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Sasquatch Farm

104 sites ¡ RVs, Tents128 acres ¡ Orme, Marion
Founded in 2020, Sasquatch Farm offers over 120 acres of natural habitat to explore. The property boasts waterfalls, creeks, wildlife, and vast open skies, located on top of a mountain with beautiful valley overlooks. Sasquatch Farm is just 40 miles west of Chattanooga and easily accessible from I-59 and Hwy 156. Enjoy 52 generously-sized RV sites – many large enough to accommodate toy haulers – as well as several secluded tent camping sites. From high atop a mountain peak, you’ll be awestruck by vast overlooks of waterfalls, meandering streams, and dense forest. Book your stay today and explore the great outdoors in this secluded paradise.
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Peaceful Hills Retreat Campground

34 sites ¡ RVs, Tents97 acres ¡ Lobelville, Hickman
Peaceful Hills Retreat 390 American Way Centerville, TN 37033 (Pleasantville) Looking for the perfect getaway, you will find some peace and quiet here! Only 14.6 miles from I-40 and located on 97 acres, this campground is surrounded by nature, very secluded and private. There is a crystal-clear creek that runs parallel with the driveway and fresh spring water flowing from pipe in the rock close to the entrance on American Way. The creek is bio-diverse, filled with fascinating species, and spring fed, which means it stays cool in the summertime. There are three beautiful homes which are able to be rented out as well. The A-frame log cabin at the top of the hill is called the lodge. The second home, which is a two-story brown log cabin, is where the host lives. The third home is the cottage. Long before these three homes were built, native Indians lived in these beautiful rolling hills and we have found many arrowheads right around the homes on this property. This is a special place and we are happy and honored to share it with you! Peaceful Hills Retreat, a family owned business, started in May of 2017. It all began when Jennifer’s brilliant brother booked a two-story home through Airbnb for Jennifer and the family for a week in the Carolinas. Their Airbnb vacation was a great experience, and she loved having a kitchen to cook in, while traveling with her large family. She gladly said goodbye to tiny hotel rooms. Linda and her daughter, Jennifer realized they desired to run a BnB, and watched the scattered pieces beautifully fall into place. Peaceful Hills Retreat is also a wedding venue. There are three beautiful spots for a lovely outdoor wedding. The waterfall site is a favorite. The lodge is a beautiful place for the reception to take place outdoors and the Honeymoon Cottage makes for the perfect getaway afterwards. At each home you may read a special book called A Soldier’s Child Foundation (ASC). This life-changing, wonderful foundation near Nashville, serves children all over our great nation who have sadly lost a parent who served in our military. ASC tremendously helped Jennifer’s family after the loss of their military soldier and Peaceful Hills Retreat donates a portion of their profits to this amazing non-profit. A Soldier’s Child Foundation removed the shame and sadness from our loss and replaced it with hope, honor. and love. A portion of our increase at Peaceful Hills Retreat goes to serve this cause to help other families. To learn more, to donate or to get involved, please visit: asoldierschild.org. If you have any other questions or if you need anything at all during your stay, please text us and we'll be happy to help. Hope to see you soon!
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Camp faith

22 sites ¡ Lodging, Tents81 acres ¡ Butler, Carter
Camp Faith is a new Faith-based campground located in Northeast Tennessee, in a small town called Butler. There are 81 acres to explore during your stay. So far, there are 5 primitive cabins as well as a 2 bedroom 1-1/2 bath cottage. We plan on building more as the campground grows. There will be 11 rv sites with full hook-ups very soon. There are several primitive tent sites thru out, most of which are creek side. Only 5 minutes from Sugar Hollow Retreat. Amenities include: Outdoor- Axe throwing, disc golf, tetherball, horseshoes, cornhole, darts, ring & hook games, board games, firepits (firewood included), walking trails, kayaks, and more... Bathhouse- Full-size bathrooms, fully stocked common kitchen, indoor/outdoor seating, coin operated laundry, ping pong, board games, stocked bookshelf, tv's w/dvd's, free ice (ice machine on bathhouse deck), event-sized grill, pizza oven, gas fireplace, and more... Free Starlink high speed internet
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South Suckcreek Campground

