Camping Tennessee  by Harold R. Stinnette

Camping Tennessee Guide Book

by Harold R. Stinnette (Falcon Guides)
Camping Tennessee  by Harold R. Stinnette
Looking for the ideal spot to pitch your tent or park your RV? Camping Tennessee will take you there. This handy guidebook includes detailed descriptions of more than 100 public campgrounds throughout the state. Organized in three distinct sections - East Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, and West Tennessee - the listings include campsites in state, city, and county parks; in national parks and national forests; and on other public lands. Easy-to-use maps and charts help you to choose the perfect campsite.

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These cities, located in the northeast corner of Tennessee, are nicknamed “the Tri-Cities.” All three are modest-size cities with a small-town feel. Here the traveler can find everything from car racing to art museums to college basketball games. Most of this area is surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest, and between the national forest and Tennessee state parks, there are more than 400 individual campsites. The campgrounds in this eTrail include: Backbone Rock, Jacobs Creek, Little Oak, Johnson County Welcome Center, Low Gap, Carden's Bluff, Roan Mountain State Park, Dennis Cove, Limestone Cove, Rock Creek, and Warrior's Path State Park.
Johnson City, TN - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Center Hill Lake is the largest of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes in Tennessee, covering 18,200 acres. It’s also one of the most popular recreation destinations in Middle Tennessee—with good reason. Hiking, fishing, swimming, boating, and many other water sports are enjoyed on Center Hill’s beautiful water. Not far south of Center Hill Lake is the town of McMinnville, with Rock Island and Fall Creek Falls State Parks both nearby. McMinnville, the largest town in this area of Tennessee, is known as “The Nursery Capital of the World.” The local chamber of commerce lists forty-two plant nurseries as members, and I know there must be many more. In 1992 Vacation Magazine rated the jamboree the fourth best event in the United States to attend on a summer vacation. Each year, visitors from all fifty states and several foreign countries spend their vacations at the festival. The campgrounds in this eTrail include: Edgar Evans State Park, Long Branch, Holmes Creek, Floating Mills, Ragland Bottom, Rock Island State Park, and Fall Creek Falls State Park.
Smithville, TN - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Chattanooga is a vacation destination for many looking for family-oriented fun. This town is packed full of things for the entire family—whether you’re into museums, nature centers, theater, art, or aquariums. Chattanooga is home to the world’s largest freshwater aquarium, the first place Coca-Cola was bottled, the birthplace of miniature golf, and the location of the steepest passenger incline railway in the country. The city is surrounded by mountains, rivers, and lakes. It’s truly a place where there is something for everyone. The campgrounds in this eTrail include: Chester Frost Park, Harrison Bay State Park, Foster Falls, and Marion County Park.
Chattanooga, TN - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
The southern districts of the Cherokee National Forest stretch from the southern tip of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the Georgia state line and are bordered on the east by North Carolina. This is a vast area of managed forest, scenic drives, mountain peaks, white-water streams, and recreation areas. The opportunities for recreation are endless. If fishing is more your speed, you’ll surely enjoy the Hiwassee and Tellico Rivers; both are popular spots for reeling in large trout. These are just a sampling of outdoor activities in the area; don’t forget about hiking, hunting, mountain biking, shooting ranges, boating, water-skiing, nature photography, and wildlife viewing. The campgrounds in this eTrail include: Jake Best, Indian Boundary, North River, Dam Creek, Spivery Cove, Davis Branch, State Line, Holly Flatts, Quinn Springs, Lost Creek, Cholhowee, Parksville Lake, Thunder Rock, Sylco, and Tumbling Creek.
Tellico Plains, TN - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Both Cordell Hull and Dale Hollow Lakes are within an hour’s drive of Cookeville. Cordell Hull and Dale Hollow Lakes are owned and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Many of the campgrounds in Middle Tennessee are Corps of Engineers’ properties, and they are some of the best campgrounds in the area. Several of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds accept reservations; for faster service please use the reservation code next to the phone number if one is provided. The campgrounds in this eTrail include: Pickett State Park, Obey River, Lillydale, Willow Grove, Pleasant Dam, Dale Hollow Dam, Standing Stone State Park, Indian Creek, Salt Lick Creek, and Defeated Creek.
Celina, TN - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Oak Ridge is probably the best known town in this area. It is nicknamed “the secret city,” because when President Franklin Roosevelt ordered the Manhattan Project, the building of the atomic bomb, Oak Ridge was planned as a city for the workers to live in. Crossville is what I would call a “large small town.” Like a lot of other older towns in our country, it retains some of its past history while at the same time welcoming the future. One of the things that makes Crossville a destination for many people is its golf course. Just outside Crossville, near Cumberland Mountain State Park, is the community of Homestead. Homestead started in the early and mid-1930s to provide the people of Cumberland County with jobs and low-cost housing. Wartburg is definitely a small town, with only 936 residents and covering four square miles, but it is a wonderful place to visit. The folks here are very welcoming.
Wartburg, TN - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
The Smokies, as they are known by locals and lovers of the park, comprise the country’s most visited national park. It is within one day’s drive of more than half the nation’s population. However, this is not the only reason the Smokies are so popular. With more than a half-million acres of natural beauty, the Smokies can boast several impressive facts. The park is an International Biosphere Reserve, has more tree species than all Northern Europe, counts for half the old-growth forest in the United States, and contains more wildflower species than any other national park in the country. If you enjoy hiking, the park has more than 800 miles of trails, including trails for horseback riding and part of the Appalachian Trail. The park is home to miles and miles of clear mountain streams, great for both trout fishing and swimming on a hot summer day. Wildlife watching is also a great pastime here. White-tailed deer and black bears are two of the favorite animals to be seen in the park, but many more make the Smokies their home.
