Enjoy your next getaway at Belle and Beau Acres where secluded off-grid primitive camping meets convenience. Whether you're looking for peace, relaxation, or adventure, our spot hits the mark. You are welcome to camp with a tent, vehicle, smaller camper, hammock tent, roof top tent, or pop-up camper, but make sure you read the descriptions below before making your selection
Enjoy your next getaway at Belle and Beau Acres where secluded off-grid primitive camping meets convenience. Whether you're looking for peace, relaxation, or adventure, our spot hits the mark. You are welcome to camp with a tent, vehicle, smaller camper, hammock tent, roof top tent, or pop-up camper, but make sure you read the descriptions below before making your selection on the map. You can also visit our Belle and Beau Acres Instagram page for video tours. Each campsite is equipped with only a rock fire pit and grill grate. You must provide everything else, including drinking water and a personal toileting system. You will be driving off-road to reach your campsite (see notation about mud below), and each vehicle will go through the check-in meet and greet, unless we communicate otherwise. It’s your choice whether or not you want to pay for your guests age 5 and younger, but all reservations are final on the day of check-in.
Here you'll enjoy a private camping experience conveniently located between Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga. The host family lives in a house at the entrance of the property, while the remainder of acreage is preserved for a nature enthusiasts dream come true. All of the photos are taken on site.
Primitive campsite options and groomed trails will ensure your visit is pleasant and adventurous. Setup camp under the towering tree canopy at any one of our sites. Access to fresh water fun is a short, but steep down-hill hike away for all guests. Each spot has been strategically selected to provide as much privacy as possible, and comfortably accommodates groups with up to two vehicles. A short list of what to expect includes:
- PRIVACY - ADVENTURE - GETAWAY
- Spacious, shady, leaf-bed campsites
- 360 degree views of relaxing nature
- Two lazy rivers for soaking
- Multiple spring-fed creeks
- Hidden ledge waterfall (about a 20 foot drop)
- Rock shelter formation
- Wide open pastures for star gazing
- Old forests for ample shade and hammock hanging
Campsite 1 Drive Up: A level, spacious site, and our best option for small campers, roof top tents or popups. Very shady and situated in the woods under tall trees. Plenty of space for two extra tents and hammocks. Only a few steps away from a large field for stargazing and our hiking trails.
Campsite 2 Hike In: Accommodates 1-6 people and only two smaller tents and hammocks. Guests park at the top of the main trail near the picnic area and hike in on a short but steep path (1/10th of a mile). Go downhill for a shared community space and take the private trail to Campsite 2, tucked alongside a babbling, shallow, rock bed river. It is a shady site, perched about 6-8 feet above the water level and does not have a guard rail or fencing, caution is required. Has private stone steps leading to the water.
Campsite 3 Drive Up: A very spacious campsite, situated closest to the comfort station, in the woods, on the outskirts of a large field. It has a very slight slope in the parking portion, but has 2-3 options for level tent sites. It can easily accommodate small campers or roof top tents if guests don't mind the slope. Guests can sometimes hear the rushing creek below. Easy access to hiking trails from here.
Campsite 4 Hike In: (CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT) Accommodates 1-6 people and only two to three tents and hammocks. Guests park at the top of the main trail near the picnic area and hike in on a short but steep path about halfway down, then take a left onto a private, gradually sloping trail. Site 4 is tucked alongside a babbling, shallow, rock bed river and is shady. It is perched about 6-8 feet above the water level and does not have a guard rail or fencing, caution is required. Has private stone steps leading to the water.
Campsite 5 Drive Up: A tent only site where vehicles must park at the opening. It is farthest away from the comfort station and trails. Situated on the edge of a large field under tall trees, it has extra space for playing yard games and a small clothesline for damp towels. Very shady and spacious, a group can easily fit 3 tents. There is a short private trail to a small spring-fed creek that sometimes runs dry at the end of summer. An overlook of the forest hillside is best observed in spring and fall.
