenic lookout points, waterfalls and more.


Northrup Falls

A remote hiking trail leading to a waterfall and swimming hole.

Guest Post: Ben Sergent

Kayaking the Entire Lake & Caney Fork River

Read about Ben and Harry’s rugged 4-day adventure.

End of Season

Shop Sale

Just in time for Christmas!

Season’s Greetings

Holiday Season at Center Hill Lake

Celebrate at the lake this year!



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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.

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.

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. 

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