Best Camping near Kingsport, TN

Camping near Kingsport, Tennessee

Camping near Kingsport, Tennessee, offers a variety of experiences for outdoor enthusiasts. From state parks with rich historical backgrounds to well-maintained KOA campgrounds, there's something for everyone. Whether you're looking for a quiet retreat in nature or a family-friendly spot with plenty of activities, the campgrounds around Kingsport have you covered.

In this guide, we'll explore some of the top campgrounds near Kingsport, what you can do while camping, what campers like and dislike, and tips for families and RVers. Each campground mentioned is linked to its page for more detailed information.

What to do

Camping near Kingsport provides a range of activities to keep you entertained. From hiking and fishing to exploring historical sites, there's no shortage of things to do.

At Warriors' Path State Park Main Campground, you can enjoy beautiful shaded lots and great hiking trails. Pam H. mentioned, "Beautiful shaded lots, with great hiking trails, lake, and more. Only stayed one night, would like to come back and spend a few days."

Natural Tunnel State Park Campground offers unique experiences like the Stockton Creek hike and cable cars. Suzanne P. shared, "The ranger programs are fantastic. We recommend the Stockton Creek hike (though it is through water and a bit challenging balance-wise). The cable cars are so fun."

For those interested in history, Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park Campground provides a glimpse into the past with its historical area and homestead. Shelly S. noted, "David Crockett is a small State Park, however, there is a lot of attention to detail put into this historical area."

What campers like

Campers appreciate the well-maintained facilities, friendly staff, and beautiful natural settings at the campgrounds near Kingsport.

At Baileyton KOA Holiday, campers enjoy the spacious sites and friendly staff. Kirk S. said, "Site that we stayed in was wide and long. We did not feel squeezed in. The park has been expanded or reworked recently. Campground is clean and well kept."

The cleanliness and helpful staff at Natural Tunnel State Park Campground are also appreciated. Rivers P. mentioned, "Very nice campground! Very clean. Even the fire pit was cleaned out. Host came by within ten minutes to check us in, which was much appreciated."

Campers at Warriors' Path State Park Main Campground love the shaded lots and friendly staff. Richard G. shared, "One of the nicest state parks we’ve been to. Heavily wooded lots of shade. Not all sites have sewer hookups. Very friendly and helpful staff."

What you should know

While camping near Kingsport offers many positives, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure a smooth experience.

At Warriors' Path State Park Main Campground, some sites may not be ideal. Karen noted, "Site 50 and 27 are great. Site 111 in overflow was not good. Had to move. Very tilted."

The steep climb into Natural Tunnel State Park Campground can be challenging for some. MickandKarla W. shared, "It's a steep climb into the campground (CG) area but doable. At the main park entrance keep going straight and veer to the right up the hill to cabins/CGs to get to Lover's Leap and Cove View CG areas."

At Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park Campground, the Nolichucky River is dangerous for swimming. Perry N. warned, "Great fishing in the Nolichucky River, but very dangerous river, DO NOT SWIM IN."

Tips for camping with families

Camping with families near Kingsport can be a fun and memorable experience with the right preparation and knowledge.

Warriors' Path State Park Main Campground offers a great environment for families with its beautiful lots and hiking trails. Jennifer H. mentioned, "Overall we loved the campground and view of the water. The only negative about our site would be traffic noise from the nearby bridge."

Baileyton KOA Holiday is a family-friendly campground with amenities like a pool, waterpark, and playground. Cat R. shared, "This is a cute KOA campground at a great price! Pool, Waterpark, driving range, 2 lakes, showers, bathrooms, mining for kids, playground and store."

At Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park Campground, there are plenty of activities for kids, including a playground and swimming pool. Shelly S. noted, "Definitely a good park for young families, enough stuff to explore and things to do without a lot of traffic."

Tips from RVers

RVers will find several campgrounds near Kingsport that cater to their needs with spacious sites and full hookups.

Baileyton KOA Holiday offers large, level sites that are perfect for RVs. Kirk S. said, "Easy to access this campground. You feel like you are in the countryside and you are right. There is a driving range for the individuals that need to get their golf fix in."

At Natural Tunnel State Park Campground, the Lover's Leap loop is recommended for RVs. MickandKarla W. shared, "I would definitely suggest staying in the Lover's Leap loop regardless of what size of rig you have because the sites are more spacious."

Warriors' Path State Park Main Campground also accommodates RVs, but be mindful of site sizes. Jennifer H. mentioned, "The site was perfect for our 23 ft RV but pay attention to the site size as some RVs had issues getting their larger RVs in their sites with the road/site layout."

Camping near Kingsport, Tennessee, offers a variety of experiences for all types of campers. Whether you're looking for a quiet retreat, family-friendly activities, or RV-friendly sites, the campgrounds in this area have something to offer. Use the tips and insights from fellow campers to make the most of your camping trip near Kingsport.

Best Camping Sites Near Kingsport, TN (199)

    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
    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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    1.

    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.

    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Picnic Table
    Camper-submitted photo from Roan Mountain State Park Campground
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    Roan Mountain State Park Campground

    45 Reviews
    204 Photos
    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.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $14 - $54 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Natural Tunnel State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Natural Tunnel State Park Campground
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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.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Oak Campground
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    Little Oak Campground

    23 Reviews
    63 Photos
    286 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.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $10 - $12 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park Campground
    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

    Camper-submitted photo from Baileyton KOA Holiday
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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.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Cardens Bluff Campground
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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.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $12 / night

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

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    Moody Bluff Campground — Warriors' Path State Park

    6 Reviews
    1 Photo
    1 Save
    Kingsport, Tennessee

    Moody Bluff Campground deluxe campsites are equipped with water, electric, and sewer hookups. Some of the sites can accommodate RVs up to 75 feet, and there are nine pull-through sites. All campsites also include a grill and fire ring. Two bathhouses with restrooms and heated showers are available at the campground.

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

    • Fires
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Market
    • Picnic Table
    Camper-submitted photo from Sugar Hollow Campground
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    Sugar Hollow Campground

    8 Reviews
    6 Photos
    74 Saves
    Bristol, Virginia
    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Group

    $20 / night

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    Bristol-Kingsport KOA

    3 Reviews
    14 Photos
    18 Saves
    Kingsport, Tennessee
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Kingsport, TN?

According to TheDyrt.com, Kingsport, TN offers a wide range of camping options, with 199 campgrounds and RV parks near Kingsport, TN and 10 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Kingsport, TN?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Kingsport, TN is Warriors' Path State Park Main Campground — Warriors' Path State Park with a 3.9-star rating from 25 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Kingsport, TN?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 10 free dispersed camping spots near Kingsport, TN.

What parks are near Kingsport, TN?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 34 parks near Kingsport, TN that allow camping, notably Cherokee National Forest and John W. Flannagan Dam and Reservoir.