Campsite 6 Drive Up: Accommodates 1-4 people with two vehicles. A small leaf bed campsite with a down-hill pitch. This campsite only fits one tent or small teardrop style camper with leveling options, as it's more challenging to find a level spot (See the photo labeled site 6). There is a beautiful old beech tree in the center providing lots of shade, and plenty of spots to hang hammocks or use hammock tents in addition to a ground surface tent. There is a private trail to a small spring fed stream where you can sit by the water and wet your toes, which sometimes runs dry at the end of summer. From this site, walk out about 200 feet to a large pasture for star gazing.
MUD WARNING FOR ACCESS TO SITES 1-3: During wet and heavy rain phases, the off-road campground drive can become muddy. 4wd has not been needed, but low to the ground vehicles will not be able to access campsites 1-3 during these wet phases. Visitors should expect a short but messy stretch of drive. Campers at sites 1-3 also have the option of parking at the half-way point and walking the rest of the way. Before reserving, please ask about current conditions if this will be an issue for your vehicle.
COMMUNITY COMFORT STATION: There is a comfort station with an outdoor shower stall for hanging your own solar shower bag. The comfort station also includes a changing room which doubles as a private place to use your portable camping toilet. The backside has a rain barrel (not potable) collection system.
COVID19 ANNOUNCEMENT: We have switched to a paperless check-in process, and have closed community campfire gathering spots. The comfort station is open and cleaned regularly. While we are enduring the pandemic, you will need to provide your own portable toilet system. You will also need to provide your own soap for personal cleanup.
DISCLAIMERS: Use of the property for production, non-profit, or business related purposes is prohibited without a formal agreement with the host. Send a message to schedule professional use of the property / This is primitive and wild Tennessee landscape that may contain poisonous plants and wildlife in or around campsites.
Located on the Eastern Highland Rim in the lower Appalachian's, this area sits at the Upper Cumberland Plateau and is part of Tennessee's largest micropolitan area of Cookeville. When you stay here, you will be at the center of some of the most amazing natural attractions Tennessee has to offer, plus only minutes away from award winning craft breweries, historical stops, and the Upper Cumberland rail-to-trail bike path. Explore numerous large waterfalls in the area, spend a day on Center Hill Lake, or kayak the Caney River.
- Check in: After 12PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 11 months out
- Response time: Within an hour
- Response rate: 100%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Children may enjoy riding bikes through the fields.
No boating on site. Nearby: Cookeville Boat Dock.
No fishing on site. Nearby: Center Hill Lake species include - Large Mouth Bass Small Mouth Bass Stripped Bass White Bass Spott...Read more
We have a couple of maintained foot trails on the property with changes in elevation and various destinations such as a ledge w...Read more
No paddling on site. Nearby: Canoe the Caney or Cookeville Boat Dock.
We have two large and private streams on the property, including a spring fed smaller creek with a 20 foot drop waterfall. All ...Read more
We have seen fox, deer, coyote, turkey, flying squirrels and more here! The bird watching is wonderful.
Natural features you'll find at Eastern Highland Rim Adventure in Tennessee.
Nearby: Floating Mill swimming area on Center Hill Lake
Cumberland Caverns (1 hour one way) Dunbar Cave (2 hours one way) Raccoon Mountain Caverns (2 hours one way)
Nearby: Center Hill Lake
River, stream, or creek
Two shallow rock bed rivers, which are fed by multiple spring-fed streams and creeks. The springs keep the water feeling cool ...Read more
On site and nearby attractions
We have a natural spring creek that feeds a 20 foot drop ledge waterfall over a rock shelter. It's cold and refreshing!
The vibe at Eastern Highland Rim Adventure
Places to see near Belle and Beau Acres
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
I thoroughly enjoyed my time here and Christine did a great job as host. The property here is beautiful with plenty of space in the woods to setup camp. You'll definitely want to make the short hike down the the creek to cool off. If you're up for a bit more of an adventure you can hike up the creek to their own private waterfall. I would definitely stay here again if I'm in the area.
Christine was very welcoming and informative about the area! She even gave us a heads up about incoming inclement weather which was a total lifesaver. Loved the entire experience, and would absolutely return for another stay
Pro tip: camp by the creek if you can!
This was my first Hipcamp experience and it did not disappoint. Christine and family were absolutely wonderful hosts and my camping buddy and I decided that if we are ever reincarnated we want to come back as their wonderful dog Emdo. Christine helped us find a perfect campsite, the creek was fantastic and a shower in the waterfall was just the thing after a sweaty day in the sun. If you have the chance to stay here don't hesitate, I have done a ton of camping in my life and this is one of my favorite places to camp.
