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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My wife and I camped here on February 15 2020. Super easy check in. We traveled in a 29' motorhome. We stayed in section 1, site 22. It was right beside the shower house. It was a pull through site, but it was a little tight. To my surprise I opened the electric pedestal, and there was only 50 amp service. I'm set up for 30 amp, so I had to use an adapter. Keep in mind, while making reservations, section 1 has very small, cramped together sites.
We took a walk around section 2, and section 3. There was a lot more room, and seemed a little more private. I would recommend them over section 1. Wood was available for purchase in small bundles for $6 each cash only. I was actually surprised by how many people were camping in February. I would suggest reserving your spot a bit in advance. We look forward to returning.
On the Hiwassee River! There are lots of beautiful scenery, fishing, hiking to the Gee Creek falls, and floating down the river! If you get up early, you can walk out into the river, just be sure to watch for the water to rise! They let the dam open and it rises fast! Not far up the road, there are other places to go white water rafting, as well as hiking! The park rangers are awesome and are always eager to teach new things! The campground is great! Most of the sites are spaced apart well, so your not right up against your neighbors!
Camped here with a large group spread over two campsites. We pitched tents right by the water which was awesome. It was quiet, but there wasn't much separation between campsites and often found other campers just people-watching the entire trip.
With Gatlinburg nearby, and the overall size of the campgrounds, it felt very touristy and not like a typical camping trip. While we had fun, we probably would not return for these two reasons.
Elkmont is a 40 minute drive from Clingman's Dome, which was, as one of my friends put it "the greatest experience i've had camping, ever". Great trails to be found all over the place, too.
No cell service available, which was also great, if you care about that.
This is one of my favorite campgrounds. Family and friends try to go several times a year. Due to its popularity, make sure you make reservations n advance.
Paved roads and sites. Both 30 and 50 amp service along with water. There is a dump station as you exit the camping area.
Park is well maintained, bathhouses are clean with LOTS of hot water. Water pressure is not as good as it used to be. WIFI can be spotty to weak.
I love this place, no matter if we are tent camping or trying to fit our camper into the spots. Yes the spots are a bit tight but it is great place to camp. They updated the campground store and now have a huge selection of items. If you ever get a chance to go for the night hike don't pass it up. The stars are amazing out in the fields at night. One thing to do is make sure you keep your campsite clear as wildlife is all over the place. Yes bears will walk through camp.
We had a great time at this campsite. Large camping areas with fire ring, grill and picnic table.
This campsite is right by a hiking trail so it was pretty easy to get firewood. The bathrooms/ showers area are well maintained and easy to get too. All in all a great trip and will be going again real soon.