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.
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.
Bandy Creek combines the experience of traditional woods camping with the modern conveniences of flush toilets, hot showers and electric hookups. Sites can accommodate groups and both RV and tent camping.
The campsites are spacious and provide picnic areas and plenty of shade.
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.
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.
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The Big South Fork is an amazing place to hike in and the Bandy Creek campground is a great place to base yourself out of. You can do miles of trails from here. The campsites are nice and well maintained. There are tent only sites and RV sites. It is a big campground and can be very crowded, which may not suit some. They have a swimming pool, playground and volleyball net also. Firewood can be hard to find. but you can buy some at the horse stables across the street from the campground at all hours on an honor system (bring cash).
Big campground with some tent-only areas, fairly modern accommodations with some sports fields, pools, etc. Very wooded with dense trees/undergrowth that make the large camp sites private. Very clean also. It fills up so book in advance. Horses are also in this same campground so plan your space if you’d like to avoid the noise and smells (though it was kept quite clean and didn’t smell much).
Excellent camping area, level paved sites. Showers are in great shape, visitor center with friendly, knowledgeable staff and stables right across the road and a pool too. Trails are epic! Some sights and history to see!
Wanted to add this as well - the regular camp sites at Bandy Creek (previous review was on the group site) are great. The bathrooms are really some of the cleanest we've ever seen. Great for families as well. The hiking in the area is wonderful and you are able to reserve a few adjacent sites to allow for a more secluded camping experience.