Center Hills Lake Guide

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Welcome to the most complete information available on DeKalb County, Tennessee and its many assets: Smithville, Alexandria, Liberty, Dowelltown, Center Hill Lake and much more! DeKalb County, Tennessee is located in central middle Tennessee on the Highland Rim, a beautiful part of rural Tennessee made up of lush green forests and hills, crystal clear streams and a beautiful pristine lake. DeKalb County is the home of Center Hill Lake, a 64 mile long reservoir with 415 miles of largely undeveloped shoreline and 18,200 acres of deep, pure water – the ideal habitat for many species of fish. The lake offers a wide variety of sporting opportunities including boating, fishing, water-skiing, camping, picnicking, hiking and swimming. Additional attractions located on the lake are Edgar Evins State Park and Center Hill Dam. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the dam on the Caney Fork River in 1949, and the Corps still owns and maintains the entire area.


In addition, there is an abundant supply of wildlife that not only adds to the natural beauty of DeKalb County, but is also favored by sportsmen during the many diverse hunting seasons available.


Smithville, Tennessee, the county seat of DeKalb County, Tennessee, is world renowned for its annual Fiddlers' Jamboree and Craft Festival, held on the first weekend in July. The Fiddlers' Jamboree is a two-day festival of pure Appalachian crafts, music and dance, and contestants from all over the United States come to participate in the fun. The small town of 4,000 swells to nearly 80,000 over the two days, and an atmosphere of fellowship and fun surrounds the festivities.


Smithville and its neighboring towns of Alexandria, Liberty and Dowelltown, offer the best of both worlds for those looking for a business opportunity and/or a safe and friendly place to live. Not only is there choice land available for industrial development and a trainable workforce, DeKalb County is also a beautiful place to live upon retirement. One of the chief agricultural products produced in DeKalb County is the nursery stock used for landscaping. In fact, DeKalb County is widely known as The Nursery Capital of the World!


If it is health care services you need, our community offers quality, accredited assisted living and nursing homes as well as a first rate hospital. DeKalb Community Hospital was recently recognized by H.C.I.A. as one of the top 100 hospitals in America!


So browse around our website and take a look at all the amenities we have to offer. We'd love for you to come for a visit and experience first hand why our community makes an ideal destination spot for your entire family!