Campgrounds at Douglas Lake, Tennessee

Campgrounds at Douglas Lake, Tennessee
Douglas Lake is a large lake in eastern Tennessee next to the Great Smoky Mountains. Created during World War II, Douglas Lake is part of the greater Tennessee Valley system. The lake is a great fishing area, with crappie and large mouth bass, as well as other species of fish. For outdoor enthusiasts, the area offers plenty of opportunities for not only fishing, but also boating, wildlife viewing, and swimming. In addition, the nearby Cherokee National Forest provides access to hiking and backpacking trails as well.

Fanchers Campgrounds

Located on the eastern side of the lake off Interstate 40 is Fanchers Campgrounds. The campground has sites available year-round. It also has a swimming pool, propane, a laundry facility, and a store on the property that sells food, camping supplies, and RV-related items. A concrete boat ramp provides boaters access to Douglas Lake.

Fanchers Campground
2528 Roundhouse Road
Dandridge, TN 37725
(865) 397-3510

Newport/I-40/ Smoky Mountains KOA Campground

South of Douglas Lake is the Newport/I-40/Smoky Mountains KOA Campground. The campground has RV sites that can accommodate a vehicle or trailer up to 82 feet long, and have electrical and cable TV hookups. The KOA has free Wi-Fi internet access, as well as a meeting room, propane, firewood, fishing, and a swimming pool that is open seasonally between May and September.

Newport/I-40/Smoky Mountains KOA Campground
240 KOA Lane
Newport, TN 37821
(423) 623-9004

Mountain Cove Marina and RV Park

On the western side of Douglas Lake is Mountain Cove Marina and RV Park. The park has campsite spaces for recreational vehicles between 30 and 60 feet long. All of the sites have hookups for electricity and water. There is also a dump station, bath and shower facilities, laundry, and a camp store. For those who want to access the lake, a boat launch, covered slips, and pontoon boat rentals are available.

Mountain Cove Marina and RV Park
1590 Dyke Road
Sevierville, TN 37876
(865) 453-3506

Ripplin Waters Campground

Also located on the western side of Douglas Lake off of the Winfield Dunn Parkway is the Ripplin Waters Campground, which has 156 sites with full hookup services. Among those campsites, 50 are located along the Little Pigeon River. The campground has bath-houses, laundry facilities, a swimming pool, arcade, and propane gas. There are also church services held on-site.

Ripplin Waters Campground
1930 Winfield Dunn Parkway
Sevierville, TN 37876
(800) 747-7546

Article Written By Bill Sassani

Bill Sassani started writing in 2007, contributing to several online publications. He is also the author of "A Backpacker's Guide to Philmont." Sassani holds a B.A. in history from Penn State University and an M.A. in outdoor education from the University of Northern Colorado.

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