We really enjoyed our experience! Christine was easy to communicate with as we planned our trip. When we got there, she and her husband were very nice and gave us thorough information about the property, etc., which is beautiful. Our hosts were just a text away but we had total privacy the whole time. Looking forward to going out to this spot again!
Our new favorite spot!!
My girlfriend and I prefer hike-in campsites, but sometimes we like ones you can just pull the car up to. We liked that we had the option here. We chose the creek-side campsite and couldn’t be happier. This is hands down our new favorite campsite...and we camp a lot.
The directions to get here were great and upon pulling into Christine’s property she met us at the car. She had an answer for all of our questions and was very helpful. We didn’t see her again after that, but she was just a text away!
The creek-side campsite felt very primitive even though the car was just up a hill 1/10 of a mile away. Once down there it was very well maintained and marked. There was plenty of room for our large tent and fire pit they had made.
The views and the sounds made this place. The campsite sits just above a small creek with a large bluff on the other side. The sounds of the water rolling over the rocks was amazing! We played in the creek to cool off and hiked it up to their own private waterfall. We felt this place was an attraction on its own. So private, beautiful and fun!
We will be back!
We had an absolutely wonderful time camping at Belle and Beau Acres! The campsite (2) was very private and right along the creek which made the site much cooler for camping in July! Although there was a rather steep hike to our campsite it was well worth it. Christine was a great host and very responsive.
Absolute perfection for camping!
This place was really cool. I felt totally private with my young daughter and my wife. The hosts were totally normal and very cool and seemed very accommodating although I didn’t want to bother them too much. Actually, I wanted to talk and hang out but it was right after the COVID-19 limitations were lifted so, we all kept our distance. I didn’t explore the property as much as I wanted to because of that but on day two, my daughter and I did take a walk near their own personal waterfall and wow! The property is so beautiful. There is little streams and bigger streams and little Brooks, nice maple woods that were full of little Carolina wrens and all kinds of wildlife. We even heard a neighbors dog barking at a wildcat in the middle of the night one night.
It’s right off the highway but far enough away that you couldn’t hear traffic. It’s close to Burgess Falls, Cummins Fall, And about an hour away from Fall Creek Falls. We were lucky enough to see Burgess and fall Creek within 40 hours of our stay.
Honestly, I would’ve been happy just staying there and not seeing any state parks and exploring the property. This place is a freaking gym and I shouldn’t even leave a commentary because I don’t want the place to be crowded the next time I show up.
Look, I am as honest as the day is long. This place is totally worth every penny of it. I’ve been to some Motel 6 motels that cost more and have disappointed me no matter what the expectation in my career as a musician. I would much rather sleep on the bare ground at this place with only a wool blanket then stay in the best Motel 6 I’ve ever seen which happens to be in south Florida….
I know it’s a big difference between motels and camping but, understand the reference. It’s beautiful as shit and I’m not a review leaver...
This was our first Hipcamp experience and it was amazing! Such a treat to have our own patch of woods within steps of natural wonders like streams, a waterfall, a stargazing field and plenty of room for the kids to bike and explore. We can’t wait to come back and stay longer bc there are so many other places to explore within the area
Best car camping we’ve ever had!!
What an incredible place - wonderful, communicative and considerate hosts, clean and well maintained grounds, absolutely gorgeous scenery (especially down by the creeks) - Belle & Beau Acres really has it all! There are all these neat features like the cute signage and helpful info about the little hikes down to the creeks and even the personalized grill grates; you can tell they care so much about their campers and crafting a fantastic experience for us. And their garlic cheesy bread is *off the hook* good!! I love it so much here. Quiet and private campsites, taking a dip in the creek, a stroll on the cleared paths on the property — it was perfect place to spend some time in nature with our young son, and it sets the bar so darn high for what HipCamp experiences should be. Simply an amazing time and I would (and already have) recommended them to anyone who will listen :) I’m so happy we chose Christine and Belle & Beau Acres and I can’t wait to come back! (!!!!!!!)