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


Center Hill Lake Marinas

Smithville, Tennessee

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!


The Retreat at Center Hill Lake

Smithville, Tennessee

Peaceful, serene and scenic. You’ll love this place that offers cabin rentals and different retreats and events.

One you may be interested in this Fall : The Bend Class Retreat November 1 – 3rd. Picture this : it’s just getting crisp and cool outside, and you’ve just drank a warm cup of coffee by the lake. Now, you’re getting ready for yoga and meditation. 

Talk about relaxation!

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?!

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.

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! 🤠


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?!

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Bright Hill Bed & Barn

Smithville, Tennessee

Why drive back to Nashville when you can stay in town? Prefer something a little more private than the marina cabins? Check out this Bed & Barn in town. Comfort and southern hospitailty create a memorable stay. Plan your next event too! They offer venue space for weddings, receptions or anything else you’re celebrating!


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.