Defeated Creek Park Campground sits along the banks of Cordell Hull Lake on the Cumberland River System, just seven miles from Carthage, Tennessee. The lake was named after Cordell Hull, a politician that was born in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains. Hull is best known for being the longest running secretary of state in American history, serving for 11 years. Click here for a virtual tour of the Cordell Hull Lake facilities.
The 12,000-acre lake stretches 72 miles upstream and boasts 381 miles of shoreline, offering countless recreational activities for visitors.
Anglers enjoy fishing for white bass, rockfish, largemouth bass, catfish, shad and crappie.
Boating, sailing, water skiing and jet skiing are popular activities on the water, and boat ramps and a marina provide easy lake access.
Miles of hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking trails surround the lake. The 6-mile Bearwaller Gap Trail has a trailhead within the campground. Other trails in the area include the Turkey Creek Nature Trail and Bear Wheels Trail.
The campground offers 155 sites for tents and RVs, all with electric hookups. Two large group day-use shelters are also available on a first come first serve basis or for reservation in the day use area, both shelters have water and electric hookups. A boat ramp, playground, beach, and tennis and volleyball courts are all provided, making the area perfect for families or larger parties. A marina is located adjacent to the campground.
Cordell Hull Lake is situated among rolling hills covered in a mix of shady maple, hickory, oak, beech and chestnut trees. Summer temperatures range from the 60s to the 90s. Wildlife is abundant around the lake. Whitetail deer, wild turkey, quail, squirrels, rabbits and a wide variety of waterfowl are commonly seen throughout the area.
The historic town of Granville, Tennessee, is 25 miles from the campground. Visitors enjoy celebrating the town's Heritage Day annually in May. Events include the Uncle Jimmy Thompson Bluegrass Festival, antique car and tractor shows and Civil War living history presentations.
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Large camping area. Mostly RV campers. We were the only ones in a tent but that might have been because it was cold at night in November. Very pretty lake and beach area. The campsites are not secluded so tent campers should be aware. Staff was fantastic and bathrooms very clean. No litter/trash to be seen anywhere. Comfortable and good for new campers but if you are looking for something rougher and secluded like we were look elsewhere.
No cell service
Mostly flat campground with great water views about everywhere. Private beach access and some playground areas. Nice bathhouses but could use shivering updating. Very close stores and a boat rental and restaurant at the beginning of the park. Super nice staff and all around clean area.
This is really a very nice park. With senior pass it is half price. There are deer everywhere in park(fawns and even Bucks). Like COE’s it is spacious with good space between sites. Lots of shade trees. Access lake is good all around park. Park is kept clean and restrooms, showers cleaned everyday. Need to trim trees better to keep limbs from falling. Sunset scenery around mountains is beautiful in evenings. Negatives are no WiFi , no antenna tv. Satellite can even be hard to get in some spots. This is negative only because of bad weather alerts.
Best Campground ever !! We love to camp here it’s so relaxing and restful. The campsites are spaced apart and are nice size. We always get sites on the water. The kids ride bikes and fish.
I love this campground, but hate the reservation system. Problem seeing sites booked, and the party no shows leaving a great site unavailable. Very frustrating. This reason knocks it down a couple notch’s on rating system.
Otherwise this is one of the best campgrounds in Tennessee. Beautiful lake views with rolling hills. Phone, TV, Satellite maybe unavailable on some sites. Campground does offers full hook- up, however some sites do not have sewer or 50 amp. Great for families! Kayaking and fishing and also beach for swimming. Picnic table and fire ring at all the sites. Book early!
Awesome campground, not a negative thing to say. it’s our favorite campground. It’s a must stay.
Can’t find a bad site! Our favorite place but very hard to get into.
Really large grassy sites with plenty of room to maneuver an even. Perfect place for group camping. Overlooks river. Offers Sunday morning services.
Really, I think that all sites at this campground are pretty great, but the ones along the perimeter are just amazing. The views of Cordell Hull Lake can’t be beat, no matter where you are. It’s a pretty big campground with 155 sites for both tents and RVs, but the sites are so big so you really don’t feel packed in or on top of your neighbor. All of the sites have water and electric, which was nice and convenient. We don’t typically use electricity while we’re camping these days, but it’s nice to be able to charge the phones (cameras). The bathhouses are clean and not too busy, but they did get pretty hot and muggy in the warm weather, and after a few showers some areas of the floor were flooded.
We were at site #10 on Lake Loop, and we loved it. It wasn't completely flat for the tents, but close enough… Site #12 was a bit better as far as the slope goes. The Bearwaller Gap Trail is right near the campground, and the trailhead was super close to our site. It's a 6 mile trail (one way), and it's a pretty strenuous hike. We didn't hike the whole thing but we managed to check out a small portion of the trail while we were there.