Nestled in the heart of the Tennessee woodlands, Evins Mill beckons with a promise of more than just fine dining and creek-side accommodations. As an official Tennessee State Natural Area, this enchanting resort offers diverse extracurricular activities and rental spaces that elevate it from a mere destination to a haven of luxury and adventure.
Experiencing Nature's Grandeur: Outdoor Adventure
Hiking Trails and Carmac Falls
Embark on a journey along moderate to challenging hiking trails that weave through bluffs, offering breathtaking overlooks and culminating at the base of the majestic Carmac Falls. The sound of cascading water, the lush greenery, and the invigorating scent of nature create an immersive experience available exclusively to resort guests.
Swimming Beneath Carmac Falls
Below the 90-foot Carmac Falls lies a natural swimming hole—a serene oasis where guests can refresh themselves beneath the cascading water. It's a secluded spot surrounded by the beauty of the woodlands, inviting guests to indulge in the cool embrace of nature.
Fishing at Evins Mill Pond
For those seeking a tranquil angling experience, Evins Mill Pond is stocked with bass, bluegill, and brim. Cast your line, unwind by the water's edge, and enjoy the solitude that comes with a day of fishing in this idyllic setting.
Relaxation and Lawn Games
The resort's expansive grounds offer a multitude of ways to unwind. From hammocks swaying in the gentle breeze to rocking chairs and swings strategically placed for relaxation, guests can find their perfect spot. Engage in friendly competitions with lawn games like horseshoes, cornhole, ladder golf, bocce ball, volleyball, and badminton. It's an outdoor haven where the joy of camaraderie mingles with the beauty of nature.
Bonfires Under the Stars
As the night descends, guests have the opportunity to request a bonfire (by group request only, pending receipt of a burn permit). Gather around the flickering flames, share stories, and immerse yourself in the warmth of fellowship under the starlit canopy.
Indoor Pursuits: Games, Books, and Entertainment
Billiards, Ping Pong, and More
Indoor enthusiasts can partake in various games, including billiards, ping pong, foosball, and darts. The grand piano adds a touch of musical elegance, creating an atmosphere where guests can enjoy both lively activities and moments of serene contemplation.
Board Games, Cards, and Puzzles
For a more relaxed indoor experience, explore the variety of board games, card games, and puzzles available. Whether it's a strategic game of chess or a cozy evening with a jigsaw puzzle, the options cater to a range of preferences.
Escape into the pages of an eclectic collection of books in the resort's library. It's a retreat within a retreat, where guests can lose themselves in literature while surrounded by the comfort of plush furnishings and the quiet ambiance of the wood-burning fireplace.
Common Areas: Where Memories Are Made
Covered Decks, Living Rooms, and Game Hall
The Main Lodge, Gristmill, and Solstice are more than just lodgings—they are common areas where guests can mingle, relax, and create lasting memories. Covered decks with panoramic views, living rooms adorned with wood-burning fireplaces, and an expansive game hall provide spaces for communal joy and connection.
Private Meeting & Event Spaces: Exclusive Celebrations
Taylor Hall, Manning Overlook, Davidson & Knox Rooms
For those seeking more intimate and private spaces, Evins Mill offers a range of options. Taylor Hall and Manning Overlook at the Main Lodge, along with the Davidson and Knox rooms in the Gristmill, provide exclusive settings for meetings, receptions, reunions, and banquets. These spaces can be rented exclusively for special occasions, adding an extra layer of sophistication to celebrations.
Outdoor Fun & Fellowship:Hikes, Bonfires, and Lawn Games
Beyond the confines of interior spaces, guests can venture into outdoor areas that promise fun and fellowship amidst stunning natural beauty. From hikes leading to Carmac Falls to bonfires at the North Campus, and from lawn games to special events at the South Campus, every corner of the property becomes a canvas for joy and connection.
Exploring Nearby Attractions: Distilleries, Breweries, Vineyards, Farms, and More
Evins Mill serves as a springboard to a host of events and attractions, including distilleries, breweries, vineyards, farms, locally-owned shops, boutiques, and art galleries. The resort seamlessly integrates these local treasures into its offerings, sourcing many products from nearby establishments. Guests can embark on tours, tastings, and patronage of these unique venues.
Calfkiller Brewery's Unparalleled Brews
Owned and operated by brothers Don and David Sergio, Calfkiller Brewery is a local gem that brews beers with "unparalleled drinkability" and "uncompromising complexity." Evins Mill proudly serves Calfkiller's creations, allowing guests to savor the unique flavors born from this craft brewery.
Short Mountain Distillery's Authentic Moonshine
In Cannon County, Short Mountain Distillery, owned and operated by Billy Kaufman, stands as Tennessee's sixth distillery. It produces authentic small-batch Tennessee moonshine, bourbon, and other fine products. Evins Mill, a supporter of local craftsmanship, features Short Mountain Distillery's products on its menu and at its bar.
Northfield Winery and Stonehaus Winery: A Toast to Local Wines
Mark Ray's Muscadine Wines at Northfield Winery
Located in White County, Northfield Winery, owned and operated by Mark Ray, offers a variety of wines, including the dryer sparkling Seval Blanc and the sweeter Muscadine. Guests can indulge in tastings and enjoy the unique flavors of locally produced wines.
