Camping is one of America’s most popular activities. People enjoy getting close to nature while spending time with their families. There is something special about sleeping under the stars, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Most Tennessee State Parks have a multitude of campsites available. We can accommodate the average tent camper to the larger RV camper. Most parks furnish a grill and picnic table at each campsite. Some provide electrical hook-ups and nearly all parks have bathhouses.
- RV Sites: These are available for vehicles ranging in length from 20 to 76 feet. Most campsites maintain a soft gravel or paved pad and each is equipped with water and electricity.
- Tent Sites: Some parks offer Tent Only sites, but tent camping is also permissible on most RV sites.
- Primitive Sites: These sites are for tent camping only and water and electrical hookups are not available.
- Wrangler Sites: A few state parks offer Wrangler Campgrounds so that you can camp with your horse. Water and electrical hookups are also available.
- Scout Camps: These are typically large open fields where the entire group may setup camp.
Backcountry camping is a popular activity in some of our parks. A few of the parks have designated backcountry camping locations. When you are backcountry camping, remember you must leave with what you bring and are responsible for any camping necessities. We currently have 14 parks that allow back country camping. A free permit is required for all backcountry campers. You can get your permit by contacting the park office.
Parks featuring backcountry camping:
- Big Ridge
- Cumberland Mountain
- Cumberland Trail (seasonal)
- Fall Creek Falls
- Fort Pillow
- Harrison Bay
- Long Hunter
- Montgomery Bell
- Mousetail Landing
- Natchez Trace
- Nathan Bedford Forrest (seasonal)
- South Cumberland
- Tims Ford