Best Camping Sites in Southeast Tennessee
With the arrival of fall, camping interests peaks nationwide, but especially in Tennessee. With serene waters, gorgeous mountain views and mild temperatures (most of the time), the Southeast Tennessee landscape encourages even the most indoor enthusiasts to go outside and explore.
Within a one-to-two hour drive from any backyard, this great state features numerous pockets of outdoor happiness that can make one feel as if they have traveled to an exotic destination.
Check out our suggestions for the best camping sites in Southeast Tennessee.
- Blue Water RV Resort – This resort is located in Dayton on Lake Chickamauga. Fishing, golf cart, paddle board and boat rentals are available, and there’s access to a saltwater pool. It’s also only minutes from town, so a “Walmart run” is easy if you forget any camping items.
- Cades Cove – Located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove is in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains. This location is great for hiking, scenic drives and wildlife viewing.
- Fall Creek Falls – Laced with cascades, gorges, waterfalls, streams and lush stands of virgin hardwood timber, the park beckons those who enjoy nature at her finest. Fall Creek Falls, at 256 feet, is one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States. Other waterfalls within the park include Piney Falls, Cane Creek Falls, and Cane Creek Cascades.
- Chester Frost – Located in Hixson, a suburb of Chattanooga, Chester Frost offers lakefront camping with man-made beaches, fishing areas, walking trails, and disc golf and playground amenities on site.
- Cloudland Canyon – This one is across the border in North GA, but it’s too good to pass up. Biking, caving, fishing, hiking, horseback and disc golf are just a few of the activities that take place in this incredibly scenic area.
- South Cumberland State Park - South Cumberland State Park is located within four different Tennessee counties: Grundy, Franklin, Marion and Sequatchie. The park is composed of approximately 30,845 acres in nine separate areas and boasts some of the best hiking and backcountry camping in the region.
- Rock Island State Park – Rock Island is located on the headwaters of Center Hill Lake at the confluence of the Caney Fork, Collins and Rocky Rivers. The rugged beauty of the park includes the Caney Fork Gorge below Great Falls Dam, a 30-foot horseshoe cascading waterfall.
If you love exploring the great outdoors, you may also be interested in these five great hikes in East Tennessee.