Campgrounds in Harriman, Tennessee

Campgrounds in Harriman, Tennessee
Harriman, Tennessee, is just east of the Cumberland Plateau and on the Emory River. The town has a riverfront park and walkway. The river now feeds into Watts Bar Lake and is within a few miles of the Obed Scenic River. Harriman is south of the Frozen Head State Park and the Lone Mountain State Forest. The city is 50 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are many wildlife areas. The parks all have trails for hikers or bicyclists. There are many campgrounds in the area, whether on the water or in the forest.

Caney Creek RV Resort

Caney Cove RV Resort is on two peninsulas on Watts Bar Lake. Because of the peninsulas, most of the 178 sites are on the water's edge. The sites have full electric hookups, with 20-, 30- and 50-amp connections. Internet and cable TV are free for those staying overnight. There is a large swimming pool, and a children's playground. There are several trails and a fishing pier. The facility is next to a large marina owned by the same family. Boat, bike and golf cart rentals are available. There is a convenience store, and LP gas is available Boat slips also can be rented.
If all this doesn't get your attention, just across the street is the Roane County Park, which has a couple miles of riverfront. There are a lot of walking trials there as well as picnic facilities. There is no camping. The campground is on the edge of Harriman, about 15 miles from Frozen Head State Park and about 50 miles from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Caney Creek RV Resort
3615 Roane State Highway
Harriman, TN 37748
(865) 882-4042

Frozen Head State Park

Frozen Head State Park does not offer much in the way of modern amenities, but it does offer a view into the natural beauty of the past. Much of the 13,000 acres of the Cumberland Mountains that make up the park is undisturbed. It appears much as it might have to the early settlers 200 years ago. The park is the richest area for wildflowers in the state. There are small streams with waterfalls throughout the park. There are 29 rustic campsites in the park. There are no hookups, but there is a centrally located water faucet. There is a bathhouse and a sink outside for dish washing. There are two group campsites for groups of about 20 people. There are 11 backcountry campsites. There are also primitive campsites along Flat Fork Creek. The nearby Emory River Valley offers primitive camping and many trails along the river. The Lone Mountain State forest is 10 miles to the north, and the Obed Scenic River is directly north of Frozen Head.

Frozen Head State Park
964 Flat Fork Road
Wartburg, TN 37887
(423) 346-3318

Melton Hill Dam Campground

The Melton Hill Dam Campground is operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority and is a self-service operation. There are 57 sites, and 33 have electric and water hookups. Eight site has water, electric and sewer available. The electrical hookups are 20- and 30-amp connections. There are 13 sites with no hookups. The dam is on the Clinch River and helps create Watts Bar Lake. There are two boat ramps, one on each side of the lake, giving boaters the option of the lake or the river.
Roads on both sides cut through the countryside and are popular for walking and biking. There is a 1-mile trail from the top of the dam to the bottom through hardwood forest. The campground has restrooms with heated showers and flush toilets. There are group pavilions, picnic tables, grills and multi-purpose courts available. There is also a swimming beach near the dam. Lake fishing is popular here, as well as bird-watching. The dam is 20 miles from Harriman.

Melton Hill Dam
2015 Grubb Road
Lenoir City, TN 37771-7129
(865) 986-8329

Article Written By James Jordan

James Jordan has been a writer and photographer since 1980. He has worked for newspapers in Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina and Kansas, winning state press association awards for writing, photography and page design. In 1995 he received his master's in Christian education and completed two years of Ancient Greek at the graduate level. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.

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