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Finding Us – Directions to Cruise Center Hill

On your way

  • If you need parking or unloading assistance, please give us a call when you are about 10 minutes away so we can help you. The marina has a golf cart to help shuttle anyone that might have a difficulty walking to the houseboat.
  • Cruise Center Hill cell number - 615-948-7443. Cell reception can marginal in the mountainous areas around the lake.
  • Hurricane Resort Marina phone number - 931-858-2221. This is a landline. The dock will relay a message to us via VHF radio.

When you get to Hurricane Resort Marina

  • As you enter the marina at the bottom of the hill, bear to the left and stay on the road that goes nearest the lake and by the launching ramp. Follow it for approximately 500 yards to the guest parking areas along the road and overlooking the lake at the top of the hill.
  • Head down the hill toward the houseboat dock using the concrete steps or walkway.
  • Cross over the water on the large steel ramp that leads to the dock. Look for signs to "J Dock".
  • Do not take the second walkway further back in the cove adjacent to the boat-launching ramp.
  • Once on the main dock, take a right and head towards the restaurant with the blue roof.
    Our houseboat is the very first one you will see along the walkway to your left. It will have a Cruise Center Hill sign on her and has navy, grey and teal stripes along the side.
  • Approximate walking time: 1 minute

Directions from

From Nashville
Approximate drive time: 50 minutes (from Nashville International Airport

  • Take I-40 East for 55 miles
  • Take exit #273, the Hwy 56 South exit towards Smithville/McMinnville.
  • Turn right on TN-56 South towards Smithville/McMinnville for exactly 3.4 miles.
  • Take a right at Floating Mill Rd. and go 1.1 miles to marina. (Follow the Hurricane Marina signs. If you cross a bridge spanning the lake, you’ve gone too far)

From Knoxville
Approximate drive time: 2:00 hours

  • Take I-40 West for 114 miles
  • Take exit #273, the Hwy 56 South exit to Smithville/McMinnville.
  • Keep left onto TN-56 South towards Smithville/McMinnville for exactly 3.4 miles.
  • Take a right at Floating Mill Rd. and go 1.1 miles to marina. (Follow the Hurricane Marina signs. If you cross a bridge spanning the lake, you’ve gone too far)

From Chattanooga
Approximate drive time: 2:30 hours

  • From I-24, take exit 178 (to downtown Chattanooga) onto Hwy. 27 North and follow 23 miles past Red Bank and Soddy Daisy.
  • At the fork in the highway, turn onto Hwy 111 North towards Dunlap and follow 60 miles to Sparta.
  • In Sparta, take the exit for Hwy. 70 (to Sparta/Smithville), turn left off the ramp and follow Hwy 70 West 20 miles to Smithville.
  • In Smithville, take a right at the first stoplight onto TN-56/Cookville Hwy and go 9.5 miles. (You will go over a large bridge and pass a scenic overlook area)
  • Just passed the scenic overlook area, take a left onto Floating Mill Rd. and go 1.1 miles to Hurricane Marina. (Follow the Hurricane Marina signs)

From Murfreesboro
Approximate drive time: 1:15-1:30 minutes

  • #1 - Shortest drive time, Interstate most of the way, but more miles (Recommended)
  • Approximate drive time: 1:15 hours
  • Take TN-840 E for 22 miles
  • Merge onto I-40 East and go towards Lebanon/Knoxville for 38 miles
  • Take the TN-56 exit - exit #273/Smithville/McMinnville.
  • Turn right onto TN-56 towards Smithville/McMinnville for 3.4 miles
  • Take a right at Floating Mill Road. (Look for the Hurricane Marina sign. If you cross a large bridge, you’ve gone too far)
  • Follow the signs for one mile to Hurricane Resort Marina.
  • #2 - Shortest distance, scenic back roads, but longer drive & much easier to get lost
  • Approximate drive time: 1:30 hours
  • Follow TN-96/Lascassas Pike for 24.8 miles
  • Turn right onto US-70 / Nashville Hwy / TN-26 /TN-96 /McAllen Foutch Memorial Highway for 1.1 miles
  • Keep left at the fork to go on US-70 / Nashville Hwy /TN-26 /McAllen Foutch Memorial Highway for 8.4 miles
  • Turn left onto TN-83 /Allen Ferry Rd for 3.2 miles (Just past a Gulf gas station)
  • Turn left onto Cookeville Highway /TN-56 for 7.8 miles
  • You will cross a beautiful bridge spanning the lake and a scenic turnoff area
  • Just past the scenic turnoff area, take a left onto Floating Mill Rd. and go 1.1 miles to marina. Follow the Hurricane Marina signs.

 
 

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