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Running Water Creek

89%
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· Guild, Tennessee
120 acres
22 sites
2 Lodging
20 RV/Tent
Running Water Creek gets it's name from the Running Water Creek that runs through the property. Originally, Cherokee war Chief Dragging Canoe lived at Running Water Town. He and his Cherokee followers were opposed to European-American settlement in their lands so they moved to more distant areas of the frontier to avoid the Americans. The community of Whiteside developed later at this site, named for a major railway investor, Colonel James Whiteside. Shortly before the Civil War, a railway was constructed in this area, which Colonel Whiteside was a major stockholder. It took over construction of what is known as Whiteside Tunnel in 1858. After the tunnel was abandoned, because of changes in rail standards and patterns of use, it was donated in 1968 to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. The Whiteside Tunnel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, as NRHP 78002595. The tunnel can still be seen along GA-299. The Whiteside trestle bridge was constructed on another part of the route. Confederate troops destroyed it during the Civil War, but Union forces rebuilt the Whiteside trestle in 1863, for what was then known as the Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad. This structure washed away in a flood in 1867, and the next bridge lasted until 1924.
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Guild, Tennessee, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Thomas M.Joined in September 2021
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121 ratings · 95 reviews
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Dominique R.recommends
January 19, 2023
Running Water Creek Campgroud
The Reid’s 🚂
Came for the trains & will be back again.! My children loved going walking making their own adventures. My son got a chance to grab and cut firewood. We learned about rescued bees. I got the chance to speak with Red Beard and learned some history. We got caught in the rain so movement was minimum. Learned there is a natural spring near by & I look forward to walking the tracks when we return.! Bathrooms were clean, extremely peaceful and I look forward to returning.! We danced by the fire and laughed all night.! Come prepared with your own food & pack a trash bag to clean up behind yourself .! See y’all again soon 🖤
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Gabe L.recommends
January 7, 2023
Running Water Creek Campgroud
Awesome camp ground! Will be staying next time we get up this way!
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Aly G.recommends
January 2, 2023
Mountainside Tiny A-Frame
Cozy New Years Getaway
Was a really quiet and enjoyable stay. Decided to get away from home for a bit while visiting some friends in Chatt and this was a perfect spot for it all. Thomas was super accommodating with me having to change my booking from a campsite to a cabin last minute when I realized the weather was a bit questionable. The blankets provided in the cabin kept me really warm and I didn’t need the space heater throughout my visit. The firewood bundle that I received was really generous and I wish I had made more use of it while out there.
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Erin D.recommends
January 1, 2023
Running Water Creek Campgroud
We used this site as a pitstop on a long trip so we arrived and left in the dark. I can't speak to the views but the campsites and bathhouse were well kept. The campground is difficult to navigate in the dark so I'd recommend arriving when there is still daylight. If you have a low profile car, take it easy, our Honda Fit made it through the terrain just fine. The host, Thomas, was very kind over messages. We will definitely be returning so we can enjoy the views.
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Taylor M.recommends
December 18, 2022
Running Water Creek Campgroud
Amazing site up on the hill, bath house was great and clean. Generous amount of fire wood for the price, 2-3 bundles worth. The train was a bit annoying, but you are camping, so something has to wake you up for it to be real camping. A bit hard to navigate, but great otherwise!
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Kira P.
December 3, 2022
Running Water Creek Campgroud
disappointed
If you asked me on day one or two this review would of been better. Third day, I guess the host, he never introduced himself or made conversation, accused us of using 1600 gallons of water and hiding people in our camper. Ridiculous claims since we each only took one shower the whole time we were there. So “bath house on site” is technically true, but they don’t actually want you to use it. He was very rude and unwelcoming and really ruined my whole day after being treated that way. I was extremely uncomfortable, especially since it was mentioned how many times we went to the bathroom and I did not feel comfortable with someone watching me and my two young daughters in that way. The accusation was false but if handled better it would have made all the difference on our experience. I will not stay here again, which is sad because the property was nice and we enjoyed the dog. There is a train that passes right next to it every few hour even through the night, so keep that in mind if that’s something that bothers you.