Gatlinburg, TN - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Land Between the Lakes is a 170,000-acre National Recreation Area approximately 90 miles north of Nashville. It is the largest inland peninsula in the United States, stretching into both Tennessee and Kentucky. Formed when the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers were impounded, creating Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, LBL was designated a National Recreation Area in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy. Today it receives an average two million visitors a year. The popularity of Land Between the Lakes is easy to understand; there’s something here for everyone who enjoys the great outdoors. Boating, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, bicycling, and wildlife viewing are a few of the outdoor activities available at LBL. Visitors can also see a working 1800s arm at the Homeplace Living History Farm, view the stars at the Golden Pond Planetarium, or learn more about the area at the Woodlands Nature Center. The campgrounds in this eTrail include: Piney, Boswell, Gatlin Point, Neville Bay, Bumpus Mills, Montgomery Bell State Park, and Mousetail Landing State Park.
Dover, TN - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
There are two sizable towns in the southwest corner of Tennessee—Memphis and Jackson, both full of art, culture, and history with an eye on the future. Memphis is located in the very southwest tip of the state, perched on the Chickasaw Bluffs overlooking the mighty Mississippi River. It is bordered by Arkansas and Mississippi on the west and south, respectively. Memphis is the nation’s eighteenth largest city and may be best known for its delicious barbecue and as home to the “King of Rock & Roll,” Elvis Presley. The campgrounds in this eTrail include: Natchez Trace State Park - Wranglers Campground, Campgrounds One and Two, and Pin Oak, Decatur County Beech Bend Park, Chickasaw State Park, Pickwick Dam, Pickwick Landing State Park, Big Hill Pond State Park, Fort Pillow State Park, Meeman - Shelby Forest State Park, and T.O. Fuller State Park.
Memphis, TN - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Morristown and Greeneville are historic towns with lots to see and do. In Greeneville one of my favorite things to do is antiquing. Downtown has plenty of antiques shops and galleries. The Andrew Johnson National Historic Site is also in Greeneville. Morristown is an equally interesting place to visit. Here you’ll find the Crockett Tavern, owned by Davy Crockett’s parents and where he spent most of his boyhood. The town architecture is interesting. The campground here has a very basic layout—situated on a flat piece of land not far from the Nolichucky River. It is open, with only part of the campground having large trees for shade. The campground sites could be improved by adding grills and fire rings. Some sites are on the banks of the river, and there is river access for anyone wishing to fish.
Morristown, TN - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Nashville, the state capital of Tennessee, is probably best known as the country music capital of the world. But while most people do associate country music and Nashville, there is so much more than that. Galleries, museums, historical sites, the Grand Ole Opry, hockey, football, baseball, zoos, and gardens all add to the diversity of this metropolitan area. Several of the campgrounds in this section are just a few miles outside Nashville, making them a good base for a vacation to the Music City. The rest of the campgrounds listed are within an hour’s drive of downtown. The campgrounds in this eTrail include: Bledsoe Creek State Park, Cages Bend, Cedar Creek, Shutes Branch, Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Cook, Seven Points, Long Hunter State Park, Poole Knobs, Anderson Road, Cheatham Dam, and Harpeth River Bridge.
Nashville, TN - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Norris, Tennessee, started out as a planned community for the workers constructing Norris Dam. The original town plan was adopted from England’s garden city movement of the 1890s—the buildings and houses were built on smaller lots with large open areas known as commons. The original houses were built from twelve basic designs, and today you can still see many of these first buildings. The town has grown but has maintained its roots as a family-friendly community. The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area was set aside to protect this section of the Cumberland Plateau’s natural beauty and to provide economic growth from recreation instead of coal mining and timber cutting. The area is maintained by the National Park Service and provides such outdoor activities as kayaking, canoeing, rafting, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, hunting, and fishing. The 110,000-acre recreation area is shared by Tennessee and Kentucky. This guide contains information on 8 individual campgrounds in the Norris and Big South Fork area.
Caryville, TN - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
Reelfoot Lake is a truly amazing place, and the way it was created is equally impressive. An earthquake that shook the Mississippi River Valley in 1811 created a depression that soon filled with water, forming the lake we now know as Reelfoot. Today the lake is both an important wetland area for waterfowl and wildlife and a recreation area for visitors. Thousands of ducks and geese winter here each year, but Reelfoot is best known for its winter bald eagle population. Each year 100 to 200 bald eagles migrate from northern states to Reelfoot to spend the winter. Eagle tours are conducted at several locations during the winter months. Reelfoot is also a popular hunting and fishing area that first drew such hunters as Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett. Kentucky Lake is the largest man-made lake in the eastern United States and one of the largest in the entire country. Its 160,000 acres of water and more than 2,000 miles of shoreline make it a premier outdoor playground and recreational area.
Paris, TN - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
The town of Shelbyville is famous for the Tennessee Walking Horse and is home to the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration. This eleven-day event takes place annually in August. The celebration draws thousands of people each year, from Tennessee and abroad, who delight in the beauty of the Tennessee Walking Horse. Nearby Lynchburg, a small town perhaps better known as the home of the Jack Daniel’s Distillery, is also the location of the Tennessee Walking Horse Museum. Tim’s Ford Lake, covering 11,950 acres, is one of the most picturesque lakes in Tennessee. It is a popular fishing destination for many anglers, with catches of smallmouth bass, walleye, crappie, and many other species. Tim’s Ford isalso a favorite spot in summer for people who enjoy water-related activities. Normandy Dam, which creates Normandy Lake, is the largest non-power-generating TVA dam on any Tennessee River tributary. Normandy Dam was built in the midseventies as a way of controlling floods, producing a water supply, and creating recreational opportunities.
Shelbyville, TN - Campgrounds - Trail Length:
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