Known for its country music scene, whiskey, and the late Elvis Presley, Tennessee is an eclectic state. The landlocked area is home to many attractions, including the ever-popular Nashville. It also boasts the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, bringing in millions of visitors each year.
Whether you are a Tennessee native or new to the Volunteer State, there are many camping spots statewide to see. These include RV sites, tent sites, primitive sites, wrangler sites, scout camps, and camping cabins. Whether you are a naturalist or a “glamper”, there is something for you in Tennessee!
1. Abram’s Creek Campground
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For those camping in the Great Smoky Mountains, Abram’s Creek is a great option. It is in a more remote section of the park, offering more privacy and seclusion. The rustic ambiance is due in part to its smaller size. The campground has 16 total sites and only allows RVs up to 12 feet.
Though it is a quaint campsite, modern flush toilets and drinking water are available. For those looking for a more secluded camping experience, Abram’s Creek is a great option. Be sure to check out Abram’s Waterfall while you are in the area.
Reservations are required and can be booked up to six months in advance. Be sure to plan accordingly for your visit to the Great Smoky Mountains.
2. Big Hill Pond Campground
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Big Hill Pond State Park features swampy, wooded areas that are ideal for biking, fishing, and paddling. With thirty miles of overnight and day-use trails, Big Hill Pond area is excellent for guests who love the outdoors. You can camp, go birding, hike, and far more.
Whether traveling solo or in a group, the state park has spaces for tents and RVs. Most sites can accommodate trailers up to 20 feet. They are also accompanied by a table and a grill, so you can cook out and enjoy the space to the fullest. Firewood is also sold onsite, so you can enjoy smores each night.
While there are modern bathhouses and hot showers available, there are no hookups or dump stations. It is also worth noting that there is no generator operation allowed past 10 PM. Campsites are gravel, so mats, cots, air mattresses and other items are recommended for comfort. Rates vary based on date and availability.
3. Big Ridge Campground
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Located in Maynardville, Union County, Big Ridge State Park is another treasure. With over 3,600 acres, this expansive park features views of the Appalachian Ridge. The heavily wooded area is ideal for hikers, offering 15 miles of stunning scenery.
The park has 50 campsites on and near Norris Lake that accommodate RV’s, trailers, and tent campers. RV campsites are gravel and can fit units up to 35 feet. A dumping station is provided, along with three bathhouses – these include hot show facilities.
Each site includes the following amenities: 50-amp electrical hookups, picnic tables, and grills. The campground also features a group area, where up to 120 people can stay. This area offers 18 screened-in bunkhouses. Firewood is available onsite and the camp store is open seasonally for your other needs.
4. Bledsoe Creek Campground
Bledsoe Creek offers both standard campsites as well as a hammock campground. The standard camping area boasts 58 paved campsites featuring fire pits, grills, and picnic tables. Each site also has water hookups.
Of the 58, 44 sites have 50/30/20-amp electrical service and are level. They can accommodate rigs that are 20 feet or less. Tents can be pitched in the grass or on the paved parking pads. As with the hammock sites, firewood and ice are for sale. Additionally, three sites have improvements for compliance with the American Disabilities Act.
For those who are avid hammockers, there are three primitive campsites behind the main campground. Capacity is limited to six people/six hammocks per site. Stacking hammocks is not allowed, nor is cutting or modifying surrounding trees.
As for amenities, picnic tables, fire rings, grills, and bathhouses are available. At the bathhouse, showers are hot. Ice and firewood are also sold onsite for your convenience. All in all, this campground has great offerings that accommodate campers of all kinds.
5. Cades Cove Campground
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Cades Cove Campground is an excellent option for those touring the Great Smoky Mountain region. After taking in the stunning scenery of the National Park, you can rest your head at Cades Cove. Boasting over 150 campsites and open year-round, it accommodates many campers.
Each site is suitable for either a 35’ trailer or 40’ RVs. Though there are no RV hookups, a dump station is available. While you are in the are, be sure to check out Cades Cove valley. There are historic structures, including cabins and a water wheel.