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Belinda R.recommends
November 27, 2022
Running Water Creek Campgroud
Camp sites nice and spread out. Clean bath house. Plenty of beautiful lush forest. Train traffic was annoying but otherwise great atay
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Angelique R.
November 27, 2022
Running Water Creek Campgroud
The host is very nice and accommodating! It is about 15min from Ruby Falls and Rock City Gardens. The campground is nice and large with a good selection of spots. The bathhouse is also very nice and there’s a pavilion and grill if you need it. The creek was dried up and I found a few fossils in it! The only downside to this campsite is the occasional trains running next to it.
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Andy B.recommends
November 26, 2022
Running Water Creek Campgroud
Great place! Will return!
Great camp experience! Thomas , (owner) was pleasant to talk to on the phone and has a place with great potential! Didn't get to meet him in person, maybe next time. Met Don, lives on property, and maintains the grounds etc. He went out of his way to greet us, share experiences about the campground, and was extremely kind, very positive about life, and willing to help in any way! Great guy.! Thanks Don!! We explored the entire campground, pulling our small overland trailer. Some areas are only accessible in a short wheelbase 4x4,, awesome!!! Met the local dog. Janice the bloodhound, hung out with us most of the time. Took walks with us, played fetch with sticks etc, and has quite a bit of spunk, for being so chill, and slow moving! Then met, Choca, very timid at first but quickly warmed up and was a loving sweet dog who loved attention. Both were around a quite a bit, but did lay down in the edge of the woods and kept to themselves , while still being close. We could hear the traffic on the interstate, but was more like white noise in the distance, wasn't too bad, and didn't notice it alot of the time . Did have some trains come through, but didn't bother us to much. Definitely recommend this place for tents, overlanders, and smaller RVs. Also had a couple small a-frame cabins for rent too. Had nice bathhouse with actual toilets ,showers and plumbing. New ownership is continuing to upgrade, and make new sites etc . Great experience and we will be back!!
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Keri S.recommends
November 15, 2022
Running Water Creek Campgroud
Thomas is a cool dude, went out of his way to make me feel at home. He hosted and led a Toyota offroad trip and everyone had a great time. Bathrooms have showers and the facilities are nice. I slept in a rooftop tent but there are cabins and shelters available. Would not hesitate to stay there again.
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Scott T.recommends
November 14, 2022
Running Water Creek Campgroud
Basic, Woodsy, Just Right
Enjoyed our stay at Running Water. Great hosts, warm firepit, and friendly dogs. The bathrooms were heated and clean. We set up our tent in the big open field and it was flat enough for comfortable bedding and a small kitchen setup. Would definitely return!
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Matt V.recommends
November 13, 2022
Running Water Creek Campgroud
Amazing property
Great host! Lots of options for small and large group camps. Amenities were top notch! Will be returning in the future.
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Jorge M.recommends
November 13, 2022
Running Water Creek Campgroud
Land is secure, has open space to set up camp, and very clean. The host Thomas was very helpful and made our time there very enjoyable. He's a local so ask him about off road trails and about history of the land.
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Kevin B.recommends
November 13, 2022
Creekside Tiny A-frame Glamp Site
Great experience, I definitely will be back sometime soon!
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Christian M.recommends
November 5, 2022
Running Water Creek Campgroud
Chattanooga Fall Camping
Nice area with clean restrooms and showers. Would stay there again when in the area.
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Mae T.recommends
November 2, 2022
Running Water Creek Campgroud
Love this place. It is definitely our favorite local spot. I love that it's not the typical paved loop style campground. There are so many quirky spots tucked away in the woods, all really decent sizes. You're not on top of your neighbors. It's fun to explore the grounds. The ONLY downside is that it's so close to the train tracks. But even as a light sleeper, it still doesn't bother me that much because the experience as a whole there is always great. There's a really sweet bloodhound named Janice that lives nearby and will come and greet you. She is awesome, but if you have a dog that wouldn't do well with a strange off-leash dog, use caution.
