Chilhowee Campground

Benton, Tennessee 37307

Chilhowee Campground

Chilhowee Campground Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Chilhowee experience starts on the road to the campground. Forest Service Road 77 is a Forest Service–designated scenic byway that climbs 7 miles to the campground. Don’t rush the trip— pull off at one of the cleared overlooks and enjoy the view of Parksville Lake below and the mountains and valleys undulating in the distance. Once you’ve made the pull to the top and seen the campground, it’s the nearby activities that will keep you up there for a while.

This mountaintop campground is a cool retreat on hot summer days. Popular with families, many of whom return year after year, Chilhowee fills up on weekends and holidays. Although there are 25 sites with electric hookups, tent camping is the norm here; the steep drive up the mountain discourages most RVs and trailers. The campground itself is spread across three distinct areas."

Chilhowee Campground Trip Reports

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There is a short trail at the first scenic overlook on the way up Chilhowee to the campground. Just two miles up, stop to catch a view of the gorgeous Parksville Lake (also known as Lake Ocoee) from the Scenic Overlook and to hike the super-short yet beautiful Lakeview Trail No. 300 loop adjacent to the parking lot. Please note that there are a few spots where trees are down over the trail, so you’ll need to go over the downed trunks or walk off trail to clear the branches. Keep on going - it just gets better as you head toward the top!
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Camped here in late June on the back loop. Our site was in partial shade. Do not attempt to find this campground in the dark. From the base of the mountain to the campground entrance is a 15-20 minute drive us a winding narrow road.

Plan on spending some time in this area is you are a hiker! The trails are amazing with many falls and scenic overlooks. You can easily drive 1-2 hours to many other trails. The Hiking Tennessee Falcon guide is a must as are the NatGeo topo maps. Be sure to check out the hidden Summerland trail (not an official trail but in the Falcon guild)

I also drove my wife over to the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC for her birthday.
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Stayed there in June and found a great spot in one of the newer loops. Sites are spacious and allow for privacy. Lots of great trails all around

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
April–November, limited sites year-round
Swimming, Boating, Fishing, Hiking
Additional Use
Local Contacts
Fees per Night
Flush toilets, warm showers, drinking water

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