At The Dyrt, we share camping tips from our community of campers and campgrounds. With so many campers staying home, we continue to share this info so you can plan future camping trips across the U.S.

Heading to Questival in Knoxville, TN and want to camp? We put together this list of popular campsites nearby.

Where to Camp Near Questival Knoxville

Questival Knoxville is kicking off at Ijams Nature Center! Our campground recommendations start with top campgrounds by camping type, and then list campgrounds from closest to furthest, along with more information below.

Top recommendation for tent campers: Poland Creek

Poland Creek is the closest campsite that provides ample room for tent campers. Reservation, distance, and cost details below.





Best backup for tent campers: Douglas Dam Tailwater

Douglas Dam Tailwater is a little further than Poland Creek but has more room for tent campers and at a cheaper rate. Reservation, distance, and cost details below.

Top recommendation for RVers: Mallets Bay Campground

Pigeon Forge-Gatlinburg KOA is an RVers dream. While they have tent sites, RVers will far outnumber tenters at this campground. Reservation, distance, and cost details below.

1. Poland Creek, TN

Distance: 23.5 miles

Website: Click here

Number of sites: 34-site campground.

Cost: Primitive tent sites, $18 per night. Lakefront electric sites, $30 per night.

Reservations?: Yes, reservations can be made by phone.

Phone number: (865) 257-6320

2. Pigeon Forge-Gatlinburg KOA, TN

Photo from The Dyrt user Jeanene A.

Distance: 26.6 miles

Rating: 5-star. “If you want to camp a little closer to the shops and eateries in the Smokies, then this one is perfect.” Read reviews here.

Website: Click here

Number of sites: Many (exact number not listed).

Cost: Prices range from $50-$75.

Reservations?: Reservations can be made online or by phone.

Phone number: (865) 453-7903

3. Riveredge RV Park, TN

Distance: 27.7 miles

Website: Click here

Number of sites: 175 campsites.

Cost: Prices range from $43-$55.

Reservations?: Reservations can be made online or by phone.

Phone number: (877) 881-7222

4. Douglas Dam Tailwater, TN

Distance: 30.6 miles

Website: Click here

Number of sites: Over 100 campsites among its six dam reservoir campgrounds.

Cost: Fees range from $12 per night for a tent-only campsite to $29 a night for a lakeside campsite with water, sewer, and electric hookups.

Reservations?: Reservations can be made online.

Phone number: (865) 361-1522

5. Douglas Dam Headwater, TN

Distance: 30.6 miles

Website: Click here

Number of sites: 65 campsites.

Cost: Prices range from $11-$25.

Reservations?: Reservations can be made online.

Phone number: (865) 361-1379

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