Edgar Evins State Park Hike

Nashville, Tennessee

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This is one of Middle Tennessee’s more challenging trails. Laid out by the Tennessee Trails Association, it offers a rugged hike on land managed by Tennessee State Parks and the Army Corps of Engineers. Set on the peninsula of Center Hill Lake, the hike, encompassing the Jack Clayborn Millennium Trail and the Merritt Ridge Trail, traverses formerly settled land, rocky ridges, lakeside bluffs, and lush wooded hollows.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Nashville - 4th Edition

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Nashville - 4th Edition

by Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)

This is one of Middle Tennessee’s more challenging trails. Laid out by the Tennessee Trails Association, it offers a rugged hike on land managed by Tennessee State Parks and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Set on the peninsula of Center Hill Lake, the hike, encompassing the Jack Clayborn Millennium Trail and the Merritt Ridge Trail, traverses formerly settled land, rocky ridges, lakeside bluffs, and lush wooded hollows.

© 2016 Johnny Molloy/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Nashville
Distance: 7.9
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: 931-858-2115; tnstateparks.com/parks/about/edgar-evins
Local Maps: USGS Center Hill Dam; at tnstateparks.com/parks/about/edgar-evins and at visitor center
Driving Directions: Directions to Edgar Evins State Park Hike

Recent Trail Reviews

7/5/2017
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The Jack Clayborn Millennium Trail and the Merritt Ridge Trail are connected and both part of an eight mile trail in Edgar Evins State Park on Center Hill Lake. I've hiked this trail twice, once in winter 2016 and more recently in June '17. about nine inches of snow covered the trail on the winter hike and it was absolutely gorgeous with clear unobstructed views of the lake. The summer hike was like a different trail with full foliage and abundant wildlife. We didn't see another soul on either hike and had the trail to ourselves both times. The back loop was somewhat overgrown this summer so if you're looking for a nicely groomed trail I wouldn't recommend doing the back loop. I'd recommend good insect repellent if you hike the back loop in summer. Hiking the full eight miles is about a 3.5 hour trip at a moderate pace. I wouldn't rate the trail as difficult but be prepared to ascend numerous ridges throughout the trail...especially on the connector trail and back loop. Overall a very beautiful, little trafficked trail that allows solitude in nature.



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