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Best Camping in Tennessee | Ultimate Guide To Tennessee Campgrounds


Tennessee is famous for many things, among them: barbeque, the Grand Ole Opry, country music, Dollywood, Elvis, and Camping. And while the Great Smoky Mountains may be the most famous destination for camping in Tennessee, there are dozens of campgrounds outside the park that can give the campgrounds inside the park a run for its money. For most visitors the state is divided into three regions—eastern, middle, and western Tennessee. Memphis is in the west, Nashville is in the middle, and Knoxville, and the Great Smoky Mountains are in the far eastern part of the state.  Pick a region and let’s go camping in Tennesee.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Camping in Tennessee

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107 Park Headquarters Road

Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Phone: (865) 436-1200

The Great Smoky Mountains is the most visited national park in the United States with well over two million visitors a year. Its combination of nature, history, and wildlife makes it one of the most diverse parks in the state. It’s also a campers paradise with different kinds of camping for different kinds of campers.

  • Backcountry  – This is camping for backpackers. Be prepared to hike anywhere from one to 20+ miles to find an approved campsite or shelter in the park’s backcountry. Different permits, rules, and regulations apply to Appalachian Trail through campers, so check before you strike off into the woods.
  • Frontcountry – Frontcountry camping is more often referred to as “car camping,” as campers typically camp near or even in their van or car in a developed campground. The campground typically has restrooms with cold and/or hot running water and flush toilets. Each individual campsite has a fire grate and picnic table. Some sites may also have water and electricity at or near each site.
  • Group Campgrounds – large campsites suitable for groups of eight people or more. Located in frontcountry campgrounds.
  • Horse Camps– Horse campgrounds are typically small campgrounds, accessible by vehicle. Campers stay in tents, their vehicle or RV, or their horse trailer. Most offer hitch racks for horses and primitive camping facilities like vault toilets, and water.

Campground facilities throughout the park, and the procedures for obtaining a site in each type, are different. Facility amenities, reservations, and operating seasons vary so contact each facility for times, rates, and answers to other questions.

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Standing Stone State Park – Camping in Tennessee

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1674 Standing Stone Park Hwy.

Hilham, Tennessee 38568

Phone: (931) 823-6347

Toll Free: (800) 713-5157

Standing Stone State Park is located in Standing Stone State Forest on the Cumberland Plateau. A 12-foot-tall rock standing upright on a sandstone ledge gives the park its name. The rock was supposedly used as a boundary line between two Indian nations. When the rock fell, the Indians placed a portion of it upon an improvised monument to preserve it. The stone is still preserved in nearby Monterey, Tenn.

Unlike many campgrounds, Standing Stone has its roots in other history as well. In the 1930s, Standing Stone was an area plagued with soil erosion and sub-marginal lands. With the assistance of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Work Projects Administration (WPA), the Resettlement Administration and U.S. Forest Service, the area was made productive again. Farmers were relocated to better land, and the site became a state park in 1939.

Standing Stone State Park has more than eight miles of day-use hiking trails which range from easy to strenuous. The trails pass into virgin woods through wildflowers, over-flowing streams and twist and wind around beautiful Standing Stone Lake.

The park has 36 campsites, each with grill, picnic table, water and electricity. There are also 17 historic WPA cabins and seven more modern cabins available that can be reserved up to a year in advance. All cabins are completely equipped for housekeeping including appliances, microwave oven, cooking utensils and linens. The park has three group lodges ranging in size and accommodations.

The 800 square foot Tea Room at Standing Stone is a conference-style meeting room at the park. It can accommodate up to 80 people, and includes a large back deck and five picnic tables. Great views of the lake and natural scenery make it an ideal location for wedding receptions, family reunions and small conferences.

The park’s campground has 36 tent and trailer sites, each equipped with a picnic table, charcoal grill, water hookups, and 20, 30, 50 amperage electrical hookups. RVs are limited to 45 feet. The campground is served with two central bathhouses and a dump station. Although the campground is open year round, only one bath house serves the campground during the winter season. There is long-term camping, but the maximum stay limit is two weeks.

