Edgar Evins marina and restaurant is located within the state park but is privately owned and operated. The marina operates year-round with boat rentals, slip rentals, gas sales, gift shop, boat repair, fishing supplies and information.
There are approximately 11 miles of trails at Edgar Evins from moderate to strenuous. Of the five trails the longest and most challenging is the 5.5 mile Merritt Ridge Trail which rises upon the ridges from an intersection along the 2.5 mile Jack Clayborn Millennium Trail Loop. By combining the two trails a hiker can enjoy approximately 8 miles of diverse terrain. Both the Millennium Trail and the Merritt Ridge Trail share the same trail head. Registration is required at this trail head. Other trails vary in length and do not require registration. The Highland Rim Nature Trail, located at the Visitor Center, is especially noted for an abundance of spring wildflowers.
Cemetery Trail — 0.1 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Evins Ridge Trail — 0.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Campground/Marina Trail — 1.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy-Moderate
Highland Rim Loop Trail — 2.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate-Difficult, Water by Trail
Millennium Loop Trail — 2.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate, Water by Trail
Merritt Ridge Loop Trail — 5.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate-Difficult, Water by Trail
Center Hill Lake is an 18,000 acre reservoir of the Caney Fork River with rocky shorelines supporting three species of bass as well as crappie, Walleye, catfish and trout. Bass fishing is best in spring and fall; although, many bass anglers fish at night in the summer. Several professional fishing tournaments are held annually on the lake. Immediately below the dam and just minutes from the park are the coldwater tailwaters of the Caney Fork River. Fishing the Caney Fork during non-generation periods is very productive for Rainbow, Brook and Brown Trout.
Wildlife is abundant at nearly any time of the year. Visitors may find at least three species of owl, bald eagles, as well as many forest songbird species including wood thrush and eastern wood-pewee. The cerulean warbler, a summer resident of the park’s mixed hardwood forests is uncommon across most of Tennessee but is a common breeder at this park. The best opportunity for viewing this canopy top species is from the observation tower at the visitor’s center. Birding can result in sightings of numerous songbirds, including scarlet and summer tanagers. On the peninsula below the cabins, transient waterfowl may be spotted as well as bald eagles and osprey.
Birding at Edgar Evins and Nearby Locations