center hill lake tennessee travel guide

Address: 478 Lancaster Rd, Lancaster, TN

Long Branch Campground is located below Center Hill Dam on the scenic Caney Fork River in central Tennessee’s Highland Rim. Above the dam, the lake stretches 64 miles up the river, where visitors come to enjoy boating, fishing and water sports. The 415 miles of forested shoreline provide excellent hiking, hunting and camping opportunities.

At a Glance

The campground offers 60 campsites with water and 50-amp electric hookups. A large, day-use group picnic shelter is also available, with water and electric hookup. Amenities like flush toilets, showers and drinking water are provided, creating a comfortable camping experience for guests. A boat ramp, fish cleaning station and playground are all conveniently located within the campground.


Individual sites at this campground operate on a 6-month rolling basis:

  • Availability is released from Thu, April 14th 2022 through Sun, May 15th 2022. Select dates for availability.
  • On November 16, 2021 at 09:00 am CST, availability will be released through May 16, 2022.


Fishermen come to Long Branch to experience trophy trout fishing on the river, which is stocked with rainbow and brown trout. Fly fishers and spin fishers alike enjoy this beautiful river and its abundant fish. Canoeing and kayaking on the Caney Fork River has become a favorite pastime for campers and sightseers alike. The Buffalo Valley Nature Trail is located just across the river from the campground. It provides access to the Caney Fork and is a very popular area for trout fishermen. The area has great wildlife viewing opportunities. Boating, water skiing and canoeing are popular activities above the dam on Center Hill Lake.

More About Fishing


  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Boat Ramp
  • Dump Station
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Shelters


  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Trash Collection
  • Picnic Table
  • Water Hookup
  • Electricity Hookup
  • Grills
  • Campfire Rings
  • Lantern Posts


  • Pets Allowed
  • Shade
  • Sewer Hookup
  • Drinking Water
  • Playgroiund
  • Picnic Area
  • Security Lights


Call toll-free 1-877-444-6777 between 10 a.m. to midnight Eastern Standard Time to make a reservation.


From Smithville:  from the intersection of U. S. 70 and State Route 56, follow U. S. 70 west 5.6 miles to State Route 96 North (Dale Ridge Road) and turn right. Follow State Route 96 north 10.7 miles to Center Hill Dam and turn left before the dam on State Route 141 travel .4 (4/10’s) mile and Long Branch is located on the right at the bottom of the hill, adjacent to Center Hill Dam.

From I-40:  Exit 268 and follow State Route 96 south 3.6 miles to the junction of State Route 141/96. Turn right and follow State Route 141/96 west 1.1 miles to Center Hill Dam, immediately after crossing the dam turn right on State Route 141 travel .4 (4/10’s) mile. Long Branch is located on the right at the bottom of the hill, adjacent to Center Hill Dam.

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