20 sites ¡ RVs, Tents22 acres ¡ Chattanooga, Marion
Learn more about this land:Sunset view of mtns bicycling hiking motorcycle and 4 wheeler trails close to property on low traffic rd Tn river at foot of mtn close to Prentice Cooper national forest kayak rental at foot of mtn
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Share the Farm

29 sites ¡ RVs, TentsGreeneville, Greene
In purchasing this property nearly twenty years ago my family and I have built a neat little camp here. The property is near our home century farm called Cromwell Dairy. Hosting to guest is traditional in our family from far back in time. We look forward to this new adventure with Hipcamp.
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Drifting Meadows

99 sites ¡ LodgingTellico Plains, Monroe
Hello! We are Drifting Meadows. A small community located just shy of three hours from Atlanta. Nestled in TN. Not far from Chattanooga and Knoxville. We strive to hold art events, educational seminars, weddings, corporate get-aways and much more. We look forward to hearing from you. Learn more about this land:Hello! We are Drifting Meadows. A small community located just shy of three hours from Atlanta. Nestled in the Tennessee mountains. Not far from Chattanooga and Knoxville.  Primitive camp spots "with community campfire" available with quick access to nearby waterfalls, a lake, and many hiking trailheads. You can also get into town to see live bluegrass bands on the weekends or stop by the local bakery for some amazing fresh food selections. We provide fire wood and portable toilets. Please note that we are off grid so we request that you use all degradable products if possible. (shower supplies are provided). Also, we do request that any trash/recycling products are taken with you when you leave. Looking forward to hosting you. 
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Roamstead

69 sites ¡ Lodging6 acres ¡ Cosby, Cocke
Roamstead was born on a family RV trip across the country. Our founders noticed their glamorous plans often ended in glorified parking lots or dirty campgrounds without amenities or thought regarding design. Alongside that, many campgrounds seemed unapproachable to those who hadn’t been before. A vision was born to reinvent 'roughing it' in a way that could welcome all adventurers to experience the magic of the great outdoors. We believe the beauty of nature should be experienced by everyone. It's good for your health, and the more we connect with and learn about the outdoors, the more we'll feel compelled to protect it. Whether you've been camping all your life or this would be your first trip, we're here for you. We aim to build a bridge (you know, a metaphorical one) to the great outdoors, where all adventures can truly feel welcome. Roamstead is committed to making our outdoor spaces accessible to everyone. At our Smoky Mountains location, we're partnering with Friends of the Smokies to do just that. Friends assists the National Park Service in its mission to preserve and protect the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by raising funds and public awareness, and providing volunteers for needed projects. They restore trails, build handicap accessible access points, and provide urban youth educational opportunities in the park, to name just a few of their many projects. A dollar of each stay at Roamstead Smoky Mountains is donated back to Friends of the Smokies to help continue their mission.
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Calico Junction Ranch

20 sites ¡ RVs, Tents101 acres ¡ Hohenwald, Lewis
Located in the hills and high forests of Hohenwald, Tennessee, Calico Junction Ranch is a large, multi-faceted operation with over forty head of horses, breeding kennels for Long-Coat German Shepherds, and a modest Heritage Breed Hog farming operation.  Occupied by Native Americans as early as 10,000 BC, the Chickasaw Indians hunted our hills in the 1500's, and the ranch property is located along the Cherokee "Trail of Tears." The ranch was later home to a miner named "Grizzly Jack"... You can visit his cabin during your stay.  More recently, Calico Junction hosted benefits for St. Jude's Children's Hospital, and we regularly host dinner trail rides on weekends. Calico Junction New Beginnings Ranch is our non-profit 501(c)3 providing Equine Assisted Therapy and a horse rescue. Because Calico Junction has so much to offer, we have joined Hipcamp in order to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy our beautiful and relaxing ranch home.Learn more about this land:Pitch your tent in a beautiful meadow not far from a pasture with horses. Choose a site close to the main ranch or as remote as you prefer. We are a family-oriented operation where children are welcome. Explore the ranch on foot or arrange for a horseback ride or two. Bring your binoculars and get up early to catch the Great Blue Herons feeding near the bridge. You'll probably disturb them, but if you're quick, you may capture a picture of the Heron's graceful flight. Go wading, collect rocks or hunt for arrowheads in Rockhouse Creek--you are almost certain to find them, the best free souvenirs! Take nature walks to see our abundant wildlife: deer, wild turkeys, foxes, rabbits and squirrels, because they play here too! Tour the kennels and walk or brush the dogs upon request. Tell stories or play your guitar as you enjoy a relaxing evening campfire. Then listen to the Whippoorwills as they serenade you to sleep.  
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Hidden Acres RV Park

