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TENNESSEE WILDLIFE VIEWING TRAIL » Middle Tennessee
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Edgar Evins State Park and WMA

Site Directions: The park is located in DeKalb County, 20 miles north of Smithville, 20 miles west of Cookeville and 60 miles east of Nashville. It is easily accessible from I-40 at exit 268 at State Hwy. 96 and Center Hill Lake.
Lat: 36.08763°N Long: -85.81287°W
Hours: 6am-10:30pm
Seasonality: year round
Fees: none, fees only for cabins and camping

Site Description: The largely forested 6,000 acre Edgar Evins State Park is located on the shores of Center Hill Lake in the steep, hilly Eastern Highland Rim. The park has ample recreational opportunities including fishing, boating, hiking, camping, and wildlife watching around every corner. An observation tower at the Visitor Center offers a spectacular view of Center Hill Lake and the surrounding hillsides.

Wildlife to Watch: Wildlife is abundant at nearly any time of the year. Visitors may find at least 3 species of owl, bald eagles, as well as many forest songbird species including Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrush, Eastern Wood-pewee, Kentucky Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, and Cerulean Warbler. The Cerulean Warbler, a summer resident of the park's mixed hardwood forests, which include stands of Tulip Poplar, Oak, Hickory, Buckeye and Wild Cherry, 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. Bobcat may be seen by lucky visitors.

NOTE: Please refer to TWRA Hunting Guide about hunting seasons and public access dates. Access dates vary by site.


For more information:

State Park web page


Submit your data to eBird and help us build a list of birds seen at this site


Be sure to check out our Safety Tips page for important information regarding viewing wildlife in these areas.