Best Camping in Tennessee

Camping in Tennessee

Camping is a memorable way to experience all that Tennessee has to offer. Some might wonder, "Can you camp anywhere in Tennessee?" Obviously, you can’t camp on private property, but the beautiful Volunteer State furnishes many opportunities to stay at beautiful Tennessee campgrounds, as you’ll see below.

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Tennessee State Parks

State parks are a fun way to experience camping in Tennessee. Most state parks offer basic amenities like public bathrooms, picnic tables, and fire-pits. You’ll also find miles of trails at all of Tennessee’s beautiful state parks. Here are a few popular state park choices:

  • Fall Creek Falls State Park has 222 tent and RV campsites (all sites have grills, water, electricity, and tables) with six shared bathhouses. Many Fall Creek Falls camping sites (92 of them) have sewer connections, and the majority of sites can accommodate RVs up to 65 feet. If you want a more rugged or private experience, there are 17 primitive sites (no amenities).
  • Cumberland Mountain State Park provides campers with 145 tent and RV campsites; all sites have hookups, picnic tables, grills, and bathhouse facilities.
  • Big Ridge State Park offers 50 campsites near or adjacent to Norris Lake; all lake sites have water, electric hook-ups, a picnic table, and a grill.
  • Mousetail Landing State Park provides a more sophisticated campground experience with a modern bathhouse and laundromat. Electric/water hook-ups are available at 19 of the 25 sites. For those seeking a primitive experience, Spring Creek Campground offers 21 primitive sites with a fire ring and grill.
  • Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park overlooks Kentucky Lake. The Lakefront Campground offers 13 primitive camping sites with a community water source and a shared restroom. Happy Hollow Campground offers more amenities at its 37 sites, including tables, grills, and hook-ups for water/electricity. There is also a playground and shared bathroom facilities (including hot showers!)

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National Parks in Tennessee

National Parks are truly America’s national treasure, as they celebrate and preserve the natural beauty of the United States. Stays in national parks are limited to 14 consecutive days per visit.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers front-country camping, as well as more primitive backcountry camping. You can experience camping in Tennessee from the comfort of your RV or the shelter of your tent if you choose front-country camping.

There are 10 available campgrounds within Great Smoky National Park, such as Cades Cove Campground. All sites have amenities like a fire grate and a picnic table. You’ll also have access to restrooms with flush toilets and cold water. There are no hook-ups within the national park.

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RV Parks in Tennessee

If tent camping does not interest you - or if the ruggedness of a state park intimidates you - you’ll find plenty of privately run RV parks in Tennessee with attractive amenities.

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Free Camping in Tennessee

If you are willing to forego amenities, you can scout out some free camping opportunities in Tennessee. National forests allow for free (dispersed) camping outside of any developed campgrounds. Free camping can also be found along certain areas of the Appalachian Trail or along the Natchez Trace Parkway

Learn more about free camping in Tennessee.

National Forests in Tennessee

Cherokee National Forest is an expansive forest with various beautiful regions, including Pigeon River Area, Roan Highlands, Iron Mountains, Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and many others. You can find both developed campground options (RV and tent) or primitive, dispersed camping (no cost).

Tennessee continues to attract Presley fans (Graceland, anyone?), music lovers (camping near Nashville, TN!), and nature enthusiasts. With so many choices of campgrounds, you’re sure to find the right fit for your camping trip to this beautiful state.

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Recent Tennessee Campground Reviews

Jackson, TN

Love's Travel Stop

Oct 21, 2021

"Just needed to fill water tank!"

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Easy access to water pump. Used it to top off our fresh water tank! Thanks Love’s.

Lorraine Allen
2 reviews
Oct 21, 2021

"Good location, too expensive for what you get "

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The good: location, cell service, dog park, playground for kids The bad: bathhouses are not clean, roads are tight and the sites are small. Ours was incredibly uneven. Talking front tires of motorhome off the ground, and my steps as high as my knee. We had to carry our 45lb Australian shepherd in because she couldn't make the steps.

3 reviews
Pigeon Forge, TN

Riveredge RV Park

Oct 20, 2021

"Great location to walk to town"

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Trolley stop is right at end of block so getting to tourist sites is easy ,only a buck per ride. Bathrooms are very well maintained. Staff was helpful in giving advice. Sites were tight, but level with nice concrete pads with table. Excellent WIFI. Even had hot tub near pool.

Dave Williams
6 reviews
Townsend, TN

Riverstone Campground

Oct 19, 2021

"Now called Riverside Campground"

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Poorly maintained, several of the available sites were very uneven. Reason we selected is that we were driving Cades loop and were too tired to drive to Gatlinburg. Bathroom was pretty dismal.

Dave Williams
6 reviews
Nashville, TN

Elm Hill RV Resort

Oct 19, 2021

"Gorgeous. Resort-like feel"

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Clean, beautiful views, well run. We spent most of our time in Nashville (only 20 min away), and wished we had a longer stay to spend more time in the RV park as well. Cell coverage varied depending on where we were in the park. Verizon had 3 bars, AT&T and T-mobil varied between 1 and 2 bars.

Jerusha Vogel
7 reviews