There is something special about camping in a Tennessee State Park – sleeping under the night sky, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the sound of a crackling campfire, the hoot of an owl, the rustle of the leaves in the breeze. Whether you are bringing the whole family for an RV rendezvous or looking for quiet solitude, Tennessee State Parks offer a variety of unique camping experiences.
Reservations for camping may be made online or by calling the park. For camping, the entire cost of the stay plus taxes and reservation fee must be paid at the time of the reservation. Reservations for campsites and picnic shelters may be made up to one year prior to check-in.
RV sites are developed sites available for vehicles ranging in length from 20 to 100 feet. Most campsites maintain soft gravel or paved pads and are easily leveled Sites are equipped with water and electricity and many have sewer hookups. Most RV sites also allow a tent.
Some parks offer tent only sites. These sites may have electric hookups and many have campsite water or access to a nearby community water spigot.
These sites are for tent camping only and water and electrical hookups are not available. These sites are minimally developed.
Chickasaw and Natchez Trace offer Wrangler Campgrounds, ideal for bringing your horse. The campgrounds accommodate RVs and horse trailers. Campsites include electric and water hookups and hitching lines.
Group campsites are ideal for larger groups of campers. Amenities and campsite capacities vary at each park.
Many Tennessee State Park campgrounds are trash-free. Instead of trash cans at each site, you will find a centrally located dumpster and recycling bins. Please practice Leave No Trace while visiting the park.
All campgrounds are pet-friendly. However, pets must be on a leash and under control at all times. Certain areas such as picnic areas, beaches, swim areas and foodservice areas may be restricted to pets. For the safety of your pet, and the safety of park wildlife pets may not be left unattended.
Tennessee State Parks asks that all campfires be made with certified heat-treated wood or downed wood collected inside the park, near the campsite. Please do not bring untreated wood into the park. many parks sell bundles of firewood, or it may be purchased nearby.
To learn more about invasive pests, visit www.protecttnforests.org.
To learn more about Don’t Move Firewood, visit www.dontmovefirewood.org.
To find wood vendors visit www.firewoodscout.org/s/Tennessee
These sites are undeveloped, but most will have a fire ring. Hiking is required to reach the campsite and most do not have potable water. Water must be filtered from natural sources or carried in. Please allow enough time to reach your destination in daylight.
- Big Ridge
- Cumberland Mountain
- Cumberland Trail (seasonal)
- Fall Creek Falls
- Fort Pillow
- Frozen Head
- Harrison Bay
- Long Hunter
- Montgomery Bell
- Mousetail Landing
- Natchez Trace
- Nathan Bedford Forrest (seasonal)
- South Cumberland
- Tims Ford