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    1.

    Roan Mountain State Park Campground

    45 Reviews
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    308 Saves
    Roan Mountain, Tennessee

    All of the park’s 106 family campsites have a grill and picnic table and are located near a *bathhouse with hot showers. A dump station is located at the campground check-in. The campground has 86 RV sites with water and electric hookups and 20 tent sites, each with water. The tent camping area does not have electric hookups. There are no sewer hookups in the campground.

    *Off-Season Bathhouse Closures: November 1st through April 15th Bathhouses 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 will be closed during the off-season. The 94 Bath House located in the lower area around sites 10 and 11 will be the only bathhouse open during the off-season.

    Dumpsters and recycling bins are also located at the campground check-in. Wi-Fi is available throughout the campground. A cell phone booster is also located at the campground check-in that Verizon Wireless customers may use to assist with cell service.

    Four group sites, which will accommodate approximately 25 people each, are available. The group sites are located just south of the individual tent-only camping area of the Roan Mountain State Park campground. They have large gravel tent pads, picnic tables, fire rings, grills, and water spigots at each site. There is no electricity, camping is only allowed on the gravel pads (not in the surrounding grassy areas), and it is approximately a 1/4 mile walk to the nearest bathrooms/shower houses. These four sites may be reserved up to 12 months in advance.

    Located on TN Hwy 143 at the base of the majestic 6,285 Roan Mountain, Roan Mountain State Park encompasses more than 2,000 acres dominated by rich hardwood forest along rugged ridges. The cool, clear Doe River winds its way through the center of the park and supports a healthy population of trout. Wildflowers and wildlife inhabit the hollows and ridges of the Roan foothills in abundance.

    There are 30 comfortable cabins, as well as RV and tent camping at the 106-site campgrounds. Each cabin has a front porch with rocking chairs, fully outfitted kitchen, full bath, wood burning stove and gas/electric heat. Each campsite has a grill and picnic table and is located near a bathhouse with hot showers.

    Visitors can hike along the creeks and ridges, tour the century-old Miller Farmstead or enjoy cross-country skiing in the winter months. There are approximately 12 miles of hiking trails and 2.25 miles of mountain bike trails. Difficulty levels range from easy to strenuous.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $14 - $54 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Warriors' Path State Park Main Campground — Warriors' Path State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Warriors' Path State Park Main Campground — Warriors' Path State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Warriors' Path State Park Main Campground — Warriors' Path State Park
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    Warriors' Path State Park Main Campground — Warriors' Path State Park

    25 Reviews
    54 Photos
    4 Saves
    Kingsport, Tennessee

    The Main Campground campsites are equipped with water and electric hookups. All campsites also include a grill and fire ring. Restrooms and heated showers are available.

    For your convenience, you can purchase firewood at the camp store during your stay.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Picnic Table
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    Little Oak Campground

    23 Reviews
    63 Photos
    287 Saves
    Shady Valley, Tennessee

    Overview

    All loops at Little Oak Campground are currently open. Little Oak Campground hugs the shores and inlets of beautiful South Holston Lake in Sullivan County, Tennessee. With a view of the Holston Mountain ridgeline and lake islands, Little Oak campsites are a relaxing setting for your vacation. There are 69 universally accessible campsites improved in 2012 including warm showers and a paved access road. Campground hosts are available on site to answer your questions.__

    Recreation

    Fishing is a popular activity for campers at Little Oak, with a concrete boat launch within the campground. Numerous campsites have easy access to the lake shore for tying off your boat. There are nearby trails for hiking and horseback riding. Children and adults enjoy riding their bikes on the roads between camping loops. There is also a lakeside grassy area popular for swimming and picnicking. There is an array of wildflowers to enjoy throughout the season, resident deer and turkey and other natural wonders for the naturalist in your group.

    Facilities

    Fishing is a popular activity for campers at Little Oak, with a concrete boat launch within the campground. Numerous campsites have easy access to the lake shore for tying off your boat. There are nearby trails for hiking and horseback riding. Children and adults enjoy riding their bikes on the roads between camping loops. There is also a lakeside grassy area popular for swimming and picnicking. There is an array of wildflowers to enjoy throughout the season, resident deer and turkey and other natural wonders for the naturalist in your group.

    Natural Features

    South Holston Lake is a 7,580-acre hydroelectric reservoir managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority and surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest. Holston Mountain and nearby Iron Mountain provide habitat for an array of wildlife including a healthy population of black bear.

    Nearby Attractions

    Little Oak Campground is within 30 minutes of Bristol, Tennessee, and nearby Bristol Motor Speedway. Backbone Rock Recreation Area is approximately 30 minutes away up beautiful Shadey Valley, and just five minutes past Backbone Rock is Damascus, Virginia. Jacobs Creek Campground and Swim Area is 25 minutes away for another view of South Holston Lake.

