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 ADA 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
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 25% off

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

The vibe at Basecamp at Camp Mtn. Lake Retreats

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Hipcamper Christian
Christian M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 5th, 2017

Camp Mountain Lakes is an intriguing campsite. What used to be a massive property for an old kids summer camp is now a relic of what once was. Charles and Cindy are the new owners of the property, and they are in the process of restoring much of the property for camping use by April 2018. They have already restored an old building into a beautiful cabin, so they are well on their way. I am writing this review in September 2017, and although I had a great time in my stay, it is clear that the finished product will have some added benefits to the current condition of the property. One thing that this property already has going strong is its prime location.

The old stables are the best camping spot right now, with a good amount of cleared and flat land. The ground here is very good for pitching a tent, and there are trees to hang hammocks on too. There is no formal fire-pit yet, but Charles was still kind enough to give us wood to build a fire on the damp grass. This allowed us to cook a great dinner, so long as we were careful to maintain a wet border of grass around the fire. Although there was a full moon on the night we stayed here, you could tell there is almost no light pollution in the area, and star-gazing here would be excellent.

After a good nights sleep, I drove three blocks to the nearby Grundy Lakes of South Cumberland State Park to watch the sunrise. There seemed to be a lot of fish feeding, and I wished I had brought a rod. The fog rose up off the lake on that cool morning, which was very scenic.

In addition to being close to several picturesque lakes, Camp Mountain Lake Retreats is also a stone's throw away from Foster Falls and the Fiery Gizzard trail, one of the top 25 backpacking trails in the country. Along with Stone Door and the Savage Gulf areas, there are over 55 miles of hiking trails within half an hour of Camp Mountain Lake Retreats. If hiking and/or waterfalls are your thing, you can have a great time staying in this part of Tennessee.

Overall, in just a short amount of time, this camp site should not only meet, but also exceed your camping needs. Right now it is essentially a drive-in campsite with backcountry amenities.

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Hipcamper Samantha

A gem!

Samantha C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 6th, 2020

This was our first time here and wow. We brought our dog and with the fenced in area she was able to roam free and explore, which is a major plus.
The base camp actually had stocked firewood, 2 bathrooms with hot showers, sinks and toliets! Did not expect that! Also a 10 min walk to a lake and dock with a cute little playground and fishing!
The Host was amazing! We got there a day early and were the only campers, so we actually got a private tour and along the way we learned the history and area AND recieved fresh picked basil and some squash from their gardens (which we used that night with our fish and zucchini 😍) It was amazing. Great communication with the hosts, clean sites and amenities and plenty to do.
Give them a try!!!

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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 Monique
Monique I.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 9th, 2019

We had a great time staying at Camp Mountain Lake.
The hosts are very friendly and helpful. The camp is a short walk/drive to the lake and is fenced in for security. There are two bathrooms and showers with HOT water, these are well lit at night with sensor lights. The tent pads have luscious green grass with no rocks or sticks, which was a pleasant surprise!
If you are a nature lover this is an ideal spot for a family camp, or even by yourself to just get away.

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Hipcamper Ferriss
Ferriss B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 26th, 2020

Camp Mountain Lake is perfectly situated in Tracy City making for an easy drive to Fiery gizzard, Foster Falls, Sewanee etc and a short walk to beautiful lake.

You can pitch your tent in the field or camp under the stables where there are newly build wooden platforms. There are working bathrooms, potable water, and electricity. Overall it was an extremely comfortable and convenient place to camp.

Hipcamper Dawn
Dawn R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 14th, 2020

This place was great. Thank you for the firewood and the history lesson. Can't wait to go back.

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Hipcamper Cindy
Response from Cindy, the Host, on June 17th, 2020

We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! You were a perfect guest!

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Hipcamper Sammy

Delightful stay

Sammy L.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 14th, 2020

Every accommodation met! They are building something beautiful there. I can't wait to see the final product. Within walking distance of Grundy Lakes and the swimming docks. I regret not bringing my pole based on the size of the catfish I saw! We can't wait to go back.

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Hipcamper John
John R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 16th, 2020

We had a fantastic time. Property was beautiful and private. We swam in the lake everyday, went and saw all the waterfalls... we will be back. Best part was the bathrooms on site, clean with a great hot shower.

Hipcamper Brittany

Camping on the side of the road

Brittany G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 6th, 2020

The only thing I was surprised by how close the camp sites were to each other and the road. The camping is not on the main land of the old children’s camps, it’s across the street on the side of a road. And the firewood was wet with no dry kindling. The bathrooms were nice and the road wasn’t too busy. The lake was walking close and the foster falls were a quick 5 min. Away. the bathrooms were convenient. It just wasn’t primitive enough for us.

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

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