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3 Camping Destinations Less Than an Hour From Nashville

July 17, 2020  |  Permalink

Whether you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city or the repetition of life at home, you don't have to travel far from Nashville to spend a restful night under the stars. More people are discovering the benefits of time spent outdoors and, in turn, see camping as an affordable vacation for the mind and body. You can get better sleep, breathe fresher air, and before you know it, you'll emerge from nature, ready to jump back into your routine with a clear head. To help you find a camping destination close to home, we've compiled three campgrounds under an hour from Nashville:

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Bledsoe Creek State Park Camping in Tennessee

1. Bledsoe Creek

Distance: 45 minutes northeast of Nashville

Nearby Cities: Gallatin, Lebanon, Hendersonville

Best For: Beginner campers and families with young kids

Dogs: Dog friendly. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.

Access: All sites are drive-up.

About the Park: If you're new to camping or traveling with kids, Bledsoe Creek State Park is the go-to destination. Located only a few minutes outside of Gallatin, you can quickly swing by the store to pick-up any forgotten essential items. You can enjoy water activities without owning any equipment with kayak and paddleboard rentals available online and in-person. Fishing docks, wildlife viewing, and over six miles of hiking trails make it easy to find an activity regardless of skill level. The park also has several playgrounds near the campsites for kids to release some of their active play energy. 

Camping: Bledsoe Creek offers 58 RV and tent campsites with water and electric hookups. Two bathhouses offer restrooms and hot showers just a short walk from any campsite. If you're looking for lakeside camping, there are eight tent-only primitive sites right on the shoreline perfect for tent or hammock camping. These primitive sites aren't equipped with water or electricity, but they're only a short walk from the bathhouse and a central water source. Every campsite comes with a grill, picnic table, and fire ring. There's also a laundry area, and boaters will enjoy the private launch ramp reserved for campground guests.

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Henry Horton State Park Camping in Tennessee

2. Henry Horton State Park

Distance: 50 minutes south of Nashville

Best For: A variety of camping styles ranging from hammocks to RVs. 

Dogs: Dog friendly. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.

Access: RV and tent campgrounds are drive-up with water and electric hookups. Hammock, and backcountry sites are hike-in with no hookups.

About the Park: Less than an hour from Nashville is Henry Horton State Park. The park sits next to the Duck River