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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1400 West Gaines, Lawrenceburg, TN
David Crockett was a pioneer, soldier, politician and industrialist. He was born near the little town of Limestone in northeast Tennessee in 1786. ... Read More
328 Cedar Forest Rd, Lebanon, TN
Cedars of Lebanon State Park is located in Wilson County and is part of the Cedars of Lebanon State Forest. The park is named for Eastern Red Cedar... Read More
1500 Mitchell Road, Memphis, TN
T.O. Fuller State Park was the first state park open for African Americans east of the Mississippi River. It was designated Shelby County Negro Sta... Read More
78 Pebble Mountain Circle, Chuckey, TN
The campground was started by a couple in the early 70's who at that time belonged to a camping club. The members of that club helped to develop it... Read More
20 Cabin Lane, Henderson, TN
Chickasaw State Park was named for the Chickasaw Indians who once inhabited West Tennessee and North Mississippi. The 1,400 acres of land located i... Read More
2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage, TN
The 2,600 acres which make up this area became a state park in 1974 and has four sections, Couchville, Baker’s Grove, Bryant Grove and Sellar... Read More
1015 Big Ridge Road, Maynardville, TN
The heavily forested, 3,687-acre park is located in the Appalachian Ridge and Valley range, characterized by narrow ridges flanked by fertile strea... Read More
82 Beach Road, Rock Island, TN
Rock Island State Park is an 883 acre park located on the headwaters of Center Hill Lake at the confluence of the Caney Fork, Collins and Rocky Riv... Read More
16055 Hwy 79 N, Buchanan, TN
Paris Landing State Park is an 841-acre park located on the western shore of the Tennessee River, which is dammed to form Kentucky Lake (160,000 ac... Read More
110 Cove Lake Lane, Caryville, TN
Cove Lake’s 606 acres are situated in a beautiful mountain valley on the eastern edge of the Cumberland Plateau. Scenic nature trails lead th... Read More
4209 Nashville Highway, Chapel Hill, TN
Henry Horton State Park was constructed in the 1960s on the estate of the former governor of Tennessee, Henry Horton. The park is located on the sh... Read More
24 Office Drive, Crossville, TN
Cumberland Mountain State Park is situated on the Cumberland Plateau, a segment of the great upland, which extends from western New York to central... Read More
404 Spring Creek Road, Delano, TN
These internationally-recognized white water sites are well known for their scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. Floating, canoeing and ra... Read More
1825 Pilot Knob Road, Eva, TN
Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park began as a local park constructed by the Works Progress Administration, a Depression Era work recovery program. N... Read More
295 Big Cypress Road, Greenfield, TN
Big Cypress Tree State Park is named for the national champion bald cypress tree that once lived in the park. The tree was the largest bald cypress... Read More
8411 Harrison Bay Road, Harrison, TN
Harrison Bay State Park is a 1,200 acre park with approximately 40 miles of Chickamauga Lake shoreline, and was originally developed as a Tennessee... Read More
3122 Park Road, Henning, TN
Located on the western edge of Tennessee, approximately 40 miles north of Memphis, Fort Pillow State Historic Park is rich in historic and archaeol... Read More
1674 Standing Stone Park Hwy, Hilham, TN
Standing Stone State Park is located in Standing Stone State Forest on the Cumberland Plateau. The park takes its name from the Standing Stone, a 1... Read More
143 State Park Circle, Jellico, TN
Indian Mountain State Park is a multi-use facility in Campbell County near Tennessee's northern border. Visitors to the 203-acre park enjoy fishing... Read More
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