A short hike through the forest near The Fork Inn's Retreat leads to The Overlook. The site sits atop Big East Fork Valley near the Natchez Trace State Park with easy access to a rarely traveled public road. The site overlooks the valley with a great view of sunrises and sunsets. A 0.8 mile trail (initially steep) leads to six-acre Lake Gratitude located at the Fork Inn's Re
A short hike through the forest near The Fork Inn's Retreat leads to The Overlook. The site sits atop Big East Fork Valley near the Natchez Trace State Park with easy access to a rarely traveled public road. The site overlooks the valley with a great view of sunrises and sunsets. A 0.8 mile trail (initially steep) leads to six-acre Lake Gratitude located at the Fork Inn's Retreat. No facilities! Day passes (available at The Fork Inn are required for toilets/showers (Short drive or long walk required).
Tent camping only
- Check in: After 10AM
- Check out: Before 1PM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out
- Response time: Within 12 hours
- Response rate: 0%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at Camping by The Overlook in Tennessee.
Places to see near Big East Fork Valley
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Friendly hosts, beautiful scenery, plenty of privacy.
There were three campsites available when we booked.... we enjoyed camping out by the bus. The site was shady, mowed, and in a fairly flat area... very comfortable for camping. In the evening, the surrounding meadow and woods lit up with fireflies. The campsite overlooks a wide, shallow stream. We enjoyed sitting on the rocky area alongside the water, watching fish dart through the water. There are several well marked trails within walking distance. We spotted some deer in the area while hiking, and some very vocal bullfrogs in a nearby pond. There were several sites we could have hiked to if we had been more motivated, but we felt like being lazy and enjoying the peaceful setting.
Note: The is potable water and a portapotty nearby, but no on-site electric/water/potty. Folks with mobility issues might have trouble getting down the bank to the stream.
Nice area but lacks advtd amenities
The host was very nice and the location was secluded and peaceful. The sunset and view was breathtaking. Kids and dog loved the large open space and it was well fortified with trees all around and a gate from the road. The hiking trail was not suitable for children so that was a shame.
My big issue is with the advertising. From the hipcamp list of amenities it clearly states it has Bathrooms, Showers, Picnic Benches. It has NONE of these things. being so much more than other campsites in the area I really expected what was advertised. To not have picnic tables was truly surprising, but no toilets either. We had to leave after the first day. I think this is not suitable for a family with kids. If this is what you like that is perfectly fine however it was falsely advertised to have things it didn't so we were not prepared for that.
The Big East Fork Retreat is a hidden gem, tucked away in the hills of west Franklin near Leiper's Fork. There are several buildings and a farm on the retreat property with plenty of camping spots that give you the feeling of seclusion but convenience of being close to town. There's a lake for paddle boats and canoes, as well as a yoga studio and marked trails to explore. The overlook spot has both water and electricity with a fire pit, benches, chopped wood, and a trash can to use. The spot overlooks the valley and is right by, like steps away, from the Natchez Trace parkway, so bikers will love this spot. Animal lovers will enjoy this space as well; in addition to friendly farm animals we saw whooping crane, groundhog, and white tailed deer. There's plenty to see- a pond, a creek, a hill top meadow, a hippy bus, and Sunday community gatherings at the lodge. Definitely planning to go back here in the fall to see the leaves from this spot.