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.

This Camp originally was a girls and boys camp. 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 e

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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.

This Camp originally was a girls and boys camp. 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 1980s. My husband Charles Kildgore, was a counselor in training in 1974. When it came up for sale we couldn't help but purchase it to reclaim the history of what it once was.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
10 sites
Up to 5 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Bins available
No showers
No picnic table
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: 50% 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.

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 Camp Mountain Lake Retreats in Tennessee.

Lake

Grundy Lakes State Park surrounds the property

Swimming hole
Waterfall

The vibe at Camp Mountain 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 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.

Entrance to CampCamp siteBuilding with Bathrooms.
Property
Camp Mountain Lake Retreats
State
Tennessee
$50/night
10 Sites