Best Campgrounds in Tennessee

This list represents the most popular campgrounds in Tennessee. Use this list to plan your next Tennessee campgrounds trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Frozen Head State Park Campground

    3 Reviews

    Wartburg, TN

    Frozen Head is a little-known jewel of a state park tucked away in the Cumberland Mountains, a mountain range west of the Smokies. Steep, forested peaks and deep valleys diffused with rock formations ...
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    Frozen Head is a little-known jewel of a state park tucked away in the Cumberland Mountains, a mountain range west of the ...

  • #2 Indian Boundary Campground

    1 Reviews

    Tellico Plains, TN

    Indian Boundary is the pride of the southern Cherokee National Forest—and with good reason. The wooded camping area lies in a flat beside a clear lake and beneath tall mountains. Individual campsites ...
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    Indian Boundary is the pride of the southern Cherokee National Forest—and with good reason. The wooded camping area lies ...

  • #3 Chilhowee Campground

    2 Reviews

    Benton, TN

    In 2006, a fatal bear mauling occurred near Chilhowee Campground, but the culprit was caught and euthanized, garnering Chilhowee nationwide attention. However, don’t let this deter you from ...
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    In 2006, a fatal bear mauling occurred near Chilhowee Campground, but the culprit was caught and euthanized, garnering Chilhowee ...

  • #4 Cherokee National Forest, Southern Districts Campgrounds

    1 Reviews

    Tellico Plains, TN

    The southern districts of the Cherokee National Forest stretch from the southern tip of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the Georgia state line and are bordered on the east by North ...
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    The southern districts of the Cherokee National Forest stretch from the southern tip of the Great Smoky Mountains National ...

  • #5 Great Smoky Mountains National Park Area Campgrounds

    0 Reviews

    Gatlinburg, TN

    The Smokies, as they are known by locals and lovers of the park, comprise the country’s most visited national park. It is within one day’s drive of more than half the nation’s population. However, ...
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    The Smokies, as they are known by locals and lovers of the park, comprise the country’s most visited national park. It is ...

  • #6 Chattanooga Area Campgrounds

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    Chattanooga, TN

    Chattanooga is a vacation destination for many looking for family-oriented fun. This town is packed full of things for the entire family—whether you’re into museums, nature centers, theater, ...
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    Chattanooga is a vacation destination for many looking for family-oriented fun. This town is packed full of things for the ...

  • #7 Hiwassee/ocoee Scenic River State Park “gee Creek” Campground

    3 Reviews

    Delano, TN

    Known as “Gee Creek Campground,” the overnighting portion of Hiwassee-Ocoee Scenic River State Park lies in a large, wooded flat at the base of Starr Mountain, adjacent to the cold, clear waters ...
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    Known as “Gee Creek Campground,” the overnighting portion of Hiwassee-Ocoee Scenic River State Park lies in a large, wooded ...

  • #8 Nashville Area Campgrounds

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    Nashville, TN

    Nashville, the state capital of Tennessee, is probably best known as the country music capital of the world. But while most people do associate country music and Nashville, there is so much more ...
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    Nashville, the state capital of Tennessee, is probably best known as the country music capital of the world. But while most ...

  • #9 Bristol, Johnson City, and Kingsport Area Campgrounds

    2 Reviews

    Johnson City, TN

    These cities, located in the northeast corner of Tennessee, are nicknamed “the Tri-Cities.” All three are modest-size cities with a small-town feel. Here the traveler can find everything from ...
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    These cities, located in the northeast corner of Tennessee, are nicknamed “the Tri-Cities.” All three are modest-size cities ...

  • #10 Shelbyville, Tim's Ford Lake, and Normandy Lake Area Campgrounds

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    Shelbyville, TN

    The town of Shelbyville is famous for the Tennessee Walking Horse and is home to the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration. This eleven-day event takes place annually in August. The celebration ...
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    The town of Shelbyville is famous for the Tennessee Walking Horse and is home to the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration. ...

  • #11 Bandy Creek Campground

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    Oneida, TN

    The National Park Service is catching on quite nicely. It realizes there are two divergent groups that use campgrounds: tent campers and RVers. Here at Bandy Creek Campground, the Park Service ...
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    The National Park Service is catching on quite nicely. It realizes there are two divergent groups that use campgrounds: tent ...

  • #12 Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park Campground

    2 Reviews

    Camden, TN

    The site of a Civil War engagement, the highest point in West Tennessee, attractive campsites right on Kentucky Lake... Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park is a land of superlatives. Anglers ...
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    The site of a Civil War engagement, the highest point in West Tennessee, attractive campsites right on Kentucky Lake... Nathan ...

  • #13 Fall Creek Falls State Park Campground

    1 Reviews

    Pikeville, TN

    It is only fitting that Fall Creek Falls— considered by many to be not only Tennessee’s best state park, but one of the finest in the Southeast—would have some of the best walk-in tent campsites ...
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    It is only fitting that Fall Creek Falls— considered by many to be not only Tennessee’s best state park, but one of the finest ...

  • #14 Abrams Creek Campground

    2 Reviews

    Tallassee, TN

    Campers don’t just stumble into this well-kept secret, hidden at the end of a gravel road off a meandering valley road. But those who find it make it worth their time. Located at the extreme ...
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    Campers don’t just stumble into this well-kept secret, hidden at the end of a gravel road off a meandering valley road. But ...

  • #15 Montgomery Bell State Park Campground

    1 Reviews

    Burns, TN

    Montgomery Bell was a Middle Tennessee mover and shaker back in the early 1800s. He moved to Dickson County to work the burgeoning iron ore industry. Some of the ore Bell actually extracted was ...
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    Montgomery Bell was a Middle Tennessee mover and shaker back in the early 1800s. He moved to Dickson County to work the burgeoning ...

  • #16 Rock Island State Park Campground

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    Rock Island, TN

    These days, the hand of man is often seen as a destructive force in nature. Here at Rock Island State Park, human forces unintentionally created what many Tennesseans (the author included) consider ...
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    These days, the hand of man is often seen as a destructive force in nature. Here at Rock Island State Park, human forces ...

  • #17 Smokemont Campground

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    Gatlinburg, TN

    Smokemont is strategically located on the Oconaluftee River at the base of the Smoky Mountains. From this location, campers can enjoy the immediate beauty of this national park, and jump onto ...
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    Smokemont is strategically located on the Oconaluftee River at the base of the Smoky Mountains. From this location, campers ...

  • #18 Meeman - Shelby State Park Campground

    1 Reviews

    Millington, TN

    The Mississippi River made Memphis. So it is only fitting that a nearby getaway lies on the banks of the Father of Waters. What surprises visitors are the outdoor opportunities—hiking, biking, ...
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    The Mississippi River made Memphis. So it is only fitting that a nearby getaway lies on the banks of the Father of Waters. ...

  • #19 Balsam Mountain Campground

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    Gatlinburg, TN

    The rare spruce-fir forests that cloak the highest elevations of the Smokies were among the primary reasons the Smoky Mountains were designated a national park. Covering only 13,000 of the park’s ...
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    The rare spruce-fir forests that cloak the highest elevations of the Smokies were among the primary reasons the Smoky Mountains ...

  • #20 Pickwick Landing State Park Campground

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    Savannah, TN

    Pickwick Landing State Park has a dizzying array of offerings, many of which don’t necessarily appeal to tent campers, like a lodge and golf course. However, it also has features that do lure ...
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    Pickwick Landing State Park has a dizzying array of offerings, many of which don’t necessarily appeal to tent campers, like ...