Arden S.

Chattanooga, TN

Joined June 2018

Make Friends & Travel More • Photographer and Budget Traveler • I enjoy being outside as much as possible.

Hometown Campground

I have been going to this campground since I was born. There's waterfalls, ranger activities, trails, rock climbing, playgrounds, and anything else you'd like. If you're looking for a place to eat go to Mentone at the Wildflower Cafe.

Just Enough

This is a park you go to if you're wanting a quick weekend get away near the lake. There's nothing that super stands out on a campground like this. It has a place to put tents and RVs but it definitely keeps it simple.

Perfect Year-Round Retreat

This area is pretty popular year-round. If you want the trails to yourself I would suggest waking up early to beat the crowds. There is water nearby if you're looking to take a quick swim. The trails and even just driving around this park is worth it. This campsite is close to the Cades Cove portion of the park, I think if I were to camp again I will go to the more mountainous portion.

Perfect Summer Retreat

This area is pretty popular year-round. If you want the trails to yourself I would suggest waking up early to beat the crowds. There is water nearby if you're looking to take a quick swim. The trails and even just driving around this park is worth it. This campsite is close to the Cades Cove portion of the park, I think if I were to camp again I will go to the more mountainous portion.

So Much to Explore

This area has waterfalls, beautiful hiking, rock climbing, bluff views, and a river running through it all. It is the perfect place to visit if you want to see everything.

Seclusion

The forest is beautiful but also huge. You can definitely get lost driving around or hiking. If you're looking for a quiet place to camp near Chattanooga this is it.

Great Near water

The trails are a little steeper but so gorgeous. Plus you can camp on a lake.

All the Water Views

Almost all of their sites have a view of the lake. Tent sites give just enough space for seclusion and everyone sites are on elevated platforms. Plenty of bathhouse access and if you like to paddle the candy is close by too.

Bring Your Insect Repellant

I camped in a pop up, so it was a higher end experience than I’m used to haha

Be prepared for heat and mosquitos. It was a small campground, but still offered an enjoyable experience.

Perfect for Familes

If you’re looking for a spot to carry your kids on one of their first trips, this would be the perfect place. They have scout activities, a Junior Ranger program, playgrounds, swimming pools, and plenty of trails to hike. I’ve lived here most of my life and each season offers something different. Summertime you can swim, Spring has full waterfalls and beautiful flowers, Fall has colorful leaves, and the winter gives just enough bare trees and icsicles for great pictures.