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Nai A.recommends
October 29, 2022
Mountainside Tiny A-Frame
Nice place and view
Nice place and quiet. Will go back again in the future
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Kenny E.recommends
October 27, 2022
Creekside Tiny A-frame Glamp Site
Great experience
The dogs Janice & choco are amazing & great snuggles. We also loved red beard & his ability to move a train with a phone call he had great knowledge of the mountain & local area. The glamp site was so comfy & cozy.
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Kenny E.recommends
October 27, 2022
Creekside Tiny A-frame Glamp Site
Great place!
I loved the land & small town feeling of the campsite. Red beard was amazing & a true legend moving a train with a phone call. Amazing dogs, super friendly & great snuggle buddy's. I would recommend 10 out of 10. Glamp site was great with everything needed. Can't wait to visit again soon
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Judy W.recommends
October 24, 2022
Running Water Creek Campgroud
We had a great stay on Thomas's land in our small travel trailer. The campsites were all very private. We and our dog enjoyed our daily visits from Janice the bloodhound. Looking forward to a return visit.
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Holly L.
October 21, 2022
Running Water Creek Campgroud
Great except for the nearby trains
The area was a great space, picking your own site and seems like all had a fire ring. The bath house was also convenient. The downside was its location close to the train tracks; it was impossible to sleep through the night as the train came through multiple times blasting its horn. If you bring earplugs plus are a deep sleeper, maybe you won’t have any troubles. If the train wasn’t running, it would have been an excellent experience, but obviously there isn’t anything they can do about the train schedule.
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Chris G.recommends
October 20, 2022
Running Water Creek Campgroud
Wonderful time with the kids!
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Sally B.doesn't recommend
October 18, 2022
Running Water Creek Campgroud
Difficult access
Would have appreciated a warning on access across railroad tracks. It was rougher than expected, glad I did not have a trailer as originally planned. Blew out a tire and damaged a rim which was expensive. Was not a peaceful place to rest due to the frequent screeching of trains on the tracks.
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Tj G.recommends
October 16, 2022
Running Water Creek Campgroud
Relaxing,simple getaway
I love the campsite. And amenities. Great little getaway
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Jordan M.recommends
October 15, 2022
Running Water Creek Campgroud
Camping with Clyde
Was a great time with friends. Clyde was the sweetest thing on the planet. We loved hanging out with they.
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Dalia W.
October 11, 2022
Running Water Creek Campgroud
Great views and trains
We loved the camping experience! The trains overnight and throughout the day definitely took away some of the nature experience.
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Will J.recommends
October 10, 2022
Running Water Creek Campgroud
Great spot if you know what to expect! Yes, you can hear trains and some interstate noise. This was no problem for us so we really enjoyed our night on the property. Spots were well spaced and we felt very secluded from other campers. Bathrooms were very clean. Would definitely stay again!
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Rachel S.recommends
October 10, 2022
Running Water Creek Campgroud
Absolutely LOVED our stay at Running Waters Campground! We came in after the sun went down and we had a hard time finding the markings for the spots, so I recommend getting there before dark if you can. But other than that, we absolutely loved the grounds and felt super safe. The bathhouse was clean and had super hot showers, which was a godsend on those 40 degree mornings! We also adored the resident pup, Rosie! She was so sweet and tried to “show” us a spot when we were searching the first night. She’d stop by in the evenings and mornings to see what we were up to and get some lovin, then she’d go check on the other campers. Such a sweet girl! All in all, a wonderful weekend getaway to unplug and unwind. We will definitely be back!
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Morgan V.
October 10, 2022
Running Water Creek Campgroud
Very quaint and cozy… our only reservations would be the proximity to the train and highway all night. Had a friendly blood hound that would check on us every now and then!
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Hannah P.recommends
October 9, 2022
Running Water Creek Campgroud
Great camping! A sweet oasis so close to Chattanooga where we could meet up with family. Two things to note is that there is a train that comes regularly and the interstate is close by. But easy to tone out when you are enjoying the area!
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