Sylco Campground

Benton, Tennessee

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If you place a high priority on quiet solitude and close-at-hand wilderness hiking, Sylco is just the place for you. It is located in an isolated area of the Cherokee National Forest in the extreme southeastern corner of Tennessee. You don’t have to worry about RVs or trailers coming to this campground. There are three ways to get in here, and each way is rough and remote, just like the Sylco area. Primarily used as a hunting camp in fall, this campground is very lightly used the rest of the year. It is so lightly used in fact that the US Forest Service doesn’t even charge campers to stay here! And only a few of the 12 sites appear to get enough use to even beat down the grass that grows around the picnic tables. It’s remote—no registration and no campground hosts. Not to say this place is ragged and neglected, it’s just remote—and clean.
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by Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)

If you place a high priority on quiet solitude and close-at-hand wilderness hiking, Sylco is just the place for you. It is located in an isolated area of the Cherokee National Forest in the extreme southeastern corner of Tennessee. You don’t have to worry about RVs or trailers coming to this campground. There are three ways to get in here, and each way is rough and remote, just like the Sylco area.

Primarily used as a hunting camp in fall, this campground is very lightly used the rest of the year. It is so lightly used in fact that the US Forest Service doesn’t even charge campers to stay here! And only a few of the 12 sites appear to get enough use to even beat down the grass
that grows around the picnic tables. It’s remote—no registration and no campground hosts. Not to say this place is ragged and neglected, it’s just remote—and clean.

© 2016 Johnny Molloy/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Benton
Campsites: 21
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Hunting, Fishing, Hiking
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: 423-338-5201 www.fs.usda.gov/cherokee
Fees per Night: Free
Facilities: Vault toilet
Driving Directions: Directions to Sylco Campground

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