Campgrounds on the Tennessee River in Alabama

Campgrounds on the Tennessee River in Alabama
The Tennessee River cuts through about 150 miles of northern Alabama through rural forested areas. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has created four large lakes along the river as part of its flood control and energy production activities. The lakes, along with the rivers, create many recreation opportunities including fishing, boating, hiking and camping. Campgrounds of many kinds--from RV resorts to primitive camping areas--are spread along the lakes and Tennessee River in northern Alabama.

Joe Wheeler State Park

Wheeler Lake is one of the lakes formed by the TVA and the river runs through the lake. There are two creeks and the Elk River that flow into the lake and river near the park. The park features nature trails around the lake and on the river. There is a golf course, tennis courts, day use areas, picnic shelters, a marina, cabin rentals and a campground on the lake. The marina has a full-service restaurant and you can rent boats of various kinds at the park.

This state park has 116 campsites, 110 with full hookups. The sites are spread around three loops, and two of those loops have waterfront camping. Each loop has a bathhouse. There are also primitive camping areas that have access to water and the bathhouse.

Joe Wheeler State Park

4401 McLean Drive

Rogersville, AL 35652



Lake Guntersville State Park

Lake Guntersville State Park is a large camping and recreation resort on the Tennessee River in northeast Alabama. It is also on one of the largest lakes--Guntersville--in the state.

The park has a marina, full-service restaurant, boat rentals, meeting facilities, fishing tournaments and picnic areas.

The park has more than 6,000 acres of woodlands, and has a championship golf course, beach complex, fishing areas, extensive hiking trails, day use areas and nature programs. In addition to camping areas, there are lakeside cottages and a resort lodge.

Campgrounds are along the lake and in the pine forest with 396 campsites. The sites range from full hookups to primitive and are for RV or tent camping. Several bathhouses are spread around the camping areas. Campsites have tables, grills, a country store and a playground. There is also a nature center at the campground with displays of specimens from the park. Naturalists give programs regularly.

Lake Guntersville State Park

7966 State Hwy. 227

Guntersville, AL 35976


City of Florence Campgrounds

For something a bit more urban on the Tennessee River, consider two parks in the city of Florence. Veterans Memorial Park offers 22 sites and McFarland Park has 60 sites, all with full hookups. Veterans Park has a memorial area plus an 18-hole disc golf course.

McFarland Park is the largest campground and is located between the river and downtown. There are playgrounds, walking trials, marina restaurants, a lighthouse and a beach area. There is also a one-mile paved and lighted walking trail along the river. There is evidence of civilization in this area dating back 8,000 years near the Muscle Shoals area.

McFarland Park

2500 Chisholm Road

Florence, AL 35630



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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