The Park honors Golden Access Cards or passport for disabled and/or senior citizens discount. The campground provides accessibility to persons with disability. Dogs, cats and other pets are prohibited unless they are on a leash or under physical restrictive control at all times. Pack animals are not allowed in the park. Backcountry camping is not allowed in park. Any vehicle over 30 feet must enter the park by Highway 52 due to a bridge in the park that will not accommodate vehicles that are over 30 feet in total length.

Camping in Eastern Tennessee

The Great Smoky Mountain National Park’s best camping is almost always up a trail, but there are thousands of great campgrounds for those who prefer to “car camp,” or camp in their RV or tent. There are campgrounds inside and outside of the park, but the ones inside fill up quickly, so make reservations.

Rocky Top Campground – Camping in Tennessee

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496 Pearl Lane

Blountville, TN 37617

Phone: 423-323-2535

Ranked a 9/10 and 5 W’s by Woodalls, Rocky Top has been a consistent favorite among campers for many reasons, including its size, views, and proximity to many of the local attractions. Rocky Top Campground sits on 12 mostly wooded with mature shade tree acres. The campground was built to maintain the natural beauty of its country setting and it does that and more. They have 35 full hookup RV sites with 20, 30 and 50 amp service, Cable TV and WIFI. The sites are level and most have concrete patios.  The campground also offers 4 cabins; 2 large cabins that sleep 6 and 2 small cabins that sleep 2.

Rocky Top Campground is a quiet and relaxing adult campground.  They do not allow children under the age of 16 and they don’t rent sites on a weekly/monthly basis to adults with children of any age. However, they do welcome pets if they’re kept on a leash, and you clean up after them. (Leashes must be no longer than 6 foot).

The campground is popular for its proximity to many local attractions, including the world’s fastest half mile track “The Famous Bristol Motor Speedway” and Thunder Valley Dragway. Rates are higher during local speedway and other events, so call ahead to check rates before you go.

They do provide WIFI to their campers but it cannot handle gaming systems, streaming devices, or smart tvs. They ask that it not be used for work needs etc.  It can only handle 2 devices per site.  It is only provided to allow our customers to check emails, general internet searches and online banking etc.  If you need the internet for the other things then you need to provide your own internet.

Deep Creek – Camping in Tennessee

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1090 West Deep Creek Rd.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone: (828) 488-6055

Although not technically in Tennessee, it’s just over the Tennessee/North Carolina border, making Deep Creek a very popular campground with both Tennessee and Carolina campers. It has 92 sites, including: 45 tents-only sites (sheltered sites for tents, popups and vans) on the banks of Deep Creek and 10 creekside sites with power and full hookups for campers, popup & RVs.

There are 16 RV sites with power and full hook-ups, 3 sheltered sites with water and electricity and 10 big rig sites including 3 pull-through sites with full hookups and cable. Pull-through sites as available as well. There are group options as well if you have couples, families, or a church or scout group event.

  • Large, clean bathhouse – individual rooms with hot showers
  • 20, 30 and 50-amp electric service
  • Picnic tables and fire rings with grills
  • Cable access at selected sites
  • Inner tube rental

A first-come, first-served campground, Deep Creek offers access to beautiful streams and waterfalls, as well as two of the park’s few mountain biking trails – Deep Creek and Indian Creek. The campground opens in early April and stays open through the height of the fall color season – usually late October.

The campground has restrooms with running water and flush toilets. Each individual campsite has a fire grate and picnic table. RVs up to 26 feet in length can be accommodated here, but there is no dump station. The cost per night is $17. While it is 47 miles from Gatlinburg, Tenn., and 13 from Cherokee,N.C., it is only three miles from Bryson City, N.C., where you can stock up on groceries. There are also medical facilities in Bryson City.

Cades Cove Campground – Camping in Tennessee

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With tons of wildlife, access to trails, and incredible views of the mountains, it’s no wonder that Cades Cove one of the most popular camping destinations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The campground is located just off of the Cades Cove Loop, an 11-mile paved road that circles around the valley.

The campground is super accessible and open year round. There are 160 sites at Cades Cove, with easy access to the Cades Cove Nature Trail. On the other side of the loop is the five-mile round trip trek to Abrams Falls, one of the most powerful waterfalls in the park.