6. Cedars of Lebanon Campground
Located in Wilson County and surround by the Cedars of Lebanon State Forest, this park is rife with red cedar trees. Its 1100+ acres and 117 campsites offer capacity for campers to enjoy the stunning region.
All sites are drive-up and offer water and electric hookups. Wi-Fi is available at the park as well, so you can tie up any loose ends that prevent you from enjoying your time outdoors. The campground is also pet-friendly.
Featuring picnic tables and grills, electrical and water hookups, Cedars of Lebanon State Park campsites are excellent for all kinds of campers. The venue also has modern group lodge with a capacity of 80 people and availability for groups year-round.
Eight miles of hikes are available in the area nearby. On each of the four trails, you can take in nature and the wildlife, or even share a picnic.
All picnic tables throughout the park are also equipped with grills. Additionally, there are 11 picnic shelters throughout.
Best of all, this location is just 40 minutes outside of Nashville. Whether you want an escape from the city or more time outdoors on your visit to Tennessee, Cedars of Lebanon is an excellent option.
7. Chickasaw Campground
Chickasaw State Park is named for the Chickasaw Tribe who once lived in West Tennessee. Bordering Hardeman and Chester Counties, its 1400 acres of land were deeded to the state in 1955. The park is situated at one of the highest points of terrain in western Tennessee.
The park offers approachable hiking trails and bicycle friendly roads, making it great for outdoor recreation. The top-visited trail is the Lake Placid Nature Trail, topping out at 1.8 miles. Rated as an easy path, this loop-style trail is great for taking in the scenery. With only 32-feet in elevation gain, it is approachable for most skill levels.
If you prefer water sports, there are also rowboats and pedal boats for rent on Lake Placid. Each site has picnic tables and grills, so you can relax and dine close by as well. Additionally, there are playgrounds in each campground to entertain kiddos.
All 53 RV campground sites and all 29 tent sites have water available. There is also a wrangler campground which accommodates visitors with horses. Each of the 32 equestrian sites have water and electrical as well. Bathhouses are suitable for hot showers and a dump station is available in the RV campground.
Featuring a trading post that is open daily, rest assured all of your camping necessities are taken care of. If you forgot something or need to load up on snacks, you can swing by between 10 AM and 6 PM.
8. Cove Lake Campground
On a more modest 600 acres, Cove Lake State Park is small but mighty. Situated in a beautiful mountain valley, its scenic nature trails offer a variety of sights.
Its diversity of wetlands and woodlands is rife with wildlife for nature enthusiasts. Whether you simply kick back or enjoy a day of fishing, visitors will be amazed at the beautiful landscapes.
Featuring a paved walk and bike trail, the park is easily accessible. The paved loop is 3.1 miles and considered easy for most abilities. Elevation gain is 137 on this pet and wheelchair-friendly path.
The park is equipped with 106 campsites that each have grills and picnic tables. All sites are equipped with water and electrical hookups. A dump station is available along with two bathhouses. The bathhouses offer hot showers and modern restrooms. Stays are limited to two weeks.
For larger groups, there are also picnic pavilions available for rent. A camp store is open and firewood is also available on site. If you are looking to host a celebration or family gathering, Cove Lake campsites are a great choice.
9. Cumberland Mountain Campground
Located in Cumberland County, Cumberland Mountain State Park is situated near a serene man-made lake. Situated on the Cumberland Plateau, this recreational space offers sights and experiences. While you adventure in this spacious region, you can reside in one of their many campsites or cabins.
Cumberland Mountain has a total of 145 tent and RV campsites. Hookups are also provided, with outlets available. Picnic tables, grills, and bathhouse facilities are also provided.
Sites may have up to two tents, or two tents and one camper. Seven adults are allowed to site, making this spacious accommodation ideal for larger groups.
10. David Crockett Birthplace State Park Campground
David Crockett Birthplace State Park has historical significance. The pioneer, soldier, politician, and industrialist called Tennessee home. He is largely responsible for diversifying the industry in Lawrence County. This reputation is prevalent in the area and the namesake state park.
While learning more about David Crockett, you can also enjoy one of the two campgrounds onsite. Campground #1 has 45 sites equipped with electrical and water hookups.
