Nashville June 28, 2017
The Underrated Lake Near Nashville That’s Perfect For A Summer Day
Have you ever visited Center Hill Lake? We find it to be one of the most beautiful places in the state, chock full of stunning natural vistas and hiking along the water. Take a trip with us, and figure out just why we’re in love with this pretty place. If you’re living in Nashville: we’ve found your next vacation spot. Have fun!
Center Hill Lake is located near Smithville, just over an hour east of Nashville. With over 400 miles of shoreline, and over 18,000 acres of area, the lake has plenty of hidden branches and coves to feel like you have the lake to yourself!
The lake is man-made, originally created in 1948 by the Army Corps of Engineers who were looking to control flooding in the Cumberland Valley and to generate more hydroelectric power for the region.
One of the things that makes Center Hill Lake special is its entirely undeveloped shoreline. That means your experience on the lake will be filled with views of hilly, verdant shores that make for a beautiful and relaxing getaway.
Center Hill Lake is also known for its fishing, which is available year-round. Fishermen from near and far are especially drawn for the lake's three different species of bass. Don't forget to bring your fishing rod (and Tennessee fishing license) on your trip!
The lake is home to three different State Parks: Edgar Evins, Burgess Falls, and Rock Island State Parks. Between the three of them, there are over 15 miles of trails with plenty of waterfalls for you to explore. Be sure to check them out during your trip!
Center Hill Lake is known for being boat friendly, but if you don’t have a boat of your own, don't worry. Many of the marinas on the lake offer boat rentals for anyone that wants to enjoy the lake from the water.
There are also plenty of lodging options around the lake. Air BnB and VRBO are always great options for lakeside cabins, but you can find even more at the Center Hill Lake page of the Dekalb County website.
If you’re hungry after your trip, try out one of the
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