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.

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#1. Frozen Head State Park Campground


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…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Wartburg, TN - Campgrounds Best Trail in tn - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Indian Boundary Campground


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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#3. Chilhowee Campground


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 visiting—j…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Benton, TN - Campgrounds
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#4. Cherokee National Forest, Southern Districts Campgrounds


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 Carolina…
From the guidebook "Camping Tennessee"
Tellico Plains, TN - Campgrounds
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#5. Great Smoky Mountains National Park Area Campgrounds


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, thi…
From the guidebook "Camping Tennessee"
Gatlinburg, TN - Campgrounds
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#6. Chattanooga Area Campgrounds


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, art, or a…
From the guidebook "Camping Tennessee"
Chattanooga, TN - Campgrounds
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#7. Hiwassee/ocoee Scenic River State Park “gee Creek” Campground


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 of th…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Delano, TN - Campgrounds
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#8. Nashville Area Campgrounds


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 than…
From the guidebook "Camping Tennessee"
Nashville, TN - Campgrounds
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#9. Bristol, Johnson City, and Kingsport Area Campgrounds


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 car raci…
From the guidebook "Camping Tennessee"
Johnson City, TN - Campgrounds
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#10. Shelbyville, Tim's Ford Lake, and Normandy Lake Area Campgrounds


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 draws th…
From the guidebook "Camping Tennessee"
Shelbyville, TN - Campgrounds
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#11. Balsam Mountain Campground


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 500,…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Gatlinburg, TN - Campgrounds
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#12. Balsam Mountain Campground


The rare spruce-fir forest that cloaks the highest elevations of the Smoky Mountains are among the primary reasons this mountain range was designated a national park. Covering 13,000 of the park’s 500…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: The Carolinas"
Cocke County, TN - Campgrounds
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#13. Cosby Campground


Set on a slight incline in what once was pioneer farmland, this attractive, terraced campground is surrounded on three sides by mountains. The large camping area is situated between the confluence o…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Gatlinburg, TN - Campgrounds
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#14. Bandy Creek Campground


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 has des…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Oneida, TN - Campgrounds
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#15. Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park Campground


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 and boa…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: Tennessee"
Camden, TN - Campgrounds
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#16. Fall Creek Falls State Park Campground


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 aroun…
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Pikeville, TN - Campgrounds
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#17. Abrams Creek Campground


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 weste…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: Tennessee"
Tallassee, TN - Campgrounds
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#18. Smokemont Campground


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 Newfound…
From the guidebook "The Best In Tent Camping: The Southern Appalachian & Smoky Mountains"
Gatlinburg, TN - Campgrounds
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#19. Rock Island State Park Campground


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 to…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: Tennessee"
Rock Island, TN - Campgrounds
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#20. Meeman - Shelby State Park Campground


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, and pad…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: Tennessee"
Millington, TN - Campgrounds
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