Places to Camp near Rugby, TN

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Best Camping Sites Near Rugby, TN (174)

    Camper-submitted photo from Bandy Creek Campground — Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Bandy Creek Campground — Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Bandy Creek Campground — Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Bandy Creek Campground — Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Bandy Creek Campground — Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Bandy Creek Campground — Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

    1.

    Bandy Creek Campground — Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

    40 Reviews
    129 Photos
    82 Saves
    Rugby, Tennessee

    Overview

    Bandy Creek is a spacious and modern campground, situated in The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area--a vast and scenic expanse of land that offers visitors countless recreational activities.

    Recreation

    Numerous trails snake through the Recreation Area, offering mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding for visitors. A swimming pool, along with on-site volleyball court, playgrounds and ball fields, make Bandy Creek an ideal spot for families. The main river of the Big South Fork is also a short drive away, offering fishing opportunities.

    Facilities

    Numerous trails snake through the Recreation Area, offering mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding for visitors. A swimming pool, along with on-site volleyball court, playgrounds and ball fields, make Bandy Creek an ideal spot for families. The main river of the Big South Fork is also a short drive away, offering fishing opportunities.

    Natural Features

    The Big South Fork is located in north central Tennessee and southeastern Kentucky in some of the most rugged terrain of the Cumberland Plateau. The park encompasses approximately 125,000 acres including rocky gorges and forested plateaus. Numerous pristine streams unite with the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River. Over thousands of years, ceaselessly moving water has carved the sandstone of the plateau into impressive cliffs, arches and chimneys, which are found throughout the park.

    Nearby Attractions

    Located just under 20 miles from Bandy Creek is the Blue Heron Mine, also known as Mine 18, a historic abandoned mining town that has been rebuilt as an outdoor museum. Visitors can hear audio presentations from actual people who lived in the community in the 1950s.

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

    $140 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Frozen Head State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Frozen Head State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Frozen Head State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Frozen Head State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Frozen Head State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Frozen Head State Park Campground

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    Frozen Head State Park Campground

    31 Reviews
    125 Photos
    177 Saves
    Petros, Tennessee

    Frozen Head State Park Campground, nestled near Wartburg, TN, is a gem for those who appreciate a quieter, more intimate camping experience. This place is perfect for tent campers and overland rigs, thanks to its smaller sites and narrow roads that keep the big RVs at bay. The campground operates from March 15 to November 1, offering a serene escape during these months.

    One of the standout features here is the cleanliness. Visitors rave about the immaculate restrooms and heated showers—so hot, you might think your flip-flops are melting! The campground also has a sanitary dump, drinking water, and firewood available, making it convenient for extended stays.

    Families will love the playground and the creek at the bottom of the hill, which is close enough for easy access but far enough to keep the noise at a minimum. There's even a free book swap hut, a charming little building where you can take or leave a book. It's a nice touch that adds to the community feel of the place.

    For those who enjoy hiking, the park offers some fantastic trails, including a lovely waterfall hike. The park rangers are known to organize kids' activities and make rounds to ensure everyone has what they need. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along.

    While there's no Verizon service at the campground, you can catch a bar at the visitor center, just a short bike ride away. If you're planning a visit, try to snag site 14—it's a favorite among regulars. Whether you're here for the hiking, the peaceful atmosphere, or just a weekend getaway, Frozen Head State Park Campground won't disappoint.

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    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Pickett CCC Memorial State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pickett CCC Memorial State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pickett CCC Memorial State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pickett CCC Memorial State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pickett CCC Memorial State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pickett CCC Memorial State Park Campground

    3.

    Pickett CCC Memorial State Park Campground

    16 Reviews
    224 Photos
    102 Saves
    Pall Mall, Tennessee

    Welcome to Pickett CCC Memorial State Park Campground! This cozy spot is a gem for anyone looking to enjoy the great outdoors. The campground is small but mighty, offering a clean and well-maintained environment. Each campsite comes equipped with a picnic table, fire ring, and grill, making it easy to settle in and enjoy your stay. Some sites even have water and electric hookups, though not all do, so plan accordingly.