78 sites ¡ RVs10 acres ¡ Brownsville, Haywood
Welcome to Hiden Acres RV Park where the name really says it all. Located in the countryside of Brownsville, Tennessee, our park offers the perfect place to wind down and enjoy the evening for all our guests. Whether you’re just passing through and enjoying a quiet night on vacation or staying a while for work, our park will be sure to make you feel right at home. Locally owned and operated, Hidden Acres will show our southern hospitality from check in to check out. Hidden Acres is a brand new RV Park in Brownsville Tennessee. We offer large gravel 45 ft. by 65 ft. spaces for all our guests that include 50/30-amp power hookups, water, septic, and high-speed internet available at each camp site! We strive to accommodate all our guests needs and are pleased to announce a new recreation building finished with a laundromat and numerous other amenities coming soon.
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Total Eclipse Viewing Event

30 sites ¡ TentsWhite House , Sumner
Our Farm is located just 3 miles from I-65 and 30 minutes North of Nashville come visit us as we will only open up our farm during the Eclipse Event, book early.Learn more about this land:Pitch a tent for a minimum of 2 days and be a part of a historic event. We will have a concert Sunday night featuring Nashville Country Legend Tim Watson aka The Fiddle Man and much more.
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Country Life RV Parks & Services

27 sites ¡ RVs, Tents10 acres ¡ Clarkrange, Fentress
Spacious gravel pads, electric, water, septic, pond, near hiking, canoeing, kayaking, ATV trails, with thousands of acres of hunting ranges nearby, plus local Amish & Mennonite country farm stores, and only 15-20 minutes from Crossville, Tennessee, Jamestown, Rugby, and Cookeville, Be sure to visit Tennessee's famous sorghum mill, only minutes away from Country Life RV Parks.
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Fish Springs at Little Pond Mountain Campground

25 sites ¡ RVs, Tents5 acres ¡ Hunter, Carter
Little Pond Mountain Campground, named after a nearby hiking trail, is located near the Appalachian Mountains in Butler, Tennessee. The property contains 19 camping sites with RV hookups, with one small cabin that acts as the business's twentieth unit. The campground is owned by a family that also runs the nearby restaurant, Shirley's Home Cooking, and the two enterprises often work together to create a wider range of guest experiences. Though the campground is designed to cater to overnight campers, there are a handful of long-term tenants. Some of the amenities offered at the camp include a bathhouse, coin-operated laundry machines, and Wi-Fi.
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Camping in Tennessee guide

The geology of the Volunteer State is surprisingly dramatic. The landscape soars from the delta lowlands of the Mississippi River east to the rugged heights of the Cumberland Plateau before climbing the forested slopes of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The varied terrain is well-suited for active campers, from paddlers and rock climbers to fishers and firefly hunters. And hikers? They’re happy everywhere. Tent and RV sites are abundant, and a growing array of glamping options—yurts, retro trailers, and treehouses—keep the camping scene fresh. And in music-loving Tennessee, a live jam is never far away, be it blues, bluegrass, or Bonnaroo.

