The best camping near Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

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Clayton Geneva Memorial Camp Ground

25 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents18 acres · Williamsburg, KY
Thank you for considering Clayton Geneva memorial campground for your camping trip. Please read the entire description including our rules and regulations. Also be sure to view the site map. The gravel driveway to the sites is passable with any vehicle As long as the vehicle Does not have an aftermarket lowered profile or entirely overloaded with gear. We offer camping ranging from primitive tent sites, to an actual cabin. Hikers, kayakers, canoes, Horses and riders welcome, located a couple miles from Daniel Boone National Forrest, seemingly endless trails through some of the most beautiful country. Bring your canoe and kayaks. Located 16 miles from Cumberland Falls State Park. Located 11 miles from Sheltowee Trade Adventure Park. Located 11 miles from Kentucky Splash Water Park. 11 miles from The Mint Casino!! Clayton Geneva Camp Ground began as a retreat for our family since the 70's. My grandparents, Donald Clayton Russell & Jewel Geneva (Davis) Russell, purchased this little piece of heaven to get away from the hustle and bustle of Cincinnati life. Judy was born in a little cabin just down the road. Judy & Don along with many family members have made cherished memories here over the years. We want to share its beauty with you and your family. Guests love staying here "We stayed in Birdsong cabin for the Halloween campout weekend. The cabin was ready for us upon arrival and very clean. We enjoyed the privacy of our covered porch and fire ring. The bird feeders hanging all around the cabin are wonderful to watch all the birds during the day. The community fire ring is close enough to enjoy with other campers, but not to close that we could hear anyone in our cabin. Amber and Michael checked on our needs many times during our stay. They hosted a chili cook-off that we greatly enjoyed and passed out candy to all the kids. Overall a great time and experience. We will stay here again."
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Patrick's Point River Camp

70 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents212 acres · Williamsburg, KY
Looking for a quiet peaceful camp on 212 acres in the Appalachians Mountains along side the Upper Cumberland River under a canopy of shade trees? We offer WIFI, hot showers, restrooms, kayaks, shuttle service, hiking trail, horse trail, wildlife stands, electric, water, easy access to the river, 130’ x 100’ covered pavilion, tent camping, cabins, RV sites, and much more. Whether you are looking for a unique swimming hole location, a place to go fishing, kayak access, hiking trails or just a quiet place to enjoy your morning cup of coffee, we promise you will not be disappointed. You may wish to lay in a hammock along the river or under our covered 100 x 130 pavilion. We also have a beautiful creek to explore, very secluded and off the beaten path with lots of wildlife to enjoy. In addition to our relaxing atmosphere, this camp will also give you and your loved ones an incredible view to enjoy throughout your stay. Only 15.0mi via KY-90W by vehicle, 14mi by kayak to Cumberland Falls State Park with many hiking trails. One of the oldest original homesteads in the area, for nearly 150 years this gem has been in the family. We have shared it with many people over the years and would love to share it with you! These beloved woods are the remaining part of the once vast, Patrick homestead-started soon after the Revolutionary War. Our family ties and our roots grow very deeply along this river and these woods-we've been born and raised here and continue to strive to be good stewards of these lands. Pristine woods, trails, river access, and more! Located in the heart of the Appalachian and on the bank of the Upper Cumberland River. A truly tranquil place to enjoy exclusively, or to use as a basecamp for the unlimited adventures possible in this scenic area. Welcome and enjoy!
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The Harrican Lakehouse

2 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents200 acres · KY
There is a lot of history in this land. It's been in my family for over a hundred years. They worked the land with their hands and so have I. It's a special place. Come see for your yourself and be our guest at The Harrican! Learn more about this land: Unplug and unwind at this two story cabin built right on the water in the heart of the Kentucky Wildlands! Even though there is complete peaceful seclusion it does get a little noisy when the bullfrogs start their evening ritual. There is a dock and pier perfect for fishing or swimming. Firepit, grill with gas provided, two boats, fishing poles, lots of seating on the wrap around porch, two bedrooms; one with a queen bed and the other with two twin beds and just lots of natural beauty and peace! The BIG update everyone has been waiting for; the plumbing and electricity are now complete! We have all the ammenities to make your stay comfoetable and relaxing! Early and late check in and check out options available when availability exists the day before or after your booked stay. Thank you for interest in the Harrican Lakehouse!
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Waterloo Falls