Stonehaus Winery's Variety and Gourmet Foods
In Cumberland County, Stonehaus Winery, owned and operated by Rob Ramsey, boasts a range of wines, from dryer varieties to the sweet Muscadine, often hailed as "God's gift to the sunny south." The winery also features homemade fudge and gourmet foods, creating a delightful destination for wine enthusiasts.
Harmony Lane Farm & Creamery: A Dairy Haven
Within Dekalb County, Harmony Lane Farm & Creamery, owned by Julie and Mark David, operates as a Grade A Dairy. This haven for goat milk enthusiasts offers fresh products such as milk, cheese, fudge, and soap. Evins Mill proudly sources chevre from Harmony Lane and stocks its "gift shop" with a selection of their finest products.
Guests can immerse themselves in the dairy experience by registering for a farm tour by reservation only. These tours, led by Harmony Lane, provide insights into the dairy processes and allow guests to witness the craftsmanship behind some of the finest goat milk products.
Historic Town Square, Unique Boutiques, and art
Quaint Shops and Boutiques in Smithville
Just a stone's throw away from Evins Mill lies Smithville's historic town square. Quaint shops and boutiques like Button Willow General Store & Coffee Shop, The Male Room "Bro-tique," Legacy Haus, The Purple Door Antiques, Cheryl's Beau Bees, and The Vintage Owl offer an eclectic blend of local crafts and clothing. It's an ideal excursion for those seeking unique souvenirs or a leisurely afternoon of exploration.
Exploring Art at the Appalachian Center for Crafts
Ten minutes from Evins Mill, the Joe L. Evins Appalachian Center for Crafts stands as a nationally renowned facility dedicated to expanding the influence of craft on contemporary art while preserving craft traditions. The center features an art gallery and gift store showcasing works in fiber, wood, metal, and glass.
Chasing Waterfalls and Caving Adventures: Natural Wonders Await
Burgess Falls State Park
In White County, Burgess Falls State Park unveils a series of four waterfalls, collectively cascading over 250 feet. Long and moderate to strenuous hiking trails provide breathtaking views of these natural wonders, inviting guests to explore the beauty of the outdoors.
Rock Island State Park
Located in Warren County, Rock Island State Park showcases the Great Falls of the Caney Fork River and its limestone gorge. Scenic overlooks, waterfalls, and deep pools create an awe-inspiring backdrop for those seeking a connection with nature.
Fall Creek Falls State Park
Spanning Bledsoe and Van Buren Counties, Fall Creek Falls State Park is a haven for waterfalls, cascades, streams, and timberland. The park's crown jewel, Fall Creek Falls, is the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains, offering a spectacular natural display.
Cumberland Caverns: Tennessee's Largest Cave
For enthusiasts of subterranean wonders, Cumberland Caverns in Warren County stands as Tennessee's largest cave and a U.S. National Landmark. Thirty-two miles of caves and passageways, featuring some of the largest cave rooms and formations in Eastern America, await exploration.
Fly Fishing and Boating: Waterside Adventures
Caney Fork River's Premier Fly Fishing featuring some of the largest cave rooms and formations in Eastern America
Minutes from Evins Mill, the Caney Fork River beckons as one of Middle Tennessee's premier fly fishing destinations. Certified Fly Fishing Guide Andy Mahurin, in partnership with Medley Fishing School, offers guided fishing trips and casting lessons on-site.
Center Hill Lake's Recreational Bliss
Even closer to the resort, Center Hill Lake stands as one of the state's foremost recreational lakes. Multiple marinas and recreation areas surround the lake, providing opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, and water skiing.
Accessing the Lakes and Recreation
Several marinas—Sligo Marina, Center Hill Marina, Hidden Harbor Marina, Pates Ford Marina, and Hurricane Marina—offer gateways to the scenic lakes, providing opportunities for boating, fishing, and lakeside enjoyment.
Recreation Areas to Explore
Explore the nearby recreation areas, including Floating Mill, Hurricane Bridge, Johnson's Chapel, Ragland Bottom, and more. Each area offers a unique perspective on the natural beauty surrounding Evins Mill.
A Symphony of Local Flavor: Local Color Beyond the Resort
Evins Mill serves as a conduit to the vibrant local color of Tennessee. From the craftsmanship of artisans in Smithville's historic town square to the nationally renowned Appalachian Center for Crafts, the local scene is a tapestry of unique experiences.
As you explore these attractions, remember that Evins Mill not only welcomes you to indulge in these extracurriculars but also proudly showcases locally sourced products in its offerings. From cheeses and spirits to wines and crafts, each element is a testament to the rich tapestry of Tennessee's cultural and natural heritage.
To embark on your Evins Mill extracurricular escapade and discover the luxury of fine dining intertwined with the adventure of the outdoors, visit our website
or call us at 615.269.3740. Book your stay and immerse yourself in a symphony of luxury and adventure, where every moment becomes a cherished memory.
Evins Mill— a haven where nature's beauty meets the pinnacle of hospitality.