Where to Go

West Tennessee

Bordered by the Mississippi and anchored by Memphis, West Tennessee works best for campers seeking music, history, and low-key outdoor thrills. Tents and RVs are welcome at Pickwick Landing State Park, known for its lake and watersports, while birdwatchers may prefer driving north to Reelfoot Lake State Park, where bald eagles are plentiful. Shiloh National Military Park spotlights a pivotal battle in the Civil War.

Middle Tennessee

Marked by cliffs, waterfalls, wild rivers, dark skies, and lush forests, Middle Tennessee is a geologic drama queen. Packed with state parks along the steep edges of the Cumberland Plateau, it’s also a top destination for camping and active travelers. Visit Nashville, home to honky-tonks, hot chicken, and Vanderbilt, then hit Fall Creek Falls, a deep-green state park loaded with waterfalls. Stay in cabins constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in Cumberland Mountain State Park or CCC Pickett Memorial State Park—where you can go stargazing. The Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area draws adventurous paddlers, and campers can even sleep beside the 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway, a historic trade route that stretches from the Mississippi River to Nashville.

East Tennessee

Prefer urban adventures? Knoxville and Chattanooga await. Knoxville is best known as the state capital, but mountain bikers love the city’s urban wilderness and its 50-mile network of trails. Chattanooga is a convenient base for rock climbing and whitewater rafting. The craft beer scene in both cities impresses too. For hiking and solitude head north to Frozen Head State Park. Families with varied interests may prefer Big Ridge State Park, which offers trails, lake swimming, and volleyball and basketball courts.

Great Smoky Mountains

The most visited national park in the United States, Great Smoky Mountains National Park sprawls across eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail bounces along the boundary line between the two states. The park has nine developed campgrounds and numerous backcountry shelters. Tent sites, RV parks, cabins, and glamping destinations punctuate the foothills region, which is anchored by Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

Frequently Asked Questions

Generally, Tennessee State Parks do not offer free camping. Most parks charge a fee for camping, with rates varying depending on the type of campsite and amenities provided. However, you may find some free dispersed camping options in Tennessee's National Forests. For more information on Tennessee State Parks and camping options, visit Hipcamp.

In Tennessee, you can camp for free in dispersed camping areas within the Cherokee National Forest. Dispersed camping is allowed in most areas of the forest unless otherwise posted. Keep in mind that dispersed camping comes with no amenities, so you'll need to be self-sufficient and follow Leave No Trace principles. For more information on camping in Tennessee's national forests, visit Hipcamp.

Yes, Tennessee offers excellent camping opportunities, with a diverse range of landscapes and outdoor activities. From the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to beautiful lakes, rivers, and forests, there are numerous state parks, private campgrounds, and recreation areas for campers to explore. Tennessee's camping options include tent camping, RV camping, and cabin rentals. For more information on camping in Tennessee, you can visit Hipcamp.

The cost of camping in Tennessee State Parks varies depending on the type of campsite and amenities provided. Tent campsites typically range from $15 to $25 per night, while RV campsites with electric and water hookups can range from $25 to $35 per night. Some parks offer premium campsites with additional amenities, which can cost up to $50 per night. For more information on Tennessee State Parks camping, visit Hipcamp.

Boondocking, or camping without amenities on public lands, is not illegal in Tennessee as long as the land allows for dispersed camping. However, it's important to follow the specific rules and regulations of the area you're camping in. Some public lands, like national forests, may permit boondocking in designated areas, while others may not. Always check with the land management agency responsible for the area you plan to camp in to ensure you're following the rules. Private landowners may also offer boondocking opportunities, such as Bryson's Boondocking on Hipcamp. In these cases, you'll need to obtain permission from the landowner and follow their guidelines for camping on their property.

Camping fees at Douglas Lake in Tennessee can vary depending on the campground and amenities offered. Prices generally range from $20 to $50 per night for tent and RV sites. For more information on specific campgrounds, amenities, and pricing, visit the Douglas Lake camping page on Hipcamp.

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