2 sites · Lodging, Tents10 acres · Cookeville, TN
The Property: Located north of Cookeville in the rolling hills and farmland, our property is on Spring Creek, a state scenic river. Situated between two waterfalls and featuring over half a mile of river frontage to explore. Float, fish and relax listening to the cascading water. Perfect for bird watchers- blue and green herons, ospreys, hawks, bald eagles and more. You may spot the creek critters- minks, beavers, and otters. Various types of bass, craw dad's and minnows are in the creek. We operate similar to a state park. We are open to the public from 10am-7pm, peak season. We have other listings that are spaced so each of our guests has privacy. Please see aerial photo for an overview. We sometimes have small events (birthday parties, ect) at the pavilion. Please feel free to message us first, if you would like to see if there are any events during your stay. There are 2 restrooms centrally located at the pavilion. One bathroom has a shower with hot water, soap, shampoo/conditioner included. The restrooms are shared with our other listings. There are USB and regular outlets in the pavilion and WiFi. During warm season the outdoor kitchen is available as well. We also rent out a Suite which is located above the pavilion. Quiet hours are 10pm-8am. Pets are welcome as long as they are leashed and picked up after. Please note there is a gun range 2 hollers away and depending on the season, it can be heard from our property. Tent in the Trees Listing: Your tent site is built above the trail and overlooking the creek. The tent is equipped with a queen bed, linens, and extra blankets. Your essential cooking gear (plates, utensils, cups, cookware, french press, coffee and 1 burner camp stove). There is a fire pit with grill and griddles for cooking over wood or charcoal. We supply fire wood for you and you're welcome scavange the wood nearby. Really, all you need is clothes, food and drink! Primitive Camp Site: The rustic camp site is DIY. It is 300' from pavilion, and 600' from Tent in the Trees. We provide a picnic table and fire pit with wood. You bring all the rest of your gear. Typically, you may park next to your campsite. If you have forgotten any gear, please ask us. We have some supplies available for rent. No RV's, converted vans are permitted. If you have a very small camper, please message us to see if we can accommodate. There are no hookups, and no loud generators allowed. Escape in nature and sleep soundly to the sounds of the creek!
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Teamwork D.’s Land

4 sites · Tents150 acres · Somerset, KY
We saw this land and immediately thought this is our Eden and now we want to share it with you.
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Shiloh @ Watts Bar Tent Campsite

1 site · RV, Tent3 acres · Rockwood, TN
Find peace at this private campsite close to Watts Bar Lake. Nestled in the tall trees, your large, private site features a fire pit, picnic table, and a “Tennessee Bathroom.” Site is nearly 100% shaded all day long. The area is surprisingly quiet. Deer, turkey, turtles, frogs, and cardinals have all been seen on the property. Before you exit your tent in the morning, stay quiet and look out first - who knows what you might see. Parking is right next to the site. Watts Bar Lake is within a few hundred yards and a public boat ramp is just about 3 minutes down the road. Watts Bar is over 72 miles long, 722 miles of shoreline, and is known for good fishing, kayaking, birdwatching, and other recreation. This is a good base for day trips to Knoxville, Chattanooga, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Smoky Mountain National Park. Note: Bring your own tent/supplies, or options include tent and/or propane tank rental. Pack out your own food, animal, and human waste. As this is private property, it is still the woods of Tennessee, so expect all that goes along with that. This property is in development, so added lodging and amenities will come on line in the future. We welcome your feedback. Enjoy the Tennessee peace and tranquility for one night or more!
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Camping at Redtail Farm