    One of the standout features here is the bathhouse, which is kept in great condition with showers that have excellent water pressure. If you're into hiking, you're in luck. Several trails are accessible right from the campground, leading you to stunning natural bridges and rockhouses that the area is famous for. The geological sights are truly something to behold.

    For those who love water activities, the park has a boathouse where you can rent boats, kayaks, and canoes. Paddling on the lake is a serene experience, and the scenery is nothing short of picturesque. If you're into stargazing, you'll be thrilled to know that the park is an accredited International Dark Sky Park. The astronomy field offers some of the best star views you'll ever see.

    The campground is near Jamestown, TN, and is part of the larger Pickett State Park, which abuts the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. This means you have even more trails and natural beauty to explore just a short drive away. Whether you're here for a weekend or a longer stay, Pickett CCC Memorial State Park Campground offers a peaceful retreat with plenty to see and do.

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

    $23 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Blue Heron Campground — Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Blue Heron Campground — Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Blue Heron Campground — Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Blue Heron Campground — Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Blue Heron Campground — Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Blue Heron Campground — Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

    4.

    Blue Heron Campground — Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

    22 Reviews
    130 Photos
    31 Saves
    Stearns, Kentucky

    Overview

    Blue Heron Campground is a rustic and spacious campground, situated on the Kentucky side of The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area--a vast and scenic expanse of land that offers visitors countless recreational activities.

    Recreation

    Numerous trails snake through the Recreation Area, offering mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding for visitors. The main river of the Big South Fork is also a short drive away, offering fishing opportunities.

    Facilities

    Numerous trails snake through the Recreation Area, offering mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding for visitors. The main river of the Big South Fork is also a short drive away, offering fishing opportunities.

    Natural Features

    The Big South Fork is located in north central Tennessee and southeastern Kentucky in some of the most rugged terrain of the Cumberland Plateau. The park encompasses approximately 125,000 acres of both rocky gorges and forested plateaus. Numerous pristine streams unite with the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River. Over thousands of years, this ceaselessly moving water has carved the sandstone of the plateau into impressive cliffs, arches and chimneys that are found throughout the park.

    Nearby Attractions

    Just a few miles from the campground is Blue Heron Mine, also known as Mine 18, a historic abandoned mining town that has been rebuilt as an outdoor museum. Visitors can hear audio presentations from actual people who lived in the community in the 1950s. The Big South Fork Scenic Railway Depot is located about 9 miles away in the town of Stearns, which offers train rides and other educational opportunities for campers. More information can be found online at https://bsfsry.com. Additional attractions include the Daniel Boone National Forest and Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, offering additional recreation opportunities.

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

    $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

    5.

    Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

    45 Reviews
    184 Photos
    156 Saves
    Parkers Lake, Kentucky

    Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, near Corbin, KY, is a gem for anyone looking to immerse themselves in nature. Known as the "Niagara of the South," this park offers a stunning waterfall that's a must-see. The campground itself is cozy, with a mix of tent, RV, cabin, glamping, and yurt accommodations.

    One of the standout features here is the electric hookups available at most sites, which is a nice perk if you're bringing an electric vehicle. The campground also has drinking water, showers, and toilets, making it a comfortable spot for a weekend getaway. Fires are allowed, and you can purchase firewood on-site, so no need to haul your own.

    For families, there's a playground to keep the kids entertained, and a small on-site store for any essentials you might have forgotten. If you're into hiking, the park has several trails, including the Wildflower Loop Trail and Eagle Falls Trail, which offer beautiful views and a good workout.

    Some visitors have mentioned that the campsites can be a bit tight, especially for larger rigs, so keep that in mind when planning your trip. However, the natural beauty of the park more than makes up for it. The falls are free to visit, and there's even a 45-minute horse ride available for just $25, which is a steal.

