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Camp on your own private island! We only allow one group at a time, so once you book, the island is all yours.

Maclellan Island is a unique 18.8-acre wildlife sanctuary situated in the middle of the Tennessee River, in the heart of downtown Chattanooga. It is accessible by water only. The island is home to a great diversity of plants, animals, and birds.

Campers

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Camp on your own private island! We only allow one group at a time, so once you book, the island is all yours.

Maclellan Island is a unique 18.8-acre wildlife sanctuary situated in the middle of the Tennessee River, in the heart of downtown Chattanooga. It is accessible by water only. The island is home to a great diversity of plants, animals, and birds.

Campers can enjoy easy wildlife viewing in a true urban wilderness setting. Muskrats, geese, and kingfishers can be seen feeding at the water’s edge, while the forest is home to songbirds, turkeys, raccoons, owls, possums, foxes, and woodpeckers. It's a great place to quietly watch nesting osprey and great-blue heron as well as an important feeding area for migrating warblers.

IMPORTANT: Maclellan Island is accessible by boat ONLY. You will need to provide your own transportation to and from the island, either using your own boat or by renting a kayak/SUP from a local outfitter.

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Campsite area
Tent site
1 site
Up to 30 guests per site
Boat
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Amenities
Picnic table available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Hiking

Maclellan Island features a 1.5 mile loop trail around the island.

Paddling

Maclellan Island is located in the heart of the Tennessee River. Whether you prefer to kayak or paddle board, there are ample p...Read more

Wildlife watching

Muskrats, Geese, and Kingfishers can be seen feeding at the water’s edge, while the forest is home to Songbirds, Turkeys, Racco...Read more

Boating
Swimming

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Private Island on the TN River in Tennessee.

Forest
River, stream, or...

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Hipcamper Wes

Kayak and camp

Wes B.
recommends this listing.
June 26th, 2022

Beautiful little island tucked in the heart of downtown with incredible views of the bluffs and sunset. Campsite is clear and well maintained. They just put in a composting toilet nearby. Only accessible from the Tn River.

Hipcamper Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn B.
recommends this listing.
June 19th, 2022

This is a beautiful destination with a rare mixture of natural seclusion and urban convenience. The island is heavily forested and the trails, sites and facilities are well-maintained. The journey from the north shore to the island was easy on SUPs and kayaks. The birdwatching was great, too!

Hipcamper Ashley

Fantastic idea- poor experience

Ashley P.
doesn't recommend this listing.
June 1st, 2022

We tried multiple times to access the island and find the campsite. The side of the island notated to have a “beach” had instead a very steep mud slide into the water. Couldn’t even stand with out slipping back down into the water. We could not locate anywhere not overgrown enough to place a tent. When we did access the island through the small dock. I tried calling your office Sunday to get more exact information on finding the campsites advertised. Someone answered and laid the phone down. I could hear them speaking in the background. I tried shouting hoping they would hear me and pick the receiver back up, to no avail. I called back twice. I left 2 messages asking for a call back to discuss the refund of the camping fee and I still have not been contacted. Renting out the island definitely sounds like a fun and exciting adventure if there were more care put into the property. I understand trying to preserve that natural state of the island but if you’re going to allow people to stay it should be taken better care of so people don’t feel like they’re getting ripped off like we did.

Hipcamper Thomas
Thomas S.
recommends this listing.
April 4th, 2022

We camped at the "Paddle Camp" site, which was beautiful. Great place for a group with 1-3 tents. We had a great time!

There was some road noise from the bridge running over the island, but not enough to be disruptive.

Hipcamper Bud

Birdsongs!

Bud W.
recommends this listing.
March 26th, 2022

Beautiful spot. Had the whole place to myself. Although you can definitely hear the city noise, the chorus of almost constant birdsongs overwhelm it.

Campsite was easy to find as were the trails.

Highly recommend!

Hipcamper Kenneth

Kaaaafuurrp!

Kenneth M.
recommends this listing.
October 19th, 2021

If you like poison ivy and mosquitoes, this is the place for you. Seriously, you know what you're getting into when you book this, and it's not comfort. The incongruity of sleeping rough on an island literally in city center was an experience I couldn't pass up. Portage your boat to the campsite as my kayak came up missing one morning and I had to swim to Coolidge Park. No worries and no regrets.

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Hipcamper Hannah
Hannah W.
doesn't recommend this listing.
September 24th, 2021

The island was beautiful, secluded, and fairly clean. Howevee, getting there was quite a pain and staying for more than one night just isnt worth the trouble of lugging all that stuff across the river. We enjoyed the island very much but i dont think it is something we would do again without a boat that has a motor.

Hipcamper shawn

Best bday ever

Shawn N.
recommends this listing.
August 29th, 2021

Reserving the island was a breeze 9n thr website.
Everything on thr island was as expected.b maybe think about boat/kayak rental for those who would like to enjoy yhe island but have no vessel to get there in.

Hipcamper Kristen

Best camping

Kristen A.
recommends this listing.
July 17th, 2021

Clean camp sight with plenty of privacy and clear paths to drag up your kayaks!

Property
Maclellan Island
State
Tennessee
Country
United States
$25/night
1 Site

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