There's a lot to do and see at Edgar Evins State Park! Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of our shaded picnic areas, come for a visit during one of our annual events, hike some of the parks approximately 11 miles of trails, fish beautiful Center Hill Lake or go for a swim. Interpretative programs for all ages are scheduled during the summer months. Subjects range from local history to flora and fauna. Special programs are also provided upon request.

Great narrow trail! It's actually 2.0 miles with the first mile going down the ridge and the second mile going more up hill. It was definitely beautiful and worth it! Was pretty easy for our border collie.

The beginning of the trail is well marked and kept, but I decided to take the Merrit Ridge Trail to be near the lake; first part of trail was kept up, but after about a mile in the trail was overgrown.

Very well marked trails. Lots of spider webs lol. Some great places to sit and think along the trail. Very quiet and peaceful. Enjoyed the trail very much.

Good work out, not for beginners. Went in the fall and it was fine. Went back in the summer and holy crap, I can still feel the spiders crawling on me. We aren't talking about a few strings here and there we are talking about full sized webs that rap around your entire face. Gnarly trail in the summer, wait till fall then have fun.

Okay, so I read the reviews about the spider webs and normally no creature or insect bothers me but I walked through about 20 in the first 1/2 mile, then I got a walking stick to knock them down but just looked like a schizophrenic Harry Potter fan trying to cast a spell. I turned around. Go during winter. Unless you enjoy being covered in spider webs then go today.

Not a bad hike. The trail was a little overgrown and some areas could use more blazes but overall its not a bad trail. There are lots of hills but it isn't bad. It is closer to 9 miles when said and done. You must be comfortable with spider webs though because they are everywhere.

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4 months ago

Not ‘easy’- probably more of a ‘moderate’ trail because of the constant steep finish. Needs to be cut back a little. Shade the entire way is nice. Trailhead says 2 miles but I did it in ½ hour so definitely shorter.

Great trail! Abundance of wildlife. I saw deer, turkey and some incredible birds. I would definitely consider this a moderate trail due to the elevation changes.

Nice short trail. Well maintained. Some old growth trees and nice birds.

They're not kidding when they rated it hard. I have to agree but it is a beautiful trail winding through the woods, up and down the

Simple pretty trail, good trail to clear your mind with

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked this trail in springtime with husband, 6.5 yo kid, and spry 11.5 yo dog in tow. Some steepish, craggy sections, muddy bits, only light views of the lake at the beginning and end, and everything expected of the outdoors. Overall a nice little hike for us to enjoy as a family. Beautiful woods with a babbling brook trailside and a point of interest with the remains of the Lon Christian homeplace. Well marked trail with seemingly new trail blazes/markets.

We are beginners, so take this with a grain of salt: A section of the trail (where you loop back) is through a hunting area. We debated turning back, but after assessing where we were on the map, took a calculated risk and finished the loop. Still alive today to report back that it was a non-issue in the end. ;)

Happy that we tried this one and will plan to do the full Millennium Trail/Merritt Ridge portion another time!

I’d definitely rate this as hard if you do the full loop, though it’s also pretty balanced. Went during the late winter and it was a good hike. Not much reward at the end, but instead the majority of the hike as great views, and lots of wildlife! I saw two snakes!
I’d definitely make sure you’re in shape and/or well hydrated before doing this trail, as the incline can get pretty intense at times.

Wouldn’t recommend in the summer unless you’re just really hardcore.

Excellent trail in winter months but very muddy in areas. Beautiful views of the lake for much of the trail. You can hike down to the water in places though the trail does not lead to the water. multiple climbs. can be strenuous at times..just take a break. very beautiful and worth it. great park. friendly staff .

Good trail! I went in the winter months so there wasn’t much vegetation. It has been raining a lot so the trail was very muddy but doable. There were some fallen trees on the trail which I thought added to the experience and were several places with good views, especially when you do the Merritt Ridge trail (you basically scale a mountain.) I did this with my pup and we were able to do it in about 3 hours but we ran probably a mile of it so wouldn’t go in the afternoon, just in case you need some breaks. There’s a hunting area on the trail but I didn’t see anyone out there. Actually quite peaceful and it looked like it had been several days since the last person hiked it.

Good trail with nice views!

Finally got back around to this place. Last time, it was spider city. Coming back in winter was a good call.

The first mile or so of the Millennium Loop will leave you thinking this trail was rated wrong. Then you get to Merritt Ridge.

I won't say this is the most brutal trail I've been on, but I will say that there were times when I had to stop and catch my breath. It was freezing, and the views were all the better for the lack of leaves. Worth the long drive for me. One less hard rated trail on my list.

hiking
10 months ago

One of my favorites, although you may encounter a lot of spiders

Very pretty trail with some lake views in brief sections. We hiked this trail in early September and it was poorly maintained on the loop. At times we lost the trail or had to climb through thick brush and over fallen logs that hadn't been cleared. Also, spider phobics beware- we carried sticks in front of our face during the loop section after getting hit in the face with countless spiderwebs. Overall an adventurous hike but maybe better during the spring and summer months when there is more activity and trail maintenance.

hiking
Thursday, September 07, 2017

Good trail , Short but good elevation gains but not too much that it is difficult. Wished it was longer.

Tough 8 miles with some good coaster-age. 4 stars for lack of real views.

Went in August. Spiderwebs everywhere. Only made it .7 in before I decided against purchasing the whole silk shirt. Getting 3 star for being average for TN from what I was able to see before I backed out. Will re-visit review in winter, and reassess.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Very neat trail, runs along the creek and the lake. However it is not .6 miles or easy. It is 2 miles and is rated moderate to difficult by the park. It was very technical with lots of steep climbs, and even crossing a creek. It is very pretty, just not what we expected.

Great run; highly recommended. Veritable roller coaster. Definitely "lightly trafficked" with somewhat overgrown trails in parts, but they lead to amazing ridgetop lines and lake overlooks.

An excellent all-around hike. Great terrain variety, almost everything you can imagine on one hike except waterfalls. (The midpoint of the Merritt Ridge loop drops you to a surprisingly remote spot on the lake.)

can get strenuous going up two large hills besides that pretty nice

2nd most difficult trail ive done besides Bear Waller Gap. lots of hills. 8.3 mi total. again lots of hills. found a total of 6 ticks on me. Doesn't go to water!! Waves to rocky on the hill near the end. the lake next to it is gorgeous though!!!! perfect for dogs and swimming. just needs to go to water for more stars. or be by it. not just. a small creek or a cliff BY the lake.

4/15/17 Walked Millennium loop trail: 2.5 mile loop. Pleasant walk, enough uphill to get a good workout. Loops around a long hollow with two old home sites. ( just fireplace ruins and steps left) Numerous wildflowers. Trail in great condition. Good walk if you only have an hour or so and need a workout.

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