Campgrounds Near Shiloh, Tennessee

Campgrounds Near Shiloh, Tennessee
Situated at Pittsburgh Landing on the banks of the Tennessee River, the Shiloh National Military Park was the setting of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Today, this part of southwestern Tennessee remains a largely rural place, and therefore a good destination for campers looking for outdoor adventure. It is still a wild enough region that Boy Scouts who hike the Shiloh battlefield and its associated trails receive a special badge to mark the distinction. The area's rivers, creeks and ponds offer plenty of fishing, kayaking and canoeing as well.

Pickwick Dam State Park

This state park is the closest public campground to the Shiloh battlefield--less than 10 miles downriver from the military park. It is open from April to October and has 43 primitive camping sites. There is a bath house, playground and boat ramp located at the campground. The RV campground is located at a separate facility, and other lodging options include hotel rooms at the park lodge and rental cabins. The state park also features a marina with boat rentals, fishing, hiking, an indoor swimming pool and an 18-hole golf course.

Pickwick Landing State Park
Park Road
PO Box 15
Pickwick Dam , TN 38365
(800) 250-8615

Big Hill Pond State Park

The 5,000-acre forest of Bill Hill Pond State Park is located about 20 miles to the west of the Shiloh battlefield. The park offers an option akin to backcountry camping, in that they have four campgrounds with no facilities other than basic shelters. All of these campgrounds must be hiked in to, and three are described as being remote. Pets are not allowed at any of the campsites. The park has a boat ramp. It also has 30 miles of hiking trails and 14 miles of horse trails.

Big Hill Pond State Park
984 John Howell Road
Pocahontas, TN 38061
(731) 645-7967

JP Coleman State Park

Situated roughly 15 miles downriver, and in the vicinity of yet another Civil War battlefield, JP Coleman State Park is just across the state line in neighboring Mississippi. Also set on the banks of the Tennessee River, it has a separate primitive campground with 17 sites. The only facilities at this campground are a parking lot and a bathroom, but a shower house is available at the RV campground. Other accommodations are available at the park lodge or in rental cabins. The park also has a riverside swimming beach, swimming pool, and miniature golf. There are biking and hiking trails, and canoe rentals, and fishing, jet-skiing and water-skiing are permitted.

JP Coleman State Park
613 CR 321
Iuka, MS 38852
(662) 423-6515

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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