1 site · RV, Tent10 acres · Powell, TN
Learn more about this land: Forest, creek side camping in a Tennessee 'holler'. Come relax at our campsite next to a flowing creek and enjoy a nice fire in the fire ring. Great site for car, van, and small RV camping. Composting toilet on site. Primitive campsite, currently no other amenities available. Veteran owned and operated.
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Laurel Creek Campground

21 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents12 acres · Jamestown, TN
We have a beautiful, wooded campground with w/e campsites, full hookup, primitive sleeping cabins, 1 bed/1 bath cabins, and a 3 bedroom/2 bath trailer! We have a beautiful inground pool reserved for campers only, two waterfalls on sight, free wifi, and just minutes from both Big South Fork National Recreation Area and Pickett State Forest! We are pet friendly and never charge extra for your furr babies!
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Awakening Adventures

16 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents42 acres · Grandview, TN
Welcome to our serene and rejuvenating private getaway nestled within 42 acres of forested beauty. The Sanctuary offers an unparalleled experience where nature meets comfort, allowing you and your group to unwind and reconnect with the tranquil surroundings. During the month of July 2024 we are setting up a 100ft Slip-N-Slide for our guests to enjoy and beat the summer heat!! Also we have added multiple tree swings throughout the forest. We are uniquely situated on the edge of the Tennessee Cumberland Plateau and the Tennessee river valley. We are currently offering 4 treehouse dwellings to share our peaceful land full of God's promises. The dwellings are spaced far enough apart for privacy yet not to far of a walk to the common area where the kitchen and shower are. You'll be surprised at how cool the tents stay under the forest canopy in the heat of summer. Then in the colder months we have various heating options to keep you cozy in 3 of the dwellings I hope you come to share this with us, it's an amazingly peaceful area. Nearly 3 miles of hiking trails to enjoy during your visit. Take a spur trail off the main trail loop and there is a prayer shelter with a fire pit inspired by Luke 6:12 in the back corner of the property. The latest improvement is a sunrise/sunset/bird-watching platform that is 20 feet in the air with a 2 stage bridge to access it. We updated the outdoor kitchen with a 3 burner propane stove and running water. Other cooking options include a tripod over the fire and a charcoal grill. A short 10 minute drive to firetower rd brings you to a 2 mile loop trail with 2 waterfalls, Upper and Lower Piney Falls. Ozone falls is just a 20 minute drive. Then toward Spring City is Stinging Fork Falls at 25 minutes. The Hiking possibilities are nearly endless and close. I'll highlight one thru hike here since both trailheads are only 20 minutes away and is easy to coordinate with only 2 vehicles. It's a 10.2 mile hike that can be done in either direction and has a little something for everyone including a cave, boulder field, cascade and waterfall. Then you have massive Watts Bar Lake which is only 20 minutes away with a plethora of activities including the excursions we offer! We look forward to hosting you!
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The Harrican

7 sites · RVs, Tents200 acres · KY
Learn more about this land:This is a beautiful 200 acre farm that has been in my family for over 100 years. My father (at age 93) still harvests hay on 100 of the acres twice annually. Primitive campsites range from soft and scenic rolling fields with mountainous backdrops to completely wooded areas with the wild Rockastle River within 1 mile from the property. Discover a rare campsite available between two cliffs that the Native Americans originally called home. It remains just as they found it. There is an easily accessible large flat cliff area perfect for multiple tents and campfires! However, if a little more comfort is your style, you can unplug and unwind in a two story cabin located on a beautiful and secluded 2 acre pond with a dock and pier that can be reserved for $85 nightly. I classify the Lakehouse Cabin as primitive glamping! Wildlife is present every single day! We are near two Wildlife management reserve areas and completely surrounded by the Daniel Boone National Forrest. Deer, turkey and so much more can be observed daily in their natural habitat. This is truly an amazing and rare gem right here in our beloved Bluegrass State!
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Spacious Skies Belle Ridge - RV/Tent Sites

