Edgar Evins State Park Hike

Nashville, Tennessee 37211

Edgar Evins State Park Hike

Edgar Evins State Park Hike Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Edgar Evins State Park Hike Reviews

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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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Trail Information

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Skill Level
4 hours
Local Contacts
USGS Center Hill Dam; at tnstateparks.com/parks/about/edgar-evins and at visitor center
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Jul 2018