Camping in Tennessee

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Camping in Tennessee

Camp beside rivers, waterfalls, and the Great Smoky Mountains in a lush wonderland for outdoor fun.

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The River Life
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The River Life
16 sites · Lodging, Tents9 acres · Cosby, TNOur location is phenomenal we are an hour from Knoxville and Asheville and just about 1/4 mile off I-40. Right at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains and 35 minutes from Gatlinburg about 40 minutes to Pigeon Forge (Dollywood), also about 45 minutes to Sevierville and one of my favorite Tanger Outlets!! The beautiful Smoky Mountains the National Park is filled with hiking trails and horse stables and trails. Some of the best white water rafting is less then 5 miles up the road along with zip lining and a lil taste of moonshine here and there.
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I 40 Hideaway
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I 40 Hideaway
55 sites · Lodging, Tents26 acres · Waverly, TN
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Waterfall Campsite is a great place to make wonderful memories!
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Peaceful Hills Retreat Campground
32 sites · RVs, Tents97 acres · Lobelville, TNPeaceful 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
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Camp faith
21 sites · Lodging, Tents81 acres · Butler, TNCamp 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, many of which are creek side. Only 5 minutes from Sugar Hollow Retreat.
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$35
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Totally private site right under the trees.
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Low Meadow Farms (Brown Bike Farms)
19 sites · RVs, Tents4 acres · Knoxville, TNLow Meadow Farms (formerly Brown Bike Farms) is a serene four-acre meadow bordered by Burnett Creek. The campground is an easy distance to Downtown Knoxville and an even easier access to all that South Knox's Urban Wilderness has to offer. It uniquely offers a hint of backcountry camping without the 25-mile hike in, a great way to test the waters for primitive camping or an easy stop close to the city for a seasoned traveler. It is best suited for off-road vehicles, bike, tent, and hammock camping. Our Campsites: Sites 1 through 11 are along the tree line that borders Burnett Creek. Site 12 is not on the creek and is up on a hill that overlooks the meadow. Lucky number 13 is located in the meadow across from campsite 5. Sites 1 and 2 are off the main path and have a grass/dirt access that can get muddy after a lot of rain. Sites 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 13 are easily accessed by a gravel road. Sites 8, 9, 11 and 12 are located on a dirt/grass road on other side of a ditch - some vehicles may not be able to drive to this area and will need to park about 50 yards away. (New owners will be installing a culvert in the coming months for easier access to this area.) There are metal fire pits at most sites (fire rings will be installed in all sites soon). Many trees are suitable for hammock camping in the sites along the river. Campsites are labeled by number from left to right upon entering the drive, except for 13 which is in the meadow across from site 5. Each site can accommodate 2 people in order to keep space between groups and lessen the impact on the land. If you have more in your group, we recommend reserving an adjoining campsite. Potable water and a shared portable bathroom are on site. ***New owners will be making some changes to the campground in the coming months. Please let us know what you liked and what changes you would like to see after your stay!***
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$30
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Private Log Cabin built in 1937 is now a bed & breakfast experience with river view and mountain view.
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Nolichuckey Bluffs Cozy Campsites
12 sites · Lodging, RVs30 acres · Greeneville, TNNestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains near historic Greeneville, Tennessee, Nolichuckey Bluffs Bed & Breakfast Campsites & Cabins is a wonderful place to just get away from it all and escape into nature. Campsites are private and secluded with vistas overlooking the river and mountains. Cabins are cozy with first-class amenities and East Tennessee hospitality. The fully equipped pet friendly cabins offer breathtaking views of the Nolichuckey River and mountains. Breakfast is available upon request and for a fee. Make a reservation or pick up a jam and jelly made from berries right here on the property. Your furry friends are our furry friends but we do require a special reservation and fee for them. So please let us know about them before you arrive. Whether you're looking for a weekend get-away, a place to hold a family reunion, a wedding, a church retreat, or a small business conference, Nolichuckey Bluffs can accommodate your needs.
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Spacious front deck.
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Paint Rock Farm Glamping
10 sites · Lodging, Tents162 acres · Hot Springs, NCPaint Rock Farm provides an including, nourishing experience to reconnect with nature, ourselves, and each other for healing and transformation. Join us to experience WNC's finest glamping destination! Each glamping unit is uniquely and beautifully furnished, nestled on 160 acres of private land. Named after Paint Rock and the Cherokee Paint Rock Clan (the healers and medicine clan of the Cherokee) Paint Rock is a peaceful private farm encompassing 30 acres of meadow and 130 acres of private conservation forest, adjacent to the French Broad River and surrounded by national forest. A restored barn offers all guests a space to gather, relax, enjoy meals together or meet new friends around the fire. Guests have access to the community kitchen inside the barn, large community fire pit, heated bathhouse, outdoor showers, and miles of meadow and forest trails to explore. We are located 7 miles from the town of Hot Springs, famous for a natural hot spring spa and a plethora of outdoor adventures including the spectacular Appalachian Trail. Several dining options are also available in the area.
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Camping by the Creek
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Camping by the Creek
9 sites · Lodging, RVs, TentsLawrenceburg, TNCamping by the Creek is located on the property of the Windsor Woods Hunting Plantation. History of the land includes:  The Right Vanguard of General John Bell Hood's Confederate Army camped here on his way to the Battle of Franklin.  There was a brutal murder in the 1890's creating the legend of John Morgan.
