The best camping near Tims Ford State Park

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Greeter Falls Campground

60 sites · RVs, Tents24 acres · Altamont, TN
Greeter 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 State Park 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 8 Furnished Yurts (Glamping) Sites– on Wooden Platforms with Porches: - 4 11' x 11' Square Military Style Command Tents - 4 16' x 16' Square Military Style Squad Tents 17 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 - 3 Deluxe Group/Family Tent Spots on Main Campus with wooden platforms 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/Apple Maps: Greeter Falls Campground. 180 Greeter Falls Road North, Altamont TN 37301 Thanks. We Look forward to seeing you soon!
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Cumberland Mountain Vista

4 sites · RVs, Tents8 acres · Pelham, TN
The best part about this site are the views! Relax on the side of the Cumberland Plateau while overlooking Burroughs Cove and the Elk River. There is an electrical box at each end of the graveled parking area (Sites 1 & 2) with 20 and 30 amp plugs. A water container with non-potable water is on site for your use. There is also an outhouse, picnic table, and a fire ring. We are located just minutes away from the The Caverns, South Cumberland State Park, Bigfoot Adventures, and many other attractions. The graveled camping area is fairly close to Hwy 50 so please expect to hear some road noise. Need firewood? Please let us know at least 48 hours prior to arrival and we can coordinate to have it delivered to your campsite before you arrive, enough wood for the night (and then some) $35.
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Rock Creek Wooded Campground

4 sites · Tents2 acres · Tullahoma, TN
Faye's place is located on Rock Creek Road, ten minutes from the amenities of Tullahoma, Tn. The area is agricultural, but maintains a majority of natural beauty. Our property is 90 acres, consisting of fields, hardwood forests, and Rock Creek. The campsite is next to small waterfalls that flow past soft grassy banks, under the shade of oak trees. The creek is wide and shallow and the waterfalls create a tranquil ambiance. We have chickens (no roosters), cats (only 3), and an abundance of natural wildlife. Feel at home at our home, where rural hospitality is our standard. Learn more about this land: The Rock Creek campground is located in a secluded wooden area by a flowing creek. The creek area is great for wading, exploring nature, and relaxing. The creek also includes small waterfalls.
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The Falls at Sewanee Creek

11 sites · Lodging, Tents45 acres · Tracy City, TN
45 private acres on our homestead for you to roam. Seven eclectic sites to choose from ranging from primitive camping to a lovely log cabin. All except the log cabin lovingly built by the owner, loaded with creative touches. Featuring: * Two gorgeous waterfalls. Each of our stay-sites are located within about 100-150 yards of Fifty-foot tall Miller’s Falls. * A large cave at the end of a short, but rugged hike. * A fairy Village filled with Hollow Oak Tree Fairy homes. The trees glow after dark. Magical. * Three acres for group camping centered on a well-equipped, covered outdoor kitchen. * Peaceful Meditation Retreats at the Outdoor Kitchen under brain-wave enhancing satellite dishes. * Certified Hypnotherapy Disclaimer: The flow of the waterfall is subject to fluctuations in temperature, seasonal droughts, & rain fall. The most favorable seasons for waterfall flow are fall, winter & early spring. We came to this magical place to found a self-reliant, homesteading eco-community when I retired from corporate life in 2006. It's called the Village on Sewanee Creek, named for the creek 800 feet below the bluff where we are located. 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. 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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Caney Hollow Creek Retreat

3 sites · RVs13 acres · Belvidere, TN
Escape the crowded, generic campgrounds on this rural property that is designed with RVs up to 45 ft in mind and enjoy the peaceful space. Learn more about this land: Out little slice of heaven has a beautiful spring fed creek and two large fields to play in. The creek can be waist deep in areas but mostly is good for sitting in and just relaxing. Extremely quiet on a dead end road. We have 5 bars of AT&T 5g cell service, Verizon can be hit or miss. All other cell services do not work. We love the creek and our secluded valley. Only a few farmers live down the road. This makes for a very private experience that can be naturalist / clothing optional friendly. The creek is secluded with plenty of trees to enjoy however you wish. Spaces are extremely level and there are good Satellite tv abilities. We have firewood on site and two stone fire pits. Nearby is a wonderful old grist mill, Tim's Ford state park, Tim's Ford lake, Jack Daniels Distillery and other attractions. We are also about 45 minutes from Huntsville, AL with the NASA Space and Science Center. Space #1 is closest to the road. Space #2 has a larger patio.  This retreat is the Perfect way to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, yet not too far away from essentials.  Hiking adventures nearby include University of the South Domain, Buggy Top, Walls Of Jerico and many more. 30 and 50 Amp pedestals at each site along with water and sewer hookups. Level sites.
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Running Water Creek

23 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents120 acres · Guild, TN
Running Water Creek is a unique, fully off grid campground just 20 minutes to downtown Chattanooga. We have 80+ campsites spread out over 120 acres. Most of the roads are accessible in any small car, but some roads require 4x4 (they're marked with a sign). We have a bath house with toilets, showers, and sinks and even offer hot water! Our well and cabins are all solar powered as we are not on the electric grid. Some info about the property: -we DO NOT have water or power hookups -we have gravel roads with a 5 MPH speed limit on the property (if you drive too fast the roads will seem rough) -we are right next to a highway and train tracks so there will be some noise (some days are better than others and we have no way of predicting how many trains will/will not go by) -none of our campsites have picnic tables (please plan accordingly) -most campsites have fire rings built, but if you choose a site without one you need to build your own
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St. Isidore Farm