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    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $10 - $12 / night

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    Cardens Bluff Campground

    17 Reviews
    32 Photos
    369 Saves
    Hampton, Tennessee

    Overview

    Cardens Bluff Campground is open for the 2024 season. At nearly 2,000 feet elevation, Cardens Bluff Campground is located on a peninsula overlooking the 6,430-acre Watauga Lake in Carter County, TN. There are 43 sites, primarily for tent camping. There is a bathhouse with showers and flush toilets. No electrical hookups are provided. Day use areas are located nearby for those wanting to take advantage of swimming, boating, and fishing opportunities. Campground Hosts are on site to answer questions and assist with your visit.____

    Recreation

    Boating is popular for visitors to Cardens Bluff. Numerous campsites provide easy water access for kayaks, canoes and motorized boats. Swimming and fishing are also very popular activities at Cardens Bluff. Watauga Lake provides notably clean water for recreating.__

    Facilities

    Boating is popular for visitors to Cardens Bluff. Numerous campsites provide easy water access for kayaks, canoes and motorized boats. Swimming and fishing are also very popular activities at Cardens Bluff. Watauga Lake provides notably clean water for recreating.__

    Natural Features

    Watauga Lake is a 6,430-acre hydroelectric reservoir managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority and surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest. Directly across the lake from the campground is the Big Laurel Branch Wilderness area, a rugged, undeveloped mountain range with only the Appalachian National Scenic Trail within its boundaries.

    Nearby Attractions

    The nearby Rat Branch Boat Launch is an easy quick drive from the campground for campers with motor boats. Shook Branch Swim Area is also nearby on the shores of Watauga Lake. Big Laurel Branch and Pond Mountain Wilderness areas are located north and south of the campground for more rugged, backcountry hiking.

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    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $12 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park Campground
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    Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park Campground

    17 Reviews
    45 Photos
    68 Saves
    Chuckey, Tennessee
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $14 - $32 / night

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    Spacious Skies Bear Den

    48 Reviews
    654 Photos
    158 Saves
    Spruce Pine, North Carolina

    Set right off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 324.8, among the breathtaking Blue Ridge and Black Mountains and nestled in the Pisgah National Forest, Spacious Skies Bear Den is your mountain adventure destination!

    While most of our sites are full hook-up, we have water/electric spots for a more rustic camping experience or for our tent campers. We also offer cabins in an array of sizes and with varied amenities, ensuring we have the perfect spot that meets each family or group’s needs.

    When you arrive at your site or cabin, breathe in the serene beauty of the Pisgah National Forest, of which Spacious Skies Bear Den is a part. Leave your stress behind as you explore 13 miles of wooded hiking trails, some leading to waterfalls on the park grounds. Playgrounds, a rec hall, arcade, basketball, volleyball, and a swimming lake with a separate fishing area will keep campers of all ages occupied. A camp store stocked with necessities and treats alike, bathhouses, laundry on-site and WiFi all bring the comforts of home to your campsite.

    We are proud to announce our partnership with Black Folks Camp Too and are now the first “unity blaze certified” collection of private campgrounds!

    Being Unity Blaze Certified confirms that all 15 of our campgrounds and our team are committed to making sure all campers know “You are Invited and Welcomed” — the Unity Blaze motto. While Spacious Skies has always firmly held this belief, we wanted to go one step further in partnering with BFCT to make sure all campground staff completed the Unity Blaze training program.

    Please navigate to our website for up to date information regarding our amenities.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs

    $25 - $999 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway
    Camper-submitted photo from Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway
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    Julian Price Park Campground — Blue Ridge Parkway

    46 Reviews
    152 Photos
    555 Saves
    Blowing Rock, North Carolina

    Overview

    Located along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway in the lush green expanses of North Carolina, Julian Price Campground is a top destination for boating, hiking, fishing and more. Whether it's for a family camping excursion or a peaceful getaway, this campground has something for everyone.

    Recreation

    Canoe rentals are available at Price Lake, and other types of non-motorized boats are permitted. Fishing is also available at the lake, with a dock provided.Price Lake Trail offers a refreshing hike around the edge of the water, and the Boone Fork, Green Knob and Tanawha Trails are just a few of the trails that are conveniently accessed through the campground. Hebron Falls: A small waterfall accessed from the Boone Fork Trail. The Cascades: A beautiful waterfall accessed by the easy 1-mile loop Cascades Trail. A great hike for children. Moses Cone Flat Top Manor: A historic estate house (currently undergoing restoration) once owned by the Cone family. The grounds offer 25 miles of carriage roads to hike. Tours of the home are available. Currently houses the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Wildlife viewing is also popular as campers have a good chance of spotting bears, grouse, turkeys, owls, hawks and more.

    Facilities

    Canoe rentals are available at Price Lake, and other types of non-motorized boats are permitted. Fishing is also available at the lake, with a dock provided.Price Lake Trail offers a refreshing hike around the edge of the water, and the Boone Fork, Green Knob and Tanawha Trails are just a few of the trails that are conveniently accessed through the campground. Hebron Falls: A small waterfall accessed from the Boone Fork Trail. The Cascades: A beautiful waterfall accessed by the easy 1-mile loop Cascades Trail. A great hike for children. Moses Cone Flat Top Manor: A historic estate house (currently undergoing restoration) once owned by the Cone family. The grounds offer 25 miles of carriage roads to hike. Tours of the home are available. Currently houses the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Wildlife viewing is also popular as campers have a good chance of spotting bears, grouse, turkeys, owls, hawks and more.

