Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Dennis Cove Campground

Dennis Cove Campground is a secluded campground along Laurel Fork Creek at an elevation of 2,650 feet in Carter County. This remote developed campground is popular with those seeking a rustic experience. The altitude, creek side location and lush forest surroundings make Dennis Cove particularly desirable during hot summer months. With 15 campsites, Dennis Cove is a great option for a group to reserve the whole campground for retreats and other events.  


Along with camping, Laurel Fork Creek is stocked with rainbow trout below the campground. Above the campground, the creek and its tributaries are managed as wild trout streams for brown, rainbow and brook trout. Laurel Fork Trail (#39) follows the creek upstream for 8.0 miles with twenty-six stream crossings. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is accessed via the nearby Coon Den Falls Trail (# 37).


There are 15 single campsites, including two double sites within Dennis Cove Campground. The campground has flush toilets. Each site contains a table, fire ring and lantern holder.

Natural Features

Dennis Cove Campground is located along the beautiful Laurel Fork Creek nestled in the mountains of the Southern Appalachians.

Nearby Attractions

Trailheads for Coon Den Falls Trail (#37) and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (#1) are approximately a half mile west of the campground on Dennis Cove Rd. Watauga Lake is approximately 25 minutes away.

ADA Access: N

$10.00 - $20.00
National Forest
Drive In
ADA Accessible
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Dennis Cove Campground is located in Tennessee
36.2572 N
-82.1108 W
Get Directions
Take US 321/TN 67 East out of Hampton, TN. Turn right onto Dennis Cove Road and drive approximately 5 miles. Dennis Cove Road is steep with hairpin turns, so plan to drive slowly. 
5 Reviews of Dennis Cove Campground

Really nice, small campground situated near several trails.

Great time! Ideal for base-hiking or a backpacking break!

Very pretty sight with a lot of nice hiking trails all around. Fairly close to the Appalachian Trail. There is also a stop-n-go near the road coming into the site.

Quiet, clean, beautiful.

Some sites are a little close together but still provide you with privacy. The bathroom (I think there is just one) is clean. The sites are clean! Lots of exploring around and the short hike is great for kids🙌🏻

Remote and beautiful

What I like about this campground is that it’s small, remote, close to some amazing trails, and it’s just quaint and beautiful. It’s really for tent camping only. I like that it feels more like camping in the back country but yet it is still a campground. But it is small. There is a small bathroom but no showers. There is running water. So it just depends on what you are looking for. I felt safe with rangers coming through every few hours. It was quiet with mostly families. And because it’s up in the mountains it stayed nice and cool even in the summer. Fun creek nearby and some of the best and prettiest trails around.

First to Review
Great spot

Small campground but it's quiet and shady. Great spot for a laid back trip.