    Overall, Cumberland Falls State Resort Park offers a fantastic blend of natural beauty and convenient amenities, making it a great choice for your next camping adventure.

    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Tents
    Camper-submitted photo from Cove Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cove Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cove Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cove Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cove Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cove Lake State Park Campground

    6.

    Cove Lake State Park Campground

    25 Reviews
    49 Photos
    93 Saves
    La Follette, Tennessee

    Welcome to Cove Lake State Park Campground, a gem nestled in the mountains of Tennessee. This spot is perfect for those who love a mix of nature and convenience. The campground is open year-round, so whether you're a summer sun-seeker or a winter wanderer, you can always find a place here.

    One of the standout features of this campground is its proximity to the lake. Many sites, like the popular #27, offer stunning lake views and are shaded by towering pines. It's a peaceful setting where you can enjoy the quiet, interrupted only by the occasional bird song. If you're into fishing or kayaking, you'll love the easy access to the water.

    The campground is also big-rig friendly, making it a great choice for RV travelers. You'll find electric hookups, drinking water, and a sanitary dump station to make your stay comfortable. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the adventure.

    Visitors have praised the friendly and helpful staff, who are always ready to assist, even after hours. The bathhouses are generally clean and conveniently located near many sites. There's also a camp store at the front of the park where you can stock up on essentials like firewood and ice.

    For families, the playground and open fields provide plenty of space for kids to run around and play. And if you're looking to explore, the Devil's Backbone section of the Cumberland Trail is nearby, offering some beautiful hiking opportunities.

    Overall, Cove Lake State Park Campground is a fantastic spot for a relaxing getaway, with plenty of amenities and natural beauty to enjoy. Whether you're here for a quick overnight stay or a longer vacation, you'll find it a welcoming and enjoyable place to camp.

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

    $25 - $55 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from West Campground — Norris Dam State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from West Campground — Norris Dam State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from West Campground — Norris Dam State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from West Campground — Norris Dam State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from West Campground — Norris Dam State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from West Campground — Norris Dam State Park

    7.

    West Campground — Norris Dam State Park

    28 Reviews
    110 Photos
    2 Saves
    Lake City, Tennessee

    The west side has 50 sites with water and electric hook-up. The west side also has three paved sites suitable for persons with disabilities. If reserved, proper identification will be required upon check-in.

    To get to the West Campground

    From I-75 take Exit 128 (Rocky Top) and turn left onto US-441 S (Hwy. 61) for 2.8 miles until you see the stone entrance sign for Norris Dam State Park and turn left. Follow the signs to the campground, which will have you take your first left at the yellow gates. Follow the road for one mile to the west campground. ***Please use caution, the road leading to the campground is steep with dangerous curves.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Cumberland Mountain State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cumberland Mountain State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cumberland Mountain State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cumberland Mountain State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cumberland Mountain State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Cumberland Mountain State Park Campground

    8.

    Cumberland Mountain State Park Campground

    30 Reviews
    134 Photos
    138 Saves
    Crossville, Tennessee

    Welcome to Cumberland Mountain State Park Campground, nestled near Crossville, TN. This place is a gem for anyone looking to escape into nature while still enjoying some creature comforts. Open all year round, it offers a variety of accommodations including tent sites, RV spots, cabins, glamping options, and even yurts.

    One of the standout features here is the pet-friendly environment. Many visitors have brought their furry friends along and found the campground to be very accommodating. The RV spots are particularly spacious, providing plenty of privacy and room for larger setups. If you're like Tori P., who camped with an 8-person tent and two dogs, you'll appreciate the ample space and the friendly atmosphere.

    The amenities here are top-notch. The bathhouses are frequently praised for their cleanliness and modern facilities—think gym-quality bathrooms with hot showers. There's also a market on-site for any last-minute supplies, and a restaurant if you don't feel like cooking over the campfire. Speaking of campfires, yes, fires are allowed, and you can even buy firewood on-site.