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Greeter Falls Campground
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Greeter Falls Campground
50 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents20 acres · Beersheba Springs, TNGreeter Falls Campground is open for business! We want to welcome all you happy campers to our timberland escape. Greeter Falls Campground is located less than a half mile from the Greeter Falls Trailhead, adjacent to the 16,000 acre Savage Gulf Wilderness area offering over 50 miles of well-marked trails for every skill level. The .08 mile Greeter Falls Trail loop connects you to three awe inspiring waterfalls as well as the nearby Blue Hole swimming area. We offer many recreational options to help you enjoy the area including Primitive Tent spots, furnished Yurts (Bell Tents) and RV/Travel Trailer sites (each with electrical and water hook-ups). Unlike many RV camps where sites are over-packed into a cramped trailer park setting, all our sites are ensconced within sparsely inhabited raw timberland; with less than 3 sites per acre versus an average of 10-15 nationally. Currently we offer over 50 campsites: 25 RV Sites: - 12 Premium RV and Travel Trailer Sites - FHU with Septic and/or "Pull Thru". - 11 Regular RV Sites with standard electric/water hook ups - 2 Premium RV Sites with Small Private Dog Parks 11 Furnished Yurts (Glamping) Sites– on Wooden Platforms with Porches: - 3 13' Round Bell Tents - 4 11' x 11' Square Military Style Command Tents - 4 16' x 16' Square Military Style Squad Tents 14 Primitive Tent Sites: - 5 Primitive Tent Spots – Solo/Duo - 5 Primitive Tent Spots – Group/Family - 4 Primitive Tent Spots - Deluxe Group/Family with Water/Power Come to Greeter Falls Campground to Retreat, Relax, Be Refreshed & Get Renewed Here is some useful information: • If you have any questions or need additional information, please Call: Our Camp Hostess at 1-800-MTN-CAMP (800-686-2267) Or by Email: Camp@GreeterFalls.com • Greeter Falls Campground Website: Greeter: https://greeterfalls.com • Greeter Falls Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/greeterfalls/?hl=en • Directions Via Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/3MZYmgsYUjvQaE1A9 Thanks. We Look forward to seeing you soon!
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Magical indoor/outdoor sleeping space optimized for sounds of the waterfall.
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The Falls at Sewanee Creek
11 sites · Lodging, Tents45 acres · Tracy City, TNWe came to this magical place to found a self-reliant, intentional eco-community when I retired from corporate life in 2006. It's called the Village on Sewanee Creek, named after the creek 800 feet below the bluff where we are located. There are now a dozen homesteads here and a small thriving community. I traveled the world as a senior executive for Baskin-Robbins, Dunkin' Donuts, Papa Johns, Blockbuster, 7-Eleven and other retail franchises, making the world safe for Pizza, Ice Cream, Pancakes Video Rentals and American convenience. And I was ready for something more fufilling. I scouted for a place of exquisite natural beauty and I found it here. I bought way too much land just before the real estate bust and learned how to turn a nice fortune into a very small one. I faced challenges and had lots of fun. Now I want to share our experience. It's the Village 2.0 for guests. Who knows, you may decide to stay. Or not. Life in the city is OK as long as you can get away frequently. I'm convinced if you love nature and the outdoors, this is the best place to celebrate it.
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$39
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Hammock’Sway
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Hammock’Sway
33 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents37 acres · Spencer, TNGet Lost or Find Yourself. Sway Camping is a private, Off Grid camping experience in Rock Island TN. Situated between Isha Yoga center, Fall Creek Falls, and Rock Island state park, this property is something special. Each campsite offers a private space perfect for getting away, or large enough for family and groups. Pet Friendly property with lots of room to be a part of nature along the beautiful Rocky River. Camp along the river or up in your own private forest. One of the darkets skies around so be ready for some stargazing at night by the fire. This is a property I purchased in 2018 to create a camping experience that reflected the image of camping as a kid. This isn’t a "hotel without walls." This is real camping. No phone signal. No electric wires. Just nature and beauty in a quiet environment. Get lost or find yourself relaxing along the Rocky River. Stay in a hammock, a tent, camper, RV, or one of our cabins. Privacy and freedom is what we are about. Pet friendly camping that should be shared, but please don't tell everyone you know. Only your favorite people.. Then come camp!
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$25
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The Hawk's Nest is tucked down in the woods on the edge of a field.
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The Home Place
9 sites · Lodging, RVs, TentsSparta, TNA beautiful farm passed on to us by our folks. We love to share it because we see it with new eyes when we show it to you. Large farm with walking trails, horses, dogs, chickens and a million fireflies in June! Come spend a night in the country! We have an organic garden world class salads you can create from fruits and vegetables. Good cell reception here. Pet fee $25 per pet. Great hikes, picnic areas, dogs to pet, bluegrass music sometimes, 2.5 miles from Burgess Falls, 12 min to Walmart.  We offer multiple cabins for rent, a lodge, or camp sites (both tent and RV spots available). Please read listing descriptions, as each listing is unique.  Guests love staying here: "I came up to Sparta, Tennessee to heal my lungs from the Red Tide. I definitely healed up well at Dan’s cabin in Sparta!! I loved writing music on my cabin porch looking at beautiful green hills with mini ponies roaming around!! The trails on the property were awesome! And at night i loved picking on the guitar with Dan and his family! They were so kind and real genuine people! I highly recommend this hip camp, he has multiple cabins, all unique and special! Plus its close to so many amazing state parks, waterfalls, and swimming holes!!!"
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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 StatesGreat 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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