Campgrounds in Douglas Lake, Tennessee

Campgrounds in Douglas Lake, Tennessee
Douglas Lake is the Tennessee Valley Authority reservoir formed by the damming of the French Broad River. Sitting in the highlands of east Tennessee, the lake offers not only boating and fishing to those camping on and around its shores, but also a rugged and wooded mountain setting. Father afield are the deep forests of the Cherokee National Forest and Great Smoky Mountain National Park, both of which offer extensive opportunities for hiking, biking, rafting, rock climbing, caving and other outdoor sports.

Sherman Oaks Campground

Sherman Oaks is situated just outside of Dandridge, Tennessee, and is within walking distance of the north shores of Douglas Lake. The campground consists of 78 grassy, joint tent-and-RV sites in a lightly wooded area. The camping facilities are limited to a shower house and a small camp store, and there is also a swimming pool and performance stage. Dandridge itself offers a fairly convenient location, being about two miles Interstate 40 and having direct access to the Route 92 bridge across the lake. Campers who are also golfers will appreciate the nearby Dandridge Golf and Country Club.

Sherman Oaks Campground
131 W. Meeting St.
Dandridge, TN 37725
(865) 397-4080

Banks Farms Campground

Banks Farms is a working farm and maintains a horse paddock for campers who have a horse trailer in tow. The farm offers a mixed RV and tent campground with a separate, marked tent-camping area. Other accommodations are available in the form of rental cabins. The campground is serviced by a pair of shower houses and a coin laundry, and there is also a horseshoe pit and a swimming pool. In addition, Banks Farms has access to the French Broad River for fishing, tubing and rafting. The campground is roughly 12 miles from the eastern shores of Douglas Lake.

Banks Farms Campground
775 Bewleys Chapel Road
Midway, TN 37809
(423) 422-7778

Newport / I-40 / Smoky Mountains KOA

Like most members of the KOA chain, the Newport KOA has a mix of sites for tent campers and RVs, as well as rental "kabins." The campground is serviced by a single shower house and coin laundry, as well as by a camp store with LP gas and firewood sales. Free Wi-Fi access is available at the Newport KOA, and among its other amenities are a playground, outdoor swimming pool and a catch-and-release private fishing pond. The KOA and the nearby town of Newport are situated between the southeastern shores of Douglas Lake and the borders of Cherokee National Forest, less than 5 miles from either destination.

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

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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