    Natural Features

    Julian Price Campground is adjacent to Price Lake, a pristine body of water that sparkles against the backdrop of rolling Carolina hills. The surrounding forest offers hemlock, white pine, oak, hickory and birch trees, along with a colorful assortment of wildflowers in the spring and an array of vivid orange and red foliage displays in autumn. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a scenic byway that follows the high crests of the central and southern Appalachians for 469 miles from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.

    Nearby Attractions

    The beautiful town of Blowing Rock, located just 20 minutes away on the Blue Ridge Parkway, offers fine dining, shopping and more.

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    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $30 / night

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    Baileyton KOA Holiday

    13 Reviews
    40 Photos
    26 Saves
    Ducktown, Tennessee

    Mountains and streams provide the quiet country backdrop for this 50-acre KOA, with quick and easy access from I-81. There's so much to enjoy here: Tee up a bucket of balls at the on-site driving range, swish a pan in the gem mining sluice, cast a line in one of the spring-fed ponds, stroll along wooded hiking trails or join in planned themed activities (seasonal). For your stay, choose from a variety of RV Sites, Tent Sites, Cabins and even a tiny house. Visit historic Greeneville (a half-hour south), home of President Andrew Johnson. Race enthusiasts will discover roaring good fun at the nearby Volunteer Speedway dirt track or at Bristol Motor Speedway (less than an hour away). It's an easy day trip to the theme rides, live music shows and family entertainment at Dollywood. Pool: April 1 - September 15. Max pull thru: 75 feet.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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    Nolichucky Gorge Campground

    11 Reviews
    16 Photos
    56 Saves
    Erwin, Tennessee

    Welcome to Nolichucky Gorge Campground, a gem nestled near Erwin, TN. This spot is perfect for those who love being close to the water. The campground sits right along the Nolichucky River, offering some prime riverside tent sites. If you're into RV camping, there are spots set back a bit from the river, but still within easy reach of all the action.

    One of the standout features here is the easy access to Cherokee Beach. A short trail will get you there, where you can swim, chill out, or even float back to your campsite in a tube. It's a great way to spend a lazy afternoon. For those who prefer a bit more adventure, USA Raft is right next door, making it super convenient to get your rafting fix.

    The campground itself is well-maintained, with clean bathrooms and hot showers. The camp hosts are known for being friendly and helpful, which always makes a stay more pleasant. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the trip.

    If you're into kayaking, you'll love the fact that you can take out right at your site. It's a unique feature that not many campgrounds offer. And for those who enjoy a bit of nightlife, there's a small bar next door at USA Raft where you can unwind after a day on the river.

    Overall, Nolichucky Gorge Campground offers a mix of relaxation and adventure, making it a great spot for a weekend getaway or a longer stay. Whether you're here for the water activities or just to enjoy the peaceful surroundings, you're in for a treat.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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    Natural Tunnel State Park Campground

    19 Reviews
    120 Photos
    101 Saves
    Duffield, Virginia

    Natural Tunnel State Park Campground, nestled near Duffield, VA, is a gem for anyone looking to immerse themselves in nature. This place is open all year and offers a variety of accommodations, including tent sites, RV spots, cabins, glamping options, and even yurts.

    One of the standout features here is the Lover's Leap area, which many visitors rave about for its spacious and shaded sites. If you're looking for a bit of privacy and room to spread out, this is the spot. The bathrooms are kept super clean, and there's even a laundry facility on-site, which is a nice touch for longer stays.

    The park itself is packed with activities. The hiking trails are a big hit, with the Stockton Creek hike being a favorite despite its challenging water crossings. The Lover's Leap Trail offers stunning views but might be a bit nerve-wracking if you're not a fan of heights. For a more relaxed experience, the cable cars provide a fun way to see the park, and the ranger programs are both informative and entertaining.

    Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along. Just remember to keep them leashed. The park also has amenities like electric and sewer hookups, drinking water, and a market for any essentials you might need.

    Overall, Natural Tunnel State Park Campground is a fantastic spot for a getaway, whether you're into hiking, relaxing, or just enjoying the great outdoors.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Johnson City, TN?

According to TheDyrt.com, Johnson City, TN offers a wide range of camping options, with 258 campgrounds and RV parks near Johnson City, TN and 22 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Johnson City, TN?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Johnson City, TN is Roan Mountain State Park Campground with a 4.5-star rating from 45 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Johnson City, TN?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 22 free dispersed camping spots near Johnson City, TN.

What parks are near Johnson City, TN?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 36 parks near Johnson City, TN that allow camping, notably Cherokee National Forest and Pisgah National Forest.