Not from here? Never heard of Center Hill Lake? I got you.
First of all, welcome to the lake! This is my hometown area, and I am so glad you are interested in it! I hope you stick around for a while and visit often.
So, what do you need to know about the lake? Here are a few facts…
Center Hill Lake is located in middle Tennessee – about an hour east of Nashville.
The lake is located centrally to Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga. It’s easy to access from major interstates and highways.
But that doesn’t mean we don’t got it going on! 😏 And hello that’s one of the best things about it.
It’s low key, rural, quiet and well preserved. This is a popular destintion for those wanting somewhere to go and escape. We host popular and fun events every year including a July 4th fireworks show and WakeFest.
The marinas / restaurants are mostly seasonal.
Tennessee has four distinct seasons. While winter months (November – February) are mild, it still gets cold and traffic at the lake dies down. Marinas and restaurants close during the winter. Exact dates change so call ahead to make sure they’re open if you are coming out of season.
You should still visit during winter though! A lot of people still book cozy weekend stays. Winter has its advantage. If it snows, it’s beautiful. Because there’s less traffic, it’s very quiet – making it a great place to go and rewind.
There’s a lot of cool things to do and see.
Fly over the lake, take a kayaking tour, jet bikes, hike giant waterfalls, rent a jet ski…..you might as well just be here all summer because you won’t be bored and you won’t run out of things to do.
There are waterfalls you can get to by water.
There are two waterfalls on the lake at Center Hill Lake. Burgess Falls and Fancher Falls are accessible by water.
Fancher Falls is only accessible by water.
Burgess Falls is a state park you can visit and get to by water.
And no, we ain’t talking some small waterfall in somebody’s backyard. We’re talking about BIG waterfalls. We’re talking 136′ tall waterfall at Burgess. And Fanchers….well that’s an 80′ waterfall. Kayak, jet ski, boat…you just gotta get there.
BUT accessibility is subject to water level. The water level fluctuates depending on when they’re generating at the dam and rainfall. Also, the way to Burgess can get a little tight and crowded during summer so please be mindful of others. Do not speed and cause wake. Why are you in a rush anyway? Enjoy the ride! 😌
It’s a great fishing spot.
Drop that boat in and spend a day killing time. If you have a kayak or plan to rent one, drop it in too! Fish the shoreline and take in some amazing views of the lake. This lake is full of crappie, Walleye, trout, catfish, various species of bass and others. When you’ve caught enough, fry em up and kick back! (Frog legs too!)
You can rent a boat and jet ski.
Don’t have a boat? No way to explore the lake? Man, that’s too bad. Just kidding! It’s all good. You can rent a boat, pontoon or jet ski from the marinas and local vendors! Edgar Evins State Park also offers pontoon cruises if you’d rather sit back and just learn about the lake.
You can swim anywhere, and there are two designated areas.
Ragland Bottom and Floating Mill are the only two designated swimming areas at the lake.
Ragland Bottom is near Sligo Marina and Floating Mill is near Hurricane Marina for reference.
You are free to swim anywhere along the shoreline though. The bordering state parks are great places to set up shop for the day.