Center Hill Lake, McMinnville, and Smithville Area Campgrounds

Smithville, Tennessee

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Center Hill Lake is the largest of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes in Tennessee, covering 18,200 acres. It’s also one of the most popular recreation destinations in Middle Tennessee—with good reason. Hiking, fishing, swimming, boating, and many other water sports are enjoyed on Center Hill’s beautiful water. Not far south of Center Hill Lake is the town of McMinnville, with Rock Island and Fall Creek Falls State Parks both nearby. McMinnville, the largest town in this area of Tennessee, is known as “The Nursery Capital of the World.” The local chamber of commerce lists forty-two plant nurseries as members, and I know there must be many more. In 1992 Vacation Magazine rated the jamboree the fourth best event in the United States to attend on a summer vacation. Each year, visitors from all fifty states and several foreign countries spend their vacations at the festival. The campgrounds in this eTrail include: Edgar Evans State Park, Long Branch, Holmes Creek, Floating Mills, Ragland Bottom, Rock Island State Park, and Fall Creek Falls State Park.

Center Hill Lake, McMinnville, and Smithville Area Campgrounds Professional Review and Guide

"Center Hill Lake is the largest of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes in Tennessee, covering 18,200 acres. It’s also one of the most popular recreation destinations in Middle Tennessee—with good reason. Hiking, fishing, swimming, boating, and many other water sports are enjoyed on Center Hill’s beautiful water. Not far south of Center Hill Lake is the town of McMinnville, with Rock Island and Fall Creek Falls State Parks both nearby.

McMinnville, the largest town in this area of Tennessee, is known as “The Nursery Capital of the World.” The local chamber of commerce lists forty-two plant nurseries as members, and I know there must be many more. In 1992 Vacation Magazine rated the jamboree the fourth best event in the United States to attend on a summer vacation. Each year, visitors from all fifty states and several foreign countries spend their vacations at the festival. The campgrounds in this eTrail include: Edgar Evans State Park, Long Branch, Holmes Creek, Floating Mills, Ragland Bottom, Rock Island State Park, and Fall Creek Falls State Park."

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Smithville
Additional Use: Swimming, Fishing, Hiking
Local Contacts: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Driving Directions: Directions to Center Hill Lake, McMinnville, and Smithville Area Campgrounds

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