Frozen Head State Park

Frozen-head spring


Rates: $3 — $24 Taxes and fees are not included. Rates subject to change. $5 reservation fee per site is non-refundable.


Twenty rustic campsites are scattered throughout the Big Cove Camping area. Visitors will find a modern bathhouse that provides hot showers. A centrally located water faucet is provided for drinking water and a sink basin behind the bathhouse is provided for dish washing. Each campsite is equipped with a parking slip, picnic table, grill, lantern hanger and fire ring. Electricity, water hookups and dump stations are not available at Frozen Head.

Two group sites, #5 & #18, with a capacity of 15 to 20 people are available in the Big Cove Campground and may be reserved on-line or by calling the park office up to a year in advance. The Big Cove Campground is open from March 15th to November 1st.

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Frozen Head State Park boasts over 50 miles of backpacking trails with 10 designated backcountry campsites – 4 of which are group sites. Park Management encourages campers to reserve their campsite early to ensure they have a site upon arrival. Reservations must be made no later than 4:00 PM on day of planned stay. Multi-night camping in different locations is permitted with one reservation. Remember to follow all park rules.

Site capacity information and description can be found under site features on the backcountry camping reservation page. Please look closely at the campsite’s capacity when reserving; we encourage our campers to adhere to the minimum capacity for the group sites.

Hiking is required to reach each site. The mileages are listed with the campsite descriptions. No hiking is allowed on trails after dark. Please allow ample daylight hours to reach your designation. Each site has a designated fire ring. Check fire index sign in the Visitor Center parking lot. Levels 1 and 2 indicate backcountry fires are allowed. Levels 3 to 5 indicate no fires are permitted. Water must be filtered from the natural sources or carried in. Please plan your water needs in advance. Not all the sites have a dependable water source and availability is seasonal.

Please help us keep the backcountry clean for all our park visitors and follow the Leave No Trace policy. What you take in, you take back out. 

  • Reservations are required for ALL backcountry camping. Reservations may be made online or by calling the park office. 
  • Your reservation receipt is your permit.
  • A copy of the camping receipt or a piece of paper with the name associated with the reservation, the date and the backcountry campsite you are staying in MUST be placed in the dash of each vehicle that is to be parked overnight.
  • If you need to cancel or change your reservation prior to your visit, or have any questions, please call 423.346.3318.

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Primitive Camping Area

Eight primitive group campsites are located in the Flat Fork Primitive Group Site Area located on Flat Fork Rd. Each of these sites holds up to 15 people, and are on a first-come first-serve basis.

Firewood Policy - Effective June 1, 2016

In order to protect our forests and trees from invasive insects and diseases, Tennessee State Parks asks that ALL campfires be made with heat-treated wood or downed wood collected inside the park, near the campsite. Please do not bring untreated wood into the park.

Certified heat-treated wood is available to purchase from concessioners in many of the campgrounds as well as from vendors in the communities around the park. Certified heat-treated wood is clearly marked with a state/federal seal.

The Emerald Ash Borer and other invasive pests are a growing threat to the forests of Tennessee and the surrounding region. To learn more about the pests that threaten Tennessee and what you can do to help prevent the introduction and spread of invasive pests, visit

To learn more about pests that threaten Tennessee, visit
To find the locations of certified wood vendors at

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