Hipcamp host Cindy K.,
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Pitch your tent and enjoy the beauty of nature near many hiking trails, lakes and a small town that hosts many quaint eateries and local arts.

Located directly across from Camp Mountain Lake Retreats, Basecamp is a 6 tent camp site reclaimed from the original horse stable and riding ring.. Started by Colonel Reynolds in 1947 every summer it was opened for campers from

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Pitch your tent and enjoy the beauty of nature near many hiking trails, lakes and a small town that hosts many quaint eateries and local arts.

Located directly across from Camp Mountain Lake Retreats, Basecamp is a 6 tent camp site reclaimed from the original horse stable and riding ring.. Started by Colonel Reynolds in 1947 every summer it was opened for campers from all over the United States. Coach Moore, of Sewanee, the University of the South, took over in the early 1980's. My husband Charles Kildgore, was a counselor in training in 1974. The local law enforcement holds the gun permit classes here 2 Saturday's a month./p>

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
6 sites
Up to 5 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Have a question? Send Cindy a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 25% off

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Biking on the one way state park roadway is available. Mount Goat bikeway begins close by in Mount Eagle, TN.

Boating

Kayaks, canoes (all non-motorized boats} are allowed on the lake

Hiking

Fantastic hiking in the area includes, Grundy Lakes State Park, The Firey Gizzard, The Stone Door State Park, Greeter Falls and...Read more

Fishing
Paddling
Wind sports
Climbing
Swimming
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Basecamp at Camp Mtn. Lake Retreats in Tennessee.

Cave

The Cavarns near by offer a cave tour and also a cave for a music venue (Bluegrass underground)

Lake

Grundy Lakes State Park surrounds the property

Swimming hole
Waterfall
Driveway

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Hipcamper Joseph

Daddy daughter camping done right.

Joseph C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 7th, 2021

Nice campground. Great bathrooms. Helpful hosts. Lake swimming ten minutes walk down the road. Historical hike right out of the gate. Dog friendly. Fun hikes a short drive away. Pretty much ticks all the boxes. Will stay with these folks again.

Hipcamper Darcy
Darcy J.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 31st, 2021

I love this campsite! This was my second time camping here. Cindy is a very responsive host and made it clear she was there for whatever we might need! This campsite feels spaced out and intimate at the same time. Such a beautiful space and just a few minutes walk from a lake with a beach for swimming, an easy hiking trail surrounding, and fishing. It was a little too cold for swimming in the creek but we had a wonderful time looking at the nature surrounding the lake and hanging out at the campsite! You really feel secluded while still knowing you’re just a short distance from town. Thanks Cindy!

Hipcamper Joshua

Unclean and miscommunication

Joshua S.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 19th, 2020

There was no one to pick up the excess of trash from the previous group which was 40 kids I was told. In addition to that Saturday first thing in the morning there was a safety course for Hancones scheduled through the local police department which we were not aware of or we would’ve camp somewhere else. My kids are terrified had I had known in advance I probably could’ve dealt with it and been off at the lake but I was not notified When it comes to camping spaces especially tent camping there are expectations to be upheld and I feel that the property owner has some serious work to do in that area when it comes to camping spaces especially tent camping there are expectations to be upheld and I feel that the property owner has some serious work to do in that area Especially at the premium rate they are asking

Hipcamper Sarah

Dirty and unsafe

Sarah T.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 18th, 2020

We showed up Friday evening and the bathrooms were dirty, the trash full, and the free firewood was used up. No one came the entire time to clean or check on anything. There were only 3 picnic tables and one was by the bathrooms so only 2 for use at sites (for a 6 site campground). There's only one firepit total. For $50 per night would expect more. The cherry on the top is that the stables where people camp and the bathroom are located (50 feet from children camping in the grass) is also a shooting range. 20 cops showed up and shot clip after clip for 2 hours. One gentlemen with children mentioned to the owner that he was upset and the owner basically said you can leave if you want.

Hipcamper Cindy
Response from Cindy, the Host, on October 21st, 2020

We are so sorry that Joshua had this experience at our camp! We are working to ensure this is a one time event. We had informed all of the other campers of the utilization of the last 3 bays by law enforcement. I had not updated Joshua and I am truly sorry that he experienced this. We have worked with Joshua through Hiocamp and hope this has helped with his unhappy stay. We also take his suggestions seriously and are taking additional steps for check in with guests.

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Hipcamper Sarah

Convenient and cool

Sarah F.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 13th, 2020

This place is so cool for those who want to check out the world-class hiking trails in south cumberland.

The base camp is separate (across the road) from the main old summer camp campus, in a little glen next to the old stables. Unlike other campsites on Hipcamp, this is super easy to find, right off the road and literally two miles away from a grocery store. It also has HOT WATER showers and toilets. I would probably describe it as a hyper-mini version of a primitive state park campground (which i've been avoiding due to coronavirus)

I've seen other reviews that didn't like the proximity to the road. I thought it was useful. Also, the road isn't a highway -- it's a small country road where maybe a few cars go by an hour. At night you can hear great horned owls hooting at each other. Very cool.

Also recommend checking out the old summer camp that's being rehabbed across the road!

Hipcamper Noey

Perfect campsite for birthday trip

Noey N.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 8th, 2020

Amazing stay with a small group of friends and a couple dogs. There was only one other couple there so we had half of the place to ourselves. Was so nice to be camping somewhere beautiful, wooded, and rustic, but still have nice amenities like clean bathrooms, hot water, great drinking water, and electricity. It was also perfect for dogs because they could roam freely. We will absolutely be back!

Hipcamper Connor

Great camping experience

Connor E.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 6th, 2020

We enjoyed our camping experience at Camp Mountain Lake Retreats and would definitely go back. The hosts were very nice and accommodating.

Hipcamper Donna

Nice spot!

Donna S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 29th, 2020

Everything we needed for a comfortable stay. The weather had been rainy, so that affected the firewood-it was pretty damp. We managed fine. There was only one other family on site, which was nice- if every space had been filled it might have been a little cramped. Lots of owls hooting in the evening- nice touch. There is a store up the road if needed. I would stay again!

Hipcamper Lindsay
Lindsay F.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 28th, 2020

We had a great time at Camp Mountain Lake, but there are a few things I wish I knew before we arrived. First - the site is situated near a reasonably busy country road, making it less remote than I was expecting. We heard cars through the night. Second - it's a pretty small campground with six campsites.. There was only one other group while we were there so it did not feel over-crowded; however, if it had been at capacity it would have been WAY too crowded. Definitely ask how many other groups will be there before you book. In my view, more than 2 other groups would be too many. Finally, we were very disappointed to learn that there was a gun permitting class being held on the property while we were there. Part of the campsite is occasionally used as a gun range and we would NOT have booked this site had we known it would be in use while we were there. We found out the night before that the class was going to happen, which annoyed us and made us feel unsafe. (We were traveling with our three children, so we felt we needed to be gone from the campsite for the duration of the class.)

For the positives - the location of the camp site is great. You are not far from Tracy City or Monteagle if you need to access civilization. We had two great day hikes at Fiery Gizzard and Foster Falls and both trailheads were very close by. Also, the bathrooms at the camp site are AMAZING! Very clean, with hot showers. We were really pleased by that. Ultimately, we justified the high price of the campsite because the bathrooms were so nice. (But it was expensive!)

Overall - we'd go back if we weren't able to get into the state park campgrounds again.

Property
Camp Mountain Lake Retreats
State
Tennessee
Country
United States
$50/night
6 Sites