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Hours of Operation
6:00 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.
The park is located in DeKalb County, 20 miles north of Smithville, 20 miles west of Cookeville and 60 miles east of Nashville. It is easily accessible from I-40 at exit 268 at State Hwy. 96 and Center Hill Lake. For a map and specific driving directions, visit

The campground and cabins at the park are accessible to persons with a disability.
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Friends Group
Friends of Edgar Evins State Park
(exit TDEC)

Edgar Evins State Park
1630 Edgar Evins State Park Road
Silver Point , TN 38582
931-858-2446  |  Toll Free: 1-800-250-8619

Boating Camping Fishing Hiking Trails Picnic Facilities Restaurant Swimming

Edgar Evins State Park is located on the shores of Center Hill Lake in the steep, hilly Eastern Highland Rim. The 6,000 acre park provides excellent recreational opportunities and accommodations on one of the most beautiful reservoirs in Tennessee.

Wildlife is abundant and includes three different owl species, numerous hawks and wintering bald eagles as well as the rare Cerulean Warbler, a summer resident of the park’s mixed hardwood forests, which include stands of Tulip Poplar, Oak, Hickory, Buckeye and Wild Cherry. An observation tower at the Visitor Center offers a spectacular view of Center Hill Lake and the surrounding hillsides.

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Historical Significance

The Park was dedicated in 1975 and named for James Edgar Evins, a Dekalb County businessman and mayor of nearby Smithville. As a 2-term state senator, Evins was instrumental in the development of Center Hill Dam and Reservoir.

Conference Center and Meeting Rooms

Indoor meeting space is available in the Camper Registration Building. This building can comfortably accommodate 35 people and is handicapped accessible. It is free to cabin guests, but requires reservations. Outside parties may rent the building for a minimal charge.


The restaurant at Edgar Evins is the Sweet Water Grill, located at Edgar Evins Marina.  The Marina and restaurant are considered part of the park but are privately owned and operated.  Please call the marina for further details at (931) 858-5695 or (888) 858-5695.


Edgar Evins State Park offers cabins and camping for your lodging convenience. The park features a modern, 34-unit lodging complex. Each one-bedroom unit is completely equipped for housekeeping and can accommodate 6 adults. The park also offers 60 tent and trailer campsites with water and electrical hookups.  These platform-type sites are built around the slopes of Center Hill Lake and are equipped with a table, grill and fire rings.

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There's a lot to do and see at Edgar Evins State Park! Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of our shaded picnic areas, come for a visit during one of our annual events (such as the Annual Fiddlers Jamboree), hike some of the parks approximately 11 miles of trails, fish beautiful Center Hill Lake or go for a swim.

Interpretative programs for all ages are scheduled during the summer months.  Subjects range from local history to flora and fauna. Special programs are also provided upon request.

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Annual Events
Picnic Facilities
Planned Programs


A small fire circle is located adjacent to the campground, which may be used by the public, provided no park programs are scheduled there. It seats approximately 15 people.

Gift Shop

Edgar Evins Gift shop is located at the Park Office. It is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., seven days a week all year. Inventory includes a selection of unique gifts, seasonal shirts, children's wear, caps, stained glass, assorted stuffed animals and locally crafted hiking sticks.