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 for cooler weather and the breathtaking fall colors!

Weekend Trips from Nashville


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. 

Live Music at The Burlap Room

Smithville, Tennessee

Located on the grounds of the Bert Driver Nursery, The Burlap Room is a really cool place to visit.

With a chill environment, large seven acre estate full of plants, and a great staff, this will be your new favorite place. Don’t miss the last Saturday of every month either. Live music of different genres set the tone for the perfect fall night. Oh yeah, and did we mention the craft brew? Enjoy local favoites : VonSeitz TheoreticAles and Calfkiller Brewing Company.

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. Pack a picnic, hang out at the dock, kayak, swim – the possibilities are endless! 

Sing Karaoke at Twisted Oaks

Dowelltown, Tennessee

This rustic bar is located across the street from Hurricane Ridge Road (which is where Hidden Harbor Marina is located). Crafted dishes and mixed drinks make this place a great spot to grab dinner. And if you thought the inside was cool with all of the rustic decor, you’re going to love the outdoor space. String lights sway and there’s a stage for live music or karaoke. Who doesn’t love karaoke?!

Canoe the Caney Fork River

Center Hill Lake

Have you ever been canoeing or kayaking? There’s nothing like it! Rent a canoe or kayak at Caney Fork Outdoors or Canoe the Caney. Don’t worry about hauling the canoe or going through the trouble of trying to get down to the water. These places make it too easy to have a great trip. You’ll be shuttled down to the river, dropped off at the dam and be on your way! Once you’ve made your way – at your own pace – down the river, they’ll be there to pick you up.

Local tip – Wear shoes you can get wet and don’t take anything you wouldn’t want to get wet. The water is generated at the dam and stays pretty cool so you won’t be too hot. Take a snack and drink – you’ll be on the water for at least 2 hours. Wave at the cows when you pass by and keep your eyes open for hawks that fly over! 🤠

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?!

Pictured above is Belle & Beau Acres located in Baxter, Tennessee. A short drive from Center Hill Lake offering an off grid camping experience. Rivers, creeks, waterfall and open pastures. Read more about it here.


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.