RV Sites
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Fires Allowed
Pets Unknown
Drinking Water
About Little Oak Campground

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.


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.


There are 69 universally accessible campsites for tents or RVs within four loops at Little Oak Campground. Each loop has a pair of vault toilets. In addition, there is an accessible shower house with 8 showers for the campground. There is a boat launch within the campground with an additional single vault toilet.

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.

ADA Access: N

National Forest
Drive In
Boat In
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Trash Available
Little Oak Campground is located in Tennessee
36.5195 N
-82.0608 W
Get Directions
From Bristol, take US 421 south for 12 miles, and turn right onto paved Camp Tom Howard Road. After 0.5 miles, this road becomes Forest Road #87. Continue on Road #87 for six miles. Turn right on Road #87G for 1.5 miles to Little Oak.
5 Reviews of Little Oak Campground
All you need for a weekend getaway

Beautiful campground right on the lake can’t beat it! Well updates and kept campground nice restrooms facility!

An amazing getaway

Very peaceful on the lake. Close to the racetrack and great fishing spots.

Located on South Holston Lake. Clean, well-kept camping spots.

There is boating access nearby. Some campsites are RV accessible. Bathhouses are available. The Lake is beautiful.

The Cinder Pile

Great, we have been here at least 50 times. Right across the hwy is Jacobs Creek , it's all part of South Holstein lake. great area to camp an nearby baitshops an boat docks, grills an camping are awesome this time of year.

First to Review
Lakeside camping in Cherokee National Forest

Holston Lake is absolutely beautiful. The campground is deep in the national forest, out on a series of peninsulas, making all the campsites quite close to the water. Not all have a water view though, since the greenery is so dense. There are some short hiking trails, but plan to spend most of your time on the water. Close to 81 and lots of other campgrounds nearby if this one fills up.

Yay: Nice medium sized campground with basic but excellent amenities.

Nay: Long dirt road not necessarily accessible to all cars if it’s been raining.

Surprise: Really enjoyed walking along the shoreline and the sunset over the lake. There are stables nearby where you can hire horses (we didn’t have time to do so).