Who doesn’t love being outdoors? As a local, I can tell you all sorts of cool spots to check out.

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Besides cruising Center Hill Lake and wondering the state parks, I also love to hike. With spring right around the corner, I thought I’d compile a list of a few places around Center Hill Lake I love. Hikes are never boring, but they are better with a view.

Here are a few of my favorite hiking trails at and around Center Hill Lake.

Burgess Falls State Park

4000 Burgess Falls Dr, Sparta, Tennessee

1.6 miles / waterfalls / bluff views

There are three state parks that border Center Hill Lake. One of those parks, Burgess Falls, features a huge waterfall and others throughout the park. There are also bluff views and paths that wind through the park. I go here at least once a week.

Hike throughout and make your way to that famous waterfall. Take a seat at the top of this 136′ waterfall.

Read about Burgess Falls State Park 

Window Cliffs

4000 Burgess Falls Dr, Sparta, Tennessee

5.3 miles / waterfalls / cliff top view above river

I talked about this place in a previous article. I love it!

See article and more about Window Cliffs.

This spot is located in Baxter, Tennessee. Fun Fact: it connects to Burgess Falls but the two do not have joint entrances and you cannot access the other. Strenuous and full of creek crossings – prepare to get your feet wet. It’s not that bad!

Rock Island State Park

82 Beach Road Rock Island, TN

1.6 miles / waterfalls / swimming / old cotton mill

Another state park that borders the lake that is worth checking out. This park entails different hiking trails including: Twin Falls and Down River Trail, Blue Hole Trail, Eagle Trail, Collins River Nature Trail, Upstream Trail, Bluff Trail, Moonshine Trail, and a few others. Head to the park and there are signs directing you!

See article and more about Rock Island.

Rock Island is just another amazing place in this area that features waterfalls, hiking trails, amazing swimming areas and a nearby cafe. Add it to the list.

Edgar Evins State Park

1630 Edgar Evins State Park Road
Silver Point, TN 38582

varies in miles / waterfront / borders lake / lookout points and tower

The third state park that borders the lake! This park entails different hiking trails including: John C. Clayborn Trail (7.3 miles and difficult), Highland Rim Nature Trail, Millennium Trail Loop, Evins Ridge Nature Trail, and various areas to explore. Head to the park and spend the day exploring!

See article and more about Edgar Evins.

By the way, there is also a restaurant at the marina. Grab lunch or dinner there. (It’s seasonal so call ahead) Ya welcome! You’re gonna love it.

Ragland Bottom

1410 Ragland Bottom Rd, Sparta, TN

1.1 miles / waterfront / borders lake 

Center Hill Lake has two designated swimming areas. One of those is Ragland Bottom near Sligo Marina.

Ye Ole Red Post Trail is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located at Center Hill Lake that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.