55 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Monterey, TN
Escape to Spacious Skies Belle Ridge, your ultimate Tennessee adventure destination! Nestled in the heart of the Cumberland Plateau, our expansive property offers a unique blend of RV camping, glamping, and thrilling outdoor experiences. Hike miles of trails to discover cascading waterfalls and hidden caves, cool off in our natural swimming hole, or cast a line in the secluded fishing spot. We offer spacious, full hook-up RV sites for rigs of all sizes, ensuring a comfortable stay. Embrace the beauty of Tennessee – adventure and relaxation await at Belle Ridge. Spacious Skies Belle Ridge is committed to providing a fun, relaxing, and authentic campground experience while prioritizing the safety of our guests. With that in mind, we have decided to close our on-site UTV trails. We encourage our campers to take advantage of the many, many other wonderful opportunities on the campground for adventure and connection with nature. Picture yourself waking to breathtaking ridge views, the fresh scent of the forest, and the promise of endless exploration. At Spacious Skies Belle Ridge, your Tennessee adventure starts the moment you arrive. Explore miles of trails revealing hidden waterfalls and fascinating caves. Take a refreshing dip in our natural spring-fed swimming hole or try your luck at the secluded fishing spot – all just steps from your cozy cabin or spacious RV site. We cater to campers and RVers of all kinds! Our full hook-up sites accommodate even the biggest rigs, with both shady and open options. Enjoy modern amenities nestled within the tranquility of nature. Experience the best of Tennessee’s outdoor playground – the vibrant town of Cookeville is just a short drive away, while our campground offers the perfect escape from the everyday. Don’t just dream about your next adventure, make it a reality! Spacious Skies Belle Ridge is where unforgettable memories are made. Discover the unique blend of relaxation and exploration that awaits – reserve your spot today and let the Tennessee magic unfold.
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Camp David on Cumberland Plateau

1 site · Lodging20 acres · Crab Orchard, TN
Nestled against the 96,000-acre Cataoosa Wildlife Management Area is our quiet, 20-acre wooded, off-grid cabin camping experience drenched in nature. The cabin easily sleeps 4, with a pull-out futon to support one additional guest. The beautiful covered porch is the best spot to hang out, observe the local wildlife, listen to the sounds of the creek, and enjoy the mountain breeze. There is an additional sun deck for soaking up the rays during the day, or star watching at night. Situated against Steep Bluff Branch Creek on Luper Mountain in the Crab Orchard, TN, you'll be close to two Cumberland Trail Trailheads and the amazing 110ft Ozone Falls. Our off-grid cabin is a simple nest for entertaining family and friends, playing cards, corn-hole, or just sit around and enjoy the campfire. Be sure to pick up a S’more’s kit. There are so much more to be seen and activities on the Plateau such as hiking, swimming, kayaking, fishing, and off-road 4wheeling just to name a few.
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The best camping near Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area guide

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Calling all white-water paddlers, mountain chasers, trout lov’n anglers, bicyclists, and fans of southern hospitality, it’s time for you to discover the hidden gem of the Smokies. The Big South Fork Recreation Area spans 125,000 acres of scenic gorges, sandstone bluffs, and ancient forests. Dive into to the many pristine streams that flow into the Cumberland River, or explore an array of trails and caves. Only a stone’s throw from Knoxville and a pleasant drive from Asheville, this recreational bliss can be all yours! And with ample campgrounds, you’ll want to grab your tent, rugged old boots, and a bottle of Jack, 'cause you're gonna stay awhile.

When to go

The ideal time to visit Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the natural beauty is at its peak. Summer offers full access to all activities but can be quite warm. Winters are less crowded but may have limited access due to weather conditions.

Know before you go

  • Check the park's website for alerts on current conditions and closures before your visit.
  • Wear appropriate footwear and gear for rugged outdoor activities such as hiking and rock climbing.
  • Cell service may be limited, so plan accordingly and inform someone of your itinerary.
  • Be mindful of park rules, especially if you're bringing a pet; the BARK Ranger program can guide you.
  • Remember to pack out all trash and respect the park's conservation efforts.

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