There are also 10 primitive sites that are walk-in only. Newly-renovated campground #2 features 52 paved sites that offer 50/30/20-amp electric and water hookups.
The second campground is open year-round, and campground #1 is available March 15 – November 31. Nightly rates vary by date and availability. Stays are limited to two weeks during peak season, March to November. In the off season (December to February), stays can be up to 28 days.
11. Edgar Evins State Park Campground
Water enthusiasts will love the time spent at Edgar Evins State Park. This great park is situated at the edge of Center Hill Lake. The state park is ideal for recreation of all kinds, including camping, boating, and fishing.
It features one campsite with 60 spaces available. The spaces are ideal for tents and small trailers/RVs, with hookups available. Throughout the campground there are multiple bathrooms with flush toilets and hot showers.
12. Fall Creek Falls Campground
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Fall Creek Falls is one of Tennessee’s largest and most visited parks. Its 29,800 acres sprawl across the Cumberland Plateau. With waterfalls, gorges, and streams, the park showcases the beauty of nature at every turn.
Of note is Fall Creek Falls sitting at 256 feet, making them one of the highest waterfalls in the Eastern US. As one of the largest parks, Fall Creek Falls has amenities to boot. With a hotel lodge, cabins, and campsites, there are options for everyone.
For camping in specific, there are options for tent, RV, and backcountry sites. There are 222 sites in five different areas. Each is outfitted with tables, grills, water and electricity, along with bathhouses.
92 of which have sewer connections. Several sites can also accommodate large RVs, up to 65 feet long. Most campgrounds are also accessible by persons with a disability.
13. Foster Falls Campground
If you have a small trailer or tent, Foster Falls campground may be a great fit for you. With 25 rustic campsites and is open year-round. They have a level gravel surface and many have trees for shade. While there is no water or electrical hookups, there are heated showers available. Gas generators are not allowed, but the site is open to vehicles.
While you camp in the backcountry, be sure to enjoy the many miles of backpacking trails! The Foster Falls Climbers Loop trail is a great choice. At 2.0 miles and moderate difficulty, it is suitable for experienced hikers. With an elevation gain of 406 feet, it boasts an excellent view of the falls.
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14. Fort Pillow State Park Campground
Fort Pillow has a variety of camping options. These include a family campground, backcountry campsites, group camps in large open areas, and primitive sites. Depending on your preferences, each site offers specific amenities ranging from minimal electricity and water hookups to full electrical and hot showers.
Nightly rates vary based on date and availability, so be sure to decide what option best suits your needs and budget. Once you arrive, you will be enthralled with the rich history and scenic bluffs in the area.
15. Frozen Head State Park Campground
This natural area encompasses more than 24,000 acres of wilderness area. The namesake comes from a 3,324-foot peak in the Cumberland Mountains. It is often shrouded with ice and snow in the winter months. Its dense forested areas and mountain terrain make for impressive views.
There are plenty of trails for day-hiking adventures as well. The top-rated hike is Emory Gap Trail, a 2.5-mile out-and-back path. It is considered easy and includes a 433 ft gain throughout its course. As you go, you will likely see plenty of birders, hikers, and runners taking in the stunning scenery.
For campers, Frozen Head offers several camping experiences. There are 20 primitive tent sites at Flat Fork campground, rustic camping at Big Cove, and backcountry camping at 9 sites. Reservations are required for all. No matter where you camp at this park, there are great views and memories to be found.
16. Henry Horton State Park Campground
Named after the former governor of Tennessee, Henry Horton State Park is notable for its diverse ecosystem. There are several lodging options available, including cabins, 56 RV sites, 10 tent campsites, 9 primitive sites, and several in the backcountry.
Amenities include Wi-Fi, a renovated camp store, firewood for purchase, and hookups for water and electric (if desired). Pets are also welcome, so long as they are on a leash. If you are looking for a bite to eat, the restaurant and lounge at Henry Horton nearby offer great fare for travelers and locals.
17. Harrison Bay State Park Campground
Chickamauga Lake is a popular destination near Chattanooga. From there, you can find a place to stay at Harrison Bay State Park. Its 1200 acres have much to offer. Popular recreational activities include boating and fishing, swimming, paddling and more. If you prefer to stay on land, you can also golf.