2 sites · RVs, Tents20 acres · Hillsboro, TN
Learn more about this land: Camping area is the corner of a field under some oak trees near the lambing barn. Camping area is adjacent to peach and apple orchard. Terrain is a gentle grade knoll. Peaceful relaxing atmosphere.  Shepherd is on site daily for guided tours to experience farming life.
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The Bolo Club

60 sites · Tents5500 acres · Sherwood, TN
Our grandparents moved to the farm on Little Crow Creek on September 27, 1927 from up in Sinking Cove. They had six children with our dad, Charlie Jr., being one of them. Charlie Stubblefield Sr. was a very interesting man with a wide curiosity in just about anything that had to do with history, Indian artifacts, Civil War, fossils, oral history, religion and more. Therefore, the small museum on the property next to the pavilion is dedicated to our grandfather. Charlie Sr. and our grandmother served as Justices of the Peace for over 30 years. Further, our grandmother was the backbone of the family, and was a gracious lady with a special personality to handle the rigors of the day; we miss them both very much. The area has many interesting stories and legacies of characters of yesterday and today. Visiting The Bolo Club will be like stepping back in time to a slower pace where hopefully you will be able to enjoy the atmosphere and spirit of the farm.Learn more about this land:The Bolo Club has a unique combination of accommodations and activities, making it the perfect getaway. You owe it to yourself, so take the time to slow down, relax, and enjoy the sights, sounds, and atmosphere where country meets comfort! We have every type of camping you could ask for, from pitching your tent by the running creek to glamping it in The Lodge.
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2 sites · Lodging6 acres · Winchester, TN
We are 20 minutes from the town of Winchester or Tulahoma. There are several marinas and resteraunts that are on the lake.
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Broken Banjo

66 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents20 acres · Manchester, TN
The Broken Banjo RV park Come by way of Nashville or from Chattanooga – we’re halfway between, in the middle of the Secret Smokies, our name for a sequestered wonderland of waterfalls and caves, fantastic formations and bountiful wildlife. Enjoy swimming, splashing, fishing and lawn games, and campfires made for campfire songs. As many ways to stay as there are to play! From cabins to tepees and safari tents, plus campsites for your RV, trailer, or tent – if it’s camping and you want to try it, it’s here. The accommodations are ample, and we’re very strategic in locating the conveniences, close and easy to get to, whether you’re driving your home, pulling it or pitching it. All RV sites are pull-throughs with water, electric and sewer and 20/30/50-amp electric service options. Lodging options include: camping cabins, deluxe cabins, treehouse, teepee, glamping, covered wagon, patios. Individual tent sites: pond side, creek side and wooded, include pond side grass and sand pads, service options.
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Fireside Camp + Lodge

41 sites · Lodging, Tents22 acres · Sequatchie, TN
Tucked away on Sequatchie Mountain, this little campground and hostel invites you to experience some of East Tennessee's best parks for climbing and hiking. Cliffs and waterfalls are minutes away at near by Foster Falls, Denny Cove and Castle Rock. The hostel offers 3 bedrooms, fast internet, complete kitchen, comfortable beds, smart TV, fire pit, and laundry. The campground offers dispersed sites with fire pits and picnic tables, as well as clean bathrooms and a communal barn with a microwave, fridge, games, tables and chairs. You can walk our 22 acres and even take a short hike out to our bluff. Make sure to say "Hi" to our chickens and our barn cat, Strawberry, on the way. Add in the view of the stars and that makes this the perfect basecamp after a long day out.
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South Suckcreek Campground

20 sites · RVs, Tents22 acres · Chattanooga, TN
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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The best camping near Tims Ford State Park guide

Overview

About

Located on Tennessee’s Tims Ford Reservoir, this 2,200-acre park is famed for its water, offering boating, kayaking, swimming, and fishing. There’s also plenty to keep you busy on dry land, with 6.5 miles of unpaved hiking trails in addition to the 22 miles of biking and hiking trails winding along the reservoir’s shoreline. Keep your eyes peeled and your binoculars handy for spotting local wildlife, including bald eagles. And if golf’s your game, tee off on the course, which has water views at each of its 18 holes.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for RVs: The Main Campground can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet in length.
  • Best for seclusion: The park has six paddle-in campsites on their own small islands.
  • Best for backpackers: Opt for the hike-in or paddle-in Evans Loop Backcountry Campsite.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Booking in advance is recommended and can be easily done online or by phone up to one year in advance.
  2. Reservations are required for hike-in and paddle-in sites.
  3. Same-day booking is not available online—only by phone.
  4. Double-check your dates before booking—a non-refundable booking fee is charged.

When to go

Tims Ford State Park is open year-round and most popular in the summer months, which see lots of visitors cooling off in the reservoir and seasonally open, Olympic-sized swimming pool. Fall’s rich hues of red and orange are also popular—the foliage typically lasts from early October to early November with colors peaking in late October.

Know before you go

  • You can rent pontoon boats, kayaks, and canoes at the Lake View Marina, which also has a snack bar, bait shop, and fish-cleaning area. 
  • Visit the park’s camp store for gear, snacks, and supplies.
  • Pets are welcome as long as you supervise your animal at all times and have proof of a rabies shot. Pets are not allowed in park buildings or swimming areas.
  • Only certified heat-treated firewood is allowed to enter the park as outside firewood.

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