    For activities, the park doesn't disappoint. There are fantastic hiking and biking trails, and the park's natural beauty, including waterfalls and mature trees, makes for a picturesque setting. If you're into water activities, there's kayaking and fishing to keep you entertained. And for those who enjoy a bit of history, the nearby Homestead Museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the past.

    Whether you're here for a weekend getaway or a longer stay, Cumberland Mountain State Park Campground has something for everyone. It's a place where you can truly unwind and enjoy the great outdoors.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Creek Campground — Obed Wild and Scenic River
    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Creek Campground — Obed Wild and Scenic River
    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Creek Campground — Obed Wild and Scenic River
    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Creek Campground — Obed Wild and Scenic River
    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Creek Campground — Obed Wild and Scenic River
    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Creek Campground — Obed Wild and Scenic River

    9.

    Rock Creek Campground — Obed Wild and Scenic River

    12 Reviews
    70 Photos
    83 Saves
    Lancing, Tennessee

    Overview

    Rock Creek Campground is located near the Emory River in the Obed Wild and Scenic River.

    Recreation

    Whitewater paddling is available seasonally in the Obed WSR. Rock climbing is another challenging activity, as is boulder climbing. The Obed WSR sports several unique trails for hikers, most notably the Point Trail and a portion of the Cumberland Trail. Those who like to fish will enjoy the Obed WSR, as a variety of bass, bluegill, catfish and other fish populate the river. Birdwatching is also a fun activity, particularly during the migratory seasons.

    Facilities

    Whitewater paddling is available seasonally in the Obed WSR. Rock climbing is another challenging activity, as is boulder climbing. The Obed WSR sports several unique trails for hikers, most notably the Point Trail and a portion of the Cumberland Trail. Those who like to fish will enjoy the Obed WSR, as a variety of bass, bluegill, catfish and other fish populate the river. Birdwatching is also a fun activity, particularly during the migratory seasons.

    Natural Features

    The Obed River winds through the Cumberland Plateau offering a variety of recreational activities for everyone.

    Nearby Attractions

    Just a few miles from the park is Frozen Head State Park which encompasses more than 24,000 acres of forest with mountainous terrain at an elevation from 1,340 feet to over 3,000 feet. Catoosa Wildlife Management Area is an 82,000 acre preserve with a focus on hunting and fishing but offering a wealth of other recreational activities as well. Lone Mountain State Forest is 3,600 acres and has 15 miles of trails for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $15 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Great Meadows
    Camper-submitted photo from Great Meadows
    Camper-submitted photo from Great Meadows
    Camper-submitted photo from Great Meadows
    Camper-submitted photo from Great Meadows
    Camper-submitted photo from Great Meadows

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    Great Meadows

    7 Reviews
    8 Photos
    22 Saves
    Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Kentucky

    The Great Meadows Campground, located on Stearns District of the Daniel Boone National Forest, is developed on both sides of the road. Deer Loop is on the right; Raccoon Loop is on the left. Deer Loop is open year round; but the water is shut off during the winter season. Raccoon Loop is April 1 - November 15. Make this page look nicer by submitting photos of your visit to Great Meadows Campground. Learn more... View Great Meadows Guide and Map Rock Creek, a designated Kentucky Wild River, runs along the Raccoon Loop. Rock Creek is stocked with rainbow trout March - June and September - December.. Campsite availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. Trails nearby: Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail - Section 37 and Section 38; Mark Branch Trail # 635 and Gobblers Arch Trail # 636.

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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Rugby, TN?

According to TheDyrt.com, Rugby, TN offers a wide range of camping options, with 174 campgrounds and RV parks near Rugby, TN and 6 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Rugby, TN?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Rugby, TN is Bandy Creek Campground — Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area with a 4.7-star rating from 40 reviews.

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

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 6 free dispersed camping spots near Rugby, TN.

What parks are near Rugby, TN?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 30 parks near Rugby, TN that allow camping, notably Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and Lake Cumberland.