The Chilhowee Campground is located in the Chilhowee Recreation Area of the Cherokee National Forest, just east of Ocoee, Tennessee. The drive to the campground is fairly steep, but the scenery is breathtaking along the way. There are a few scenic overlooks where you can pull over and take a break from the winding, narrow road, once of which has a short scenic loop trail you can hike (it’s a super-easy hike!).
The campground is open seasonally, from spring to early fall. Tents and reasonably sized RVS can be accommodated, but electricity is the only type of hookup available. Facilities include restrooms, showers, and a dump station. Reservations are accepted, but only within four days of arrival. This campground fills up quickly, as the fact that it’s in the heart of Tennessee’s whitewater country makes it a popular destination.
Within the Recreation Area, there are a lot of hiking trails, including a trail to the beautiful Benton Falls waterfall. Mountain bikes are allowed. You can also enjoy swimming or fishing in McKamy Lake or hanging out on its beach. No boats with gasoline motors are allowed in the lake, though electric motors are allowed. You could put in your kayak or canoe (though you might prefer to head down the road to the Ocoee River or the Hiawassee River if you’re looking for adventure).