Cosby Campground – Camping in Tennessee

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Located in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Cosby Campground has 157 campsites, all close to the incredible hiking trails found within the park. Three miles from the Appalachian Trail via the Lower Gap Trail, it’s easy to get into the backcountry for incredible views, fantastic fishing, and wildlife watching opportunities.

Camping here also gives you direct access to the 11-mile hike to the summit of Mount Cammerer, where you can get one of the best views in the park. This campground is out of the way from most of the crowds, and just 20 miles from the town of Gatlinburg, making it a local favorite.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Campground – Camping in Tennessee

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3404 Whaley Dr

Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Phone: (865) 888-5925

If your child would love nothing more than to have Yogi Bear himself bring him cookies and milk to his bedside at night, this is your campground. Of course there’s more to Jellystone than the loveable bears from the popular animated cartoon series, but you have to admit, it’s a great perk if you have young ones.

Join Club Yogi Rewards and earn Club Points good towards FREE campsites, cabin rentals and select Yogi Bear™ merchandise. Plus members enjoy other benefits like: bidding points on auctions, discount coupons on Yogi Bear merchandise, birthday gifts for the kids, and a members-only website packed with valuable information.

Jellystone Park™ of Pigeon Forge / Gatlinburg is an all-season resort with cabins, premium RV sites, glamping tents, two pools, and a fishing pond! The campground is located just one mile from Dollywood and Dollywood Splash Country. This is a great campground to base out of if you’re visiting Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and all the amazing attractions along the way.

Jellystone offers tent, RV, glamping tents (on site to rent), and cabins. This is definitely a campground geared towards kids and families. There are movies, and special events to keep both adults and kids entertained. When it comes to camping there are economy, standard, and premium sites for RVs. The main difference is space and size of the parking pad, amenities like a patio set instead of a picnic table, and cable and Wifi access. All sites are full-hookups with electric, water, and sewer.

Camping in Middle Tennessee

Lilly Pad Campground and Brewery – Camping in Tennessee

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920 Ridge Rd

Lancing, Tennessee 37770

Phone: 865-617-0984

The Lilly Pad Campground and Brewery is an eclectic mix of a campground, and a small batch, craft brewery on the Cumberland Plateau adjacent to the Obed Wild and Scenic River National Park. With 70 “sites” carved out among the trees and property at Lily Pad Campground, there’s always room for another rock climber at this climbing centric campground. Climbers know that if they want to stay the night next to some of the best rocks in the state, this is their campground.

Located near Obed’s sandstone cliffs, this campground offers a glamping experience based on community, good people, and good times. Campers will find cooking tables, a general store, and the always-amazing communal fire pit. The owners say it might not be fancy, but it’s become a haven for rock loving outdoor enthusiasts. The campground can accommodate pop ups, tents, and small pull-behinds like teardrop campers, but no large RVs or 5th wheels.

Trails from the campground lead to the owner’s Lily Pad Brewery, so if you’re up for a good home brewed pint or two, you’re in luck. There’s also a restaurant—The Sauced Frog, if you like food with your beer. Menu items are mostly pulled pork, burgers, black bean burgers and light vegetarian fare.

Two Rivers Campground – Camping in Tennessee

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2616 Music Valley Dr.

Nashville, TN 37214

Phone: (615) 883-8559


There aren’t many campgrounds that have live entertainment on a regular, if seasonal basis—at least not advertised anyway. But if you’re camping around the country music capital of the world—Nashville—it just makes sense to make sure your campers are entertained.

Two Rivers Campground does that and more. Located just two miles north of Opryland and the newest, most exciting shopping experience of this century, Opry Mills. Unlike most campground stores that offer marshmallows, and paper plates, Two Rivers’ store contains a variety of grocery and RV items as well as a gift shop offering a wide selection of souvenirs and gifts. They have a game room with video games and a pool table, and a full-service concierge desk to assist campers in making reservations for car rentals, tours, dinner shows and dining. Grand Ole Opry tickets are also available. Don’t worry about finding your way downtown or parking. The campground also offers shuttles to downtown.

