The 10 Best Camping Spots in Tennessee!

Gorgeous mountains, stunning waterfalls, large lakes, winding rivers and more can be found throughout Tennessee, making this state a favorite among campers and hikers. Whether you’re looking for mountain views, swimming holes or a camping destination close to the city, you won’t be disappointed if you visit any of the spots on this list.

1. Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN

This Tennessee camping spot probably isn’t much of a surprise, but the Smokies are a must see if you’re anywhere close to Gatlinburg. The Balsam Mountain Campground is a favorite among campers with stunning mountain and sunrise views in the morning.

2. Frozen Head State Park, Wartburg, TN

Frozen Head is the perfect camping spot if you’re looking to see a waterfall. This park has many trails, which are great for hiking, backpacking and seeing just how serene nature can be. Visit in the fall to see the gorgeous leaves when they have changed to their warm autumn colors.

3. Cherokee National Forest, Tellico Plains, TN

This national forest is an amazing destination for those who love to fish. If you hike around the grounds, you are likely to run into a beautiful view of a waterfall or a scenic view of the water.

4. Long Hunter State Park, Nashville, TN

This picturesque campground is only a short drive from downtown Nashville! Bring along a kayak or canoe to enjoy paddling around the no wake zones of the river. There are also several spots to cliff jump (bring along a life jacket) and the bathrooms are very clean. This is a great spot to check out if you’re sick of the city. 

5. Rock Island State Park, Rock Island, TN

This state park is known for it’s prime whitewater kayaking areas with close by ramps. On the park’s natural sandy beach you can take a swim or bring along your binoculars to bird watch from the shore. 

6. Fall Creek Falls, Pikeville, TN

Fall Creek falls is a magnificent area to camp in Pikeville. There are peaceful waterfalls to view and even two suspension bridges! They even have a general store where you can snag some souvenirs or basic goods you might’ve left at home.

7. South Cumberland State Park, Jasper, TN

This hidden gem is amazing because of the short hike to the Foster Falls waterfall overlook from the parking lot. Most sites are shaded and provide the perfect amount of cover from the hot sun. This campground is even open year-round!

8. Henry Horton State Park, Chapel Hill, TN

Henry Horton State Park is unique because it has a trap and skeet shooting range that offers gun rentals. There is also over 10 miles of hiking, making it the perfect place to get outside and enjoy the outdoors.

9. Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns, TN

Montgomery Bell State Park offers both cabins and campgrounds for tents and RVs. Some of the campsites have views of the bank of the creek. The swim beach which is close by on Lake Acorn is free and a great way to spend time with family or friends.

10. Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Lebanon, TN

Cedars of Lebanon Park is open year-round to campers. With a disc golf course, eight miles of hiking trails and swimming pool, this state park is a great place to bring your family and kids.

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