The thing about living in the city is you can’t really enjoy all that Tennessee has to offer. Nashville and other large cities may have country music stars, but you can’t see all the beautiful stars above in the nighttime sky!

Looking to take a break? Get away from the traffic, noise and really see the best of Tennessee? We have just the spot. Come to Center Hill Lake! With all of the natural beauty, it’s the ideal spot to kick back and take a much needed breather.

Check out these local spots. Just a short drive from Nashville and just in time forwarmer temps!

Rent a Boat or Book a Cruise

Center Hill Lake Marinas

Alright, so Nashville has Old Hickory Lake and Percy Priest but Center Hill Lake is where it’s at. Known for our clean water and laid back vibe, this is the place to be this fall. Stop in at one of the marinas for a boat rental. Schedule a fall cruise because once the leaves change, you’re going to be floored by all the beauty!

Tour coves, waterfalls, + the lake

Want to explore? Consider renting a jet ski! This is a great way to ride around the lake. Stop in a cove to swim or ride to Burgess Falls or Fancher Falls.

See the lake & waterfalls from a bird’s eye view!

with Aaron Tippin, country music star legend

Okay, so you have heard of Dancing with the Stars. Well, at Center Hill Lake, you can fly with the stars! 

Country music legend Aaron Tippin owns and operates Tennessee Flying Machines along with his family! Located at the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport (KSRB), they offer flights over the lake, waterfalls and the surrounding area. How cool is that?!

Learn to fly from….Aaron Tippin and fellow pilot Sarah Tippin! They also offer lessons for beginner and advanced pilots. If you’re interested in flying or considering gettting licensed, book a discovery flight! Ted Tippin can also take care of any mechanical needs in the full-service maintenance facility. By the way, they specialize in antique and warbird aircraft.

And a couple of the planes are World War II aircraft!

Fact: All cool things are at Center Hill Lake.

Pictured above is Burgess Falls. It’s 136′ tall! See it at Burgess Falls State Park or Access this Waterfall by Water

See Giant Waterfalls

by boat on Center Hill Lake

So there’s like…a ton of waterfalls around the lake. You can access two by boat, jet ski or kayak (depending on water level of course). Definitely add this to the itinerary! 

Check out a list of 12 Waterfalls Near the Lake

Find out How to Access & Tour Burgess Falls Waterfall by Water

Roam a State Park

Edgar Evins, Burgess Falls and Rock Island State Park contain portions of the lake’s shoreline making it a great place to go if you don’t have a boat. Window Cliffs State Park is also nearby and features trails, waterfalls and 200′ cliff top views. Pack a picnic, hang out at the dock, kayak, swim – the possibilities are endless! 

Book a Rental: Canoe, Kayak or Paddleboard

Have you ever been canoeing or kayaking? There are so many coves to explore. Take it easy and float on down one or two. Bring your own if you have it! Drop in at any of the marinas or ramps. 

If you’re interested in seeing Burgess Falls, here’s how. You can also see Fancher Falls, click here to find out how.

The Galley- Restaurant Center Hill Lake

Sunset Dinner at a Marina

Center Hill Lake

It’s been a long day. Maybe you have been wakeboarding, surfing or flying around on a jet ski. It’s time to chow down! Pull up to one of the marinas for a lakeside dining experience. Wave at the boats going by, and listen to live music during special events.

Camp Under the Stars

by Center Hill Lake

Avid outdoorsman or just love to get away for a night or two? This area is ideal for your next camping trip. Fall asleep to the soothing sounds of crickets, frogs and owls. Sounds dreamy, doesn’t it? There’s nothing better than a quiet night around the lake. Gaze at the stars and keep warm by the fire with your significant other or family and friends! Just don’t forget the stuff for s’mores, am I right?!

AirBNBs + VRBOs

Smithville, Tennessee

Need the whole place to yourself? Celebrating something? Planning a weekend getaway with your sweet thing? What better place to go than Center Hill Lake? The surrounding area offers a ton of ultra cool places. Secluded cabins, killer views and Instagram worthy spaces…you need to be here.

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