There are dozens of campgrounds in this area, but Harrison Bay is distinct. This is because it is located lakeside, spanning nearly 40 miles of the lake’s shore. With 128 RV campsites featuring hookups and 27 tent campsites, consider a reservation at Harrison Bay State Park for your next camping adventure.
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18. Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park Campground
Water enthusiasts flock to Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River for water recreation. This stretch of river is prime for canoeing, rafting, fishing, hiking, and nature photography. For those who would like to camp out while they enjoy the water, sites are available.
The Hiwassee haven offers 47 campsites – RV hookups and electricity are not offered, so it is best for minimalist campers. Rest assured, you will not miss the power when you take in the calming river sounds.
19. Indian Mountain State Park Campground
This 200-acre park is located in Campbell County. Near the northern Tennessee border, this reclaimed space has been put to use as a wetland. Visitors are likely to encounter geese, ducks, beaver, blue heron, and other wildlife.
Indian Mountain State Park campground offers 47 campsites with paved pads, ideal for RV and tent campers. There are also picnic tables and grills at each site. As you enjoy all the northern Tennessee has to offer, you will be glad you stayed at Indian Mountain.
20. Long Hunter State Park Campground
At 2600 acres, Long Hunter State Park offers an array of recreational opportunities. After a day of fishing or hiking, you can set up camp at one of group or backcountry camps. Campsite capacity ranges from 8-10 persons. Sites are open year-round upon reservation.
Organized groups can reserve one of three primitive campsites. These sites offer picnic tables, fire rings, water, and a park office restroom.
The backcountry spaces can be reserved for tent camping. Each of the two campsites has a designated fire ring. They are conveniently located on the shoreline of J. Percy priest lake and are wooded, offering shade. It is important to note that a 6-mile hike is required to reach these sites.
21. Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park Campground
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Fans of forestry will enjoy the Meeman-Shelby State Park area’s 13,000+ acres of hardwood and Mississippi River views. This stunning scenery is complete with views from Chickasaw Bluffs.
Every stay is complete with a grill and table near one of the 49 campsites. All are equipped with RV hookups, making for excellent accommodations while you enjoy the sweeping woodlands. Come for the large oaks, beech, hickory, and sweet gum, and stay for the great memories.
22. Montgomery Bell State Park Campground
Only 40 minutes from Nashville, Montgomery Bell State Park is an oasis for city dwellers and nature enthusiasts alike. Enjoy the peaceful nature of its three stunning lakes as you soak up the sun.
Lodging includes a newly renovated lodge along with environmentally friendly cabins and campsites. Tents & RVs are welcome, with capacity to accommodate campers up to 60 ft on most electrical sites.
The campground also has three bathhouses, two of which are accessible to persons with a disability. Picnic tables, trash cans, and grills are also available at each site.
Pets are welcome on leashes if attended but are not allowed inside buildings or playground areas. Camping rates are for up to four people per site. Additional persons are allowed for $1 per person per night and capped at seven people.
23. Mousetail Landing Campground
Mousetail Landing State Park has a main campground along with primitive campsites. The 1,200+ acre space is located on the east banks of the Tennessee River. The area has a one-day use three-mile trail and one overnight trail.
The overnight trail, Mousetail Landing Loop is 7.9 miles long, and a permit is required. It is considered hard and has a gain of over 1,200 feet. As for the three-mile trail, the Scenic Trail Loop is rated easy and has a steady incline with a gain of 416 ft.
The main campground area has a modern bathhouse, laundry, electricity, and water hookups. The area also has a dump station. Each campsite is equipped with picnic tables and grills.
As for the primitive sites, there are 21 spots available on the banks of the Tennessee River. The backcountry shelters have plywood bunks and can sleep up to 8 people. Each site is complete with a fire ring and BBQ grill. Fishing is permitted anywhere you can reach water.
24. Natchez Trace State Park
Natchez Trace features sprawling trails, ranging from one mile up to 4.5 miles and one 40-mile overnight trail. The top-rated trail is Cub Creek Lake trail, a moderate hike that is roughly 5.5 miles long. It is moderately flat, with an elevation gain near 300 ft.
Winding through forests, fields, and along streams, the scenery is a delight to visitors. The park also features a museum, picnic facilities, cabins, boating and even a restaurant.
There are several camping modalities available – cabins, wrangler camp, standard campsites with sewer and water hookups, as well as back country. With the variety of options available, one is sure to meet your needs. Rates vary by availability and date. Online reservation is available at the Natchez Trace State Park website.
25. Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park
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Rich with Tennessee history, Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park is a must see. The park contains over 20 miles of hiking trails and pieces of Tennessee history. Upon visiting, you will find a gift shop and folklife center where you can learn more about the region.
Overnight lodging is available for visitors, with options including cabins, RV camping, or raising a tent at the primitive campground. Additionally, there is a third campground dedicated to youth campers such as scouts.
Open year-round, the various campgrounds and sites allow visitors to take in all the area has to offer. Depending on your choice, you may need to arrange access to water, electricity, etc. Be sure to read the specifications for each site when making your reservation.
26. Norris Dam State Park Campground
Located on the shores of Norris Lake, this park and campground is perfect for boaters. The park offers a fully equipped marina and boat ramp for the public.
Take in all 800+ miles of shoreline and rest your head at one of their two campgrounds. They have a site for every type of camper.
All sites feature a table, grill, and fire pit, and a bathhouse is centrally located in each campground. For those looking for a little more adventure, Andrews Ridge is accessible from the backcountry campground.
Note: Each campsite can only allow for 1 RV or 2 tents. Additional tents will require reservation of an additional site. Firewood is available at the park office/visitor center. Maximum stay is 14 days in the busy season, and off-season is 28 nights.
27. Old Stone Fort State Park Campground
The Old Stone Fort was used by Indigenous people as a ceremonial gathering place. The area features a hiking trail that follows the walls of the fort. The Old Stone Fort Loop Trail is 2.8 miles long and takes roughly an hour.
It is rated easy and has an elevation gain around 278 feet. It threads through picturesque scenery, leading to the original entrance. At this point, you can see the spot on the horizon where the sun rises in summer.
Camping reservations are available at Old Stone Fort State Park. While the heavily wooded area feels remote, you will be only a few minutes’ walk from activities and restaurants. These newly upgraded, convenient sites are equipped with electric improvements and water hookups. The hard-surface pads can accommodate a unit up to 50 feet.
A dump station is available onsite, open year-round. One of two restroom facilities onsite includes showers, though these are not available in December, January, and February. Firewood is also available for purchase.
28. Panther Creek State Park Campground
At over 1,400 acres, Panther Creek State Park has a lot to offer. Located on the Cherokee Reservoir in the gorgeous Holston River Valley, the park boasts excellent hiking trails.
Be sure to check out the moderate Point Lookout Loop Trail, which is roughly 2.7 miles. It offers a 580-ft elevation gain and follows a loop. The terrain covers varying levels of difficulty and has something to offer for nature enthusiasts of all kinds.
Camping reservations are available for up to 50 sites. They offer water and electrical hookups (20/30/50 amps). There are also grills, picnic tables, and fire rings, and 8 of the 50 have sewer hookups.
There is a dump station and laundromat available for campers’ use as well. This well-established campground has all you need to enjoy the great outdoors!
At Panther Creek, it’s easy to get the family together and reconnect with nature. A camp store is also open 7 days a week, April 1 – mid-October. Wi-Fi is limited, but available. Maximum stay is two weeks.
29. Paris Landing State Park Campground
The 841-acre Paris Landing State Park is located on the western shore of the Tennessee River. The river is dammed to form Kentucky Lake, which is 160,000 acres. The park is situated on the widest part of the lake, making for exceptional water recreation. Those who love fishing, boating, swimming, and waterskiing will especially love this beautiful area.
Camping reservations are available at Paris Landing. 45 campsites with water and electric are available, along with 18 primitive sites. The primitive sites are bordered by beautiful hardwood forests, lending shade and beautiful views. All areas are open year-round.
Accommodations include a laundry room and camp store, as well as a dump station. The camp store is open May – October and offers camping supplies and snacks. The park campground is pet friendly, though they must be kept on a leash. For those who prefer four walls, there are also six camping cabins available.
You can make your reservation for the options above by calling the park or reserving online.
30. Pickett CCC Memorial State Park
Pickett State Forest covers an impressive 19,200 acres. The state park lies within, adjacent to Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Needless to say, this Jamestown attraction has a lot to offer, including numerous great campsites.
The Pickett Memorial State Park campground offers 31 campsites, which have water hookups. Only 20 of these sites also provide electricity. The campground is served with a modern bathhouse and dump station. Picnic tables and grills are available at each site as well.
The grounds are open year-round with a maximum stay limit of two weeks. Given Pickett CCC is a trash can free campground, you are expected to carry out what you pack in. Plan to pack accordingly and be a good steward of the lovely outdoor space!
31. Pickwick Landing State Park Campground
Home to many fishing tournaments, Pickwick Landing State Park is a fishing paradise. Famous for its smallmouth bass and Tennessee River catfish, this area is especially ideal for anglers. Other common fish include crappie, blue gill, white bass, and more.
Along with great fishing for visitors, Pickwick Landing State Park also offers campsites. The main landing offers 48 sites within a gorgeous, wooded area. Several of these sites offer 20/30/50 amp electric and ADA compliant spaces.
For more rugged campers, there is also a primitive camping area that hosts 33 sites. No matter how you choose to camp, this stunning area is sure impress. Open year-round, Pickwick Landing is a must-visit for those who are passionate about water.
32. Reelfoot Lake State Park
In the northwest corner of Tennessee lies Reelfoot Lake State Park. Notable for its fishing, boating, and wildlife, the area features a large lake.
The State Park offers two expansive campgrounds, each with RV hookups or primitive sites. Multiple bathhouses are available for added comfort, along with a washer, dryer, and dish washing area.
There is a dump station near the entrance. Be sure to reserve early, as the South Campground is very busy during April and May!
33. Roan Mountain State Park
Located on Tennessee Highway 142, Roan Mountain State Park lies at the base of the majestic 6,285-ft. mountain. Its plentiful acres are occupied by stunning hardwood forests and rugged ridges. Accommodating campers of all kinds, Roan Mountain State Park is an excellent option for anyone looking to explore the beauty of the Appalachian Trail.
The park’s 106 campsites are equipped with a grill and picnic table. The family-friendly campground is complete with 86 RV sites and 20 additional tent sites. Note: the tent camping area does not offer electric hookups, and there are no sewer hookups on the entire campground.
34. Smoky Bear Campground and RV Park
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Located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Smoky Bear Campground & RV Park is a great choice for families. With a clubhouse, playground, and pet friendly policies, this campsite offers great amenities. It also features paved road, a store with snacks and souvenirs, among many other great things.
Featuring 46 full-hookup sites with water, sewer, electric, cable, and wifi, Smoky Bear has everything you need. It even offers a free book and DVD lending library, so there is no shortage of entertainment. Your family will cherish the memories made at Smoky Bear for years to come!
35. Tims Ford State Park Campground
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Located on a reservoir, Tims Ford State Park’s 3,500-acre expanse sits in the shadows of Cumberland Plateau. Featuring all the best of south-central Tennessee, this location is considered one of the most picturesque lakes in the region.
Open year-round, Tims Ford offers 168 campsites in three areas. All sites have electric service and water hookups. There are also heated bathhouses with bathrooms and hot showers.
Moreover, there is a dump station for self-contained rigs. Maximum stay is 14 days March through November, and 28 days in December, January, and February.
Anglers will also delight to know that Tims Ford Lake is considered a prime location for bass fishing. With common amenities like a playground as well as grills and picnic tables, the park campground has no shortage of entertainment. Enjoy some time around the fire ring and make memories that will last a lifetime.
As you can see, Tennessee has a wealth of wonderful camping areas. No matter where you find yourself in the state, there are phenomenal choices to stay around every corner.
Not to mention, beautiful landscapes and opportunities for recreation. You cannot go wrong in choosing any of the options above.
Each one offers the opportunity for life-long memories. When you visit any or all of these sites, be sure to savor all the wonderful scenery!