Presently known for Center Hill Lake, one of the largest inland lakes in Tennessee.

Welcome to Smithville

The epitome of lakeside living with fishing, watersports, and swimming.
DeKalb County is the perfect place to live, play, and work. From charming hometown events to spending a leisurely afternoon on Center Hill Lake, there is something for everyone in Smithville. It is also an area with a rich history dating back to the 1800s.
Smithville is presently known for Center Hill Lake, one of the largest inland lakes in Tennessee. Countless travelers learn about Smithville when they visit the town to see the lake. Whether settling down, retiring, or simply looking for a new home, Smithville has everything you need.

What to Love

  • Peaceful lake town
  • High walkability
  • Proximity to Center Hill Lake 
  • Exciting fairs and festivals 
  • Exclusive yacht clubs

Local Lifestyle

Residents in Smithville are very close to Center Hill Lake, which provides countless opportunities for residents to partake in the abundant watersports or paint in their studios with a lakefront view. People in Smithville are fans of a small-town lifestyle and like knowing their neighbors and recognizing people in town. The Fiddler's Jamboree and lake give Smithville residents plenty of unique ways to gather together and have fun as a community.

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping 

Smithville has many locally-owned and family-run businesses downtown or near Center Hill Lake. One of Smithville’s most beloved shops is The Market on Main, with antique bookshelves, furnishing, trinkets, kitchenware, and many more home goods. Button Willow General Store and Coffee Shop also has local goods for the home and is a great place to grab a cup of coffee while browsing. 
Harmony Lane Farm and Creamery has gourmet meat, cheese, and other dairy products and allows patrons to spend time cuddling with the cute farm animals. Twisted Oaks is a local favorite just north of town and has warm, wooden furniture and a covered patio where patrons can enjoy their meals. 
Across the street, The Burlap Room Beer Garden and Live Music is a large, open center that hosts various music groups with plenty of space to dance. For more music, the Smithville Jamboree has been held for over 50 years and attracts fiddlers and a crowd each year. 

Things to Do 

Center Hill Lake is the town’s focal point and its greatest attraction. People can join yacht clubs for boating, sailing, networking, and making the best of the winding, gorgeous waters. The Center Hill Marina & Yacht Club is next to the state park and near the breathtaking dam. The Nautical Boat Club Center Hill/Cookeville lets locals rent boats and experience luxury outings on the water. 
The Leeric Lodge and Resort Center on Center Hill Lake is a popular place to shoot photography for weddings, senior pictures, and the natural scenery. Long Branch Recreation Area is where visitors can use the grills, the camp, and the fish wash to clean their catch from the lake.
Appalachian Center for Craft is on the north shore and is a place where local artists can rent studio space, display items in the gallery, and take in the view from Center Hill Lake for inspiration. 
The RiverWatch Golf Club has a great course near the water's edge and is a wonderful spot for people to play with a view. Nature lovers and people who enjoy the great outdoors can find several places to camp near the water, including Rock Island State Park. In Smithville proper, Greenville Park is downtown and a great place to take the family.



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Overview for Smithville, TN

4,949 people live in Smithville, where the median age is 42.2 and the average individual income is $17,872. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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42.2 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Smithville, TN

Smithville has 2,001 households, with an average household size of 2.37. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Smithville do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 4,949 people call Smithville home. The population density is 845.43 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Smithville, TN

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The following schools are within or nearby Smithville. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Smithville Elementary
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De Kalb County Adult High School
7th - 12th
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De Kalb County High School
9th - 12th
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