Sorry Daniel Boone. There is no tent camping here—it’s RV only. They do allow two dogs per camper, more considered with pre-approval.  Aggressive dogs are not allowed.  Pets must be on a leash at all times, cannot be left outside unattended and you are required to clean up after them.  They have a dog walk area as well as a fenced “Yappy Hour” pet park where your dogs may be off leash to play.

Grand Ole RV Resort – Camping in Tennessee

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708 N. Main St.
Goodlettsville, TN 37072

Phone: (615) 420-6036

The Grand Ole RV Resort is just 12 minutes from downtown Nashville, and close to the Grand Ole Opry and all the fun attractions in Nashville. Located in Goodlettsville, Tennessee on 8.65 acres, this campground has a small town atmosphere that welcomes campers of any type. They offer live entertainment and music on the weekends, as well as a variety of other activities for campers to enjoy. The campground is surrounded by Mansker’s creek if you enjoy wading and exploring with your children. Adults, the campground is also near the antique district and close to the Opry Mills Mall and Rivergate Mall for shopping.

RVer’s have more than 106 RV campsites to choose from. Most sites have 30 amp or 50 amp full hookups, and the extra clean bathhouses are available to all sites. Sites are surrounded by shade trees and a creek. They have two creekside fishing docks as well. Grand Ole RV is the lowest priced facility in the Nashville area if you’re looking for a bargain and a great place to stay.  They have a Market and a laundry room, a beautiful children’s playground and clean well kept play area for the kids. Goodlettsville’s nearby four parks include an extensive array of soccer and baseball/softball fields, community center, walking trails and a dog park.

If you wanted to get some fishing in during your camping trip there are plenty of fish in Old Hickory Lake or the Cumberland River, both less than 10 miles away if you want go fishing and boating.

Camping in Western Tennessee

Graceland RV Park and Campground – Camping in Tennessee

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3691 Elvis Presley Blvd.

Memphis, TN 38116

Phone: (866) 571-9236 or (901) 396-7125


You can’t think about camping in Western Tennessee without thinking about the state’s most famous crooner—Elvis Presley. Graceland RV Park and Campground is within walking distance of “the King’s” home and only yards away from “The Heartbreak Hotel.” Located on 19 acres just off Elvis Presley Boulevard this campground is all about Elvis. There are 70 RV sites, and more than a dozen tent sites. Cabins are available for rent as well. The campground features:

  • Full Hookup Sites
  • 30/50 Amp Service
  • Bathhouse and laundry facilities
  • Bike & Walking Trails
  • Tent Area
  • Patrolled 24-hour Security
  • Free campground-wide wireless internet access
  • Swimming Pool
  • Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult when off their site
  • Comfortable Memphis cabins with heating and air-conditioning
  • Camping store providing ice, drinks, propane, souvenirs, books, t-shirts, camping and RV supplies and a small business center
  • Brochures and local information about Graceland tours and events are also available in the store along with maps and other related items
  • The office staff can assist you in making reservations for tours and dining out at represented restaurants in the area

Elvis Presley Boulevard RV Park – Camping in Tennessee

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3971 Elvis Presley Boulevard

Memphis, TN 38116

Phone/Reservations: (901) 332-3633

Can’t get enough of Elvis, or Graceland RV Park is full? Don’t worry. Elvis Presley Boulevard RV Park is just down the street—literally two blocks away. The campground offers some sites with southern exposure for your satellite needs in case you want to binge watch Presley movies during your stay. The park is conveniently located near fast food, grocery and mall shopping. Most are within easy walking distance. They are also located 15 minutes from where the “Home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock n’ Roll” originated. We are also 30 minutes from Tunica Mississippi Casinos. This is city camping—so spaces are closer together than the average park, but you’ll be visiting Graceland, shopping, or enjoying some Memphis barbeque, not sitting in your RV anyway.

  • Full Hook-Ups
  • 30 amp / 50 amp
  • 2 blocks from Graceland
  • Free Wifi
  • Secure Facility
  • Over 60 sites
  • Tour Guides
  • Coin Laundry
  • Pet Walk
  • Coupons Available
  • Clean Restrooms/Showers
  • Primitive Tent Sites on Grass