Tennessee never ceases to amaze me with her beauty. Our visit to Edgar Evins State Park yesterday was a memorable and very enjoyable experience. David has gone fishing out there a few times, but it was my first visit to this park. This monument at the visitor’s center reads:
Edgar Evins State Park
Dedicated – August 2, 1975 by Governor Ray Blanton and Honorable B.R. Allison, Commissioner of Conservation, State of Tennessee
This rustic state park consisting of approximately 6,000 acres was built jointly by the U.S. Corps of Engineers and the State Department of Conservation, named in memory of Edgar Evins, farmer, teacher, merchant, banker, businessman, conservationist, civic and political leader of Smithville and Dekalb County, Tennessee.
Here beauty and nature merge for enjoyment to renew and refresh the spirit
We’re generally late afternoon hikers; so by the time we got to the visitor center, the observation tower was already closed. Bummer. I would have loved to have seen the view from up there. We drove out to one of the boat docks, first, to walk along the shoreline of Center Hill Lake. David pointed out little coves and peaks, telling me his fishing stories.
On the way back to the hiking trails, we stopped by Dunham Cemetery which is just a short hike up a hill off the main road. Most of the tombstones were either gone or broken and badly eroded. A marker placed by Tennessee State Parks reads:
This serene hillside, overlooking the Laurel Hill area directly to the East where he lived and farmed, was chosen as the final resting place for
ALEXANDER K. DUNHAM
1826 – 1878
Two of his ten children, whose names and ages are now known only to their Maker, died in 1890 and also rest here.
According to Tennessee State Parks’ website, “There are approximately 11 miles of trails at Edgar Evins from moderate to strenuous.” We hiked the Highland Rim Nature Trail, located at the Visitor Center. This 2 mile loop was a bit of a challenge because as I mentioned yesterday, it was overgrown in some areas and fallen trees crossed the path in others. In the photo below, David was inspecting this tree to see if we could make it through. It couldn’t have been down for very long because most of the leaves were still green. More or less, it was like climbing through a brush pile to get to the other side; but we managed and kept going.
At one point we saw a small creek to our left; but when the path crossed the creek bed in the above photo, there was no water. Eventually this trail made its way down to the lake where another short path opened up a bit for a beautiful view of the lake and Center Hill Dam.
The trek back up the hill was a lot clearer than the first half of the trail. There were so many ferns on the first half that David joked saying, “Watch out for Velociraptors!” It really did remind me of Jurassic Park in some areas. And there were so many mushrooms!
There was a crispness in the air yesterday that served as a reminder that autumn is just around the corner. I look forward to seeing the fall colors. With so many gorgeous parks to choose from in Tennessee, why not pack a picnic lunch and spend a day exploring with your family?
Edgar Evans State Park is located at: 1630 Edgar Evins State Park Road, Silver Point , TN 38582. For more information visit: Tennessee State Parks: Edgar Evins State Park or call 931-858-2446. Toll Free: 1-800-250-8619. Click on any of the images to view larger. View this set on Flickr by visiting: Edgar Evins State Park
Update August 15, 2012: I wanted to come back to this one and make a recommendation for anyone who hikes out at Edgar Evins State Park. Wear insect repellant! Apparently, the ticks are pretty bad out there because we brought a few hitchhikers back home with us.