Center Hill Dam - Center Hill Dam is located 65 miles East of Nashville,
TN, and just a few miles South of I-40 exit #268. From I-40 exit #268 turn South
and go 3.7 miles to the stop sign at Big Rock Market, turn right at the stop
sign and go .3 of a mile to and watch for the 'Resource Managers Office' sign
and turn right. A short .2 mile drive will take you to the parking lot, or if
you intend to canoe or launch a boat, drive another .1 mile beyond the parking
lot to river.
To get to the West side of the dam (Long Branch recreation area) again
turn right at the stop sign near big Rock market and continue to drive
until you cross the dam, you can't miss it. After crossing the dam turn
right at the first road, Hwy 141. From here you can see the parking
area near the power station at the base of the dam.
There is a campground located at the base of the dam on the West side of the
river, campground reservations may be made by calling
5.2 - Happy Hollow Access Area provides a gravel parking, easy access
to the river and a gravel ramp for either launching a boat during generation
or easy access for canoes to put in or take out. Happy Hollow access area
is located on the Putnam county Deklab county line just 1.3 miles south of I-40 exit
#268 and is visible on the West side of the road, there is small brown Happy
Hollow Access sign at the parking area. When generation starts at the Center
Hill dam the rising water takes approximately one hour to reach Happy Hollow.
5.5 - Rest Area at I-40 *This is a good fishing area to park at and walk to,
but for canoe access use Happy Hollow Access Area. It's only .25 mile
up stream, and you can drive right to your boat. If you use the rest
area you have to carry your things .1 of a mile and cross an exit
ramp. For walk in fishing the area provides extremely easy access,
lots of paved parking and access to a mile or more of the river. To
get there simply exit I-40 at the rest area just west of exit #268.
The rest area has 2 parking lots, the lower lot (where the East bound
traffic enters first) is the best place to park for easy access.