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Campers venturing across Tennessee have access to hiking, boating, fishing, biking, rock climbing and picnicking across 56 state parks, enough variety to satisfy any adventurer’s soul. With terrifically high Appalachian peaks and plunging caverns, Tennessee travelers can get a sense of the sublime landscape that inspired music legends from Nashville to Memphis by camping in Tennessee.

East Tennessee is home to a part of the oldest mountain range in the world, the Great Smoky Mountains. As the name suggests, the peaks are often shrouded in fog, but that doesn’t make the view from Clingmans Dome any less spectacular. At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome towers as the highest point in Tennessee and the third highest point east of the Mississippi River. Make sure to say hi to the hardcore hikers, many people hiking the entire Appalachian Trail will stop at this unforgettable lookout.

A clear day at the dome observatory provides views as far as 100 miles. But explorers camping in Tennessee should plan on hiking their way up to the point, the roadway that leads to the observatory closes during inclement weather and from Dec. 1 to March 31 every year.

If you’re camping with the kids and they’re looking for more occupation than your campsite offers, many of the natural attractions in Tennessee are also family friendly. Lookout Mountain is only minutes from Chattanooga and offers several world-famous sites like Rock City and the See Seven States point.

All the mountain peak trails may leave the heights-averse camper less than enthused. But Tennessee has something for everyone. Also at Lookout Mountain, but plummeting beneath ground level, is where you’ll find Ruby Falls, the largest and deepest underground waterfall in the nation.

Scenic views and dramatic natural landscapes are part and parcel for any Tennessee camping adventure, as long as you know where to look. Camping in Tennessee can be done right with The Dyrt to guide you along your trails!

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Easy primitive campingexperience with kids

Bledsoe is great for little kids (which is now my primary criteria when judging a park). There is a flat trail next to the lake that my two year old loves to run up and down, playgrounds, and a story trail. There are also some nice hiking trails with beautiful views of the lake (for me) and lots of bugs and turtles (for the toddler).

While most of the campsites have RV hookups, there are several primitive sites next to the lake that are away from all the generator noise. These sites have ample room and a nice view of the lake.

Great camping for families that is a short drive from Nashville.

Big sites for a very cheap price.

I couldn't believe how big the spaces are. And they have fresh water on each site. My family loved it. We are coming back

Ok park close to things to do

We almost had the campground to ourselves only one other camper came in close to us. It was so quiet and woodsy. We had deer in our site everyday. We were in site #22 the best site was #21. The drive across the little bridge into the campground is neat going over the river. We had water & electric there is a dump station onsite.  We had a paved drive that was about 4" high so when you came down you stairs it was a drop off. It was good to have if it rained a lot but a pain to go in & out the camper. 

The museum was neat there's a lot of History there. The campground has a lot of nice hikes in it. 

Jiffy Burger is around the corner by far the best burger & fires I ever had, It's loaded with cool antiques, has great service and nice people eating in there. The American Pickers was in there before we were there the owner had a lot of good antiques at his home up the road. 

Jack Daniel's Distillery is close buy & so worth doing the tour and tasting. Jack did a lot for the people that worked for him & the town. Near the Jack Daniel's distillery is Lynchburg winery not bad. George Dickel Distillery is close too.

We went antiquing & found the most amazing place called Shelton Lane Antiques. This place is like a little village with a gas station, general store, and all kinds of little buildings. I have never seen such nice antiques. We thought where the heck is this place maybe we passed it or something it's out in the middle of nowhere. 

We went kayaking on Fire lake small winding roads really a cool drive. Pretty lake with some islands & inlets.  Nice day on the water.


Had a great 4 days here at Greenbrier. Sites are a little cramped but they did a nice job separating with trees and such. Location is perfect with tons of stuff to do within very short drives. Great place for kids as well as there is plenty for them to do. Bathrooms and showers were numerous and clean AND air conditioned. Cable and WiFi were added bonuses. Will definitely be returning.

Tim’s Ford ‘’ Fairview’ campground

Tim’s Ford ‘ Fairview’ is very beautiful. Very nice and peaceful. Very nice bathhouses and a friendly staff. It’s not a huge campground so you may want to reserve early.

Nice Clean campground

We stayed for 1 night on our way north. Pretty gardens, a shaded site, camp store & a clean refreshing pool. We love sitting out front watching Fireflies there were many.  we had a pull thru with full hook up. Were staying here again to & from our trip this year. I will add pictures when we come back from our trip.

Plenty of recreation

Lakeside with docks, plenty of grills and picnic tables. They have volley ball courts, archery grounds, shelters for parties, and playgrounds

Beautiful and welcoming rangers

Easy hiking trails with little to moderate inclines and terrain. Around 5-7 miles of trails, plenty of camping sites. I always see wildlife when i visit this park. It is lakeside with docks available and kayak rentals

Beautiful and Free but expect local trash

Beautiful waterfront camp sites. However, I think the locals use this as a weekend party spot, as there was a lot of trash (cans and food containers etc) left around. We also must have picked the local favorite swimming spot for our campsite as a group of people just pulled right into the site we were in and went down to use the lake. There were many other spots they could have accessed the lake so we found this very invasive. Other than that we really enjoyed our nights here. Don’t follow the directions from the link on the site. It will take you to a bible camp. From Demory Rd., take a right on Jim Lee rd, then take the second road on the left to head back to the public land area. Someone had carved in Fork Bend on the back of a road sign.

Great for Families

Lots to do in this family friendly campground. We never even left. We had a stream-side site that was quiet and relaxing and the kids loved playing in the stream. There is a water slide, pool, fishing pond, Gaga Ball and more. Our site was in a roundabout and bit hard to maneuver in with lots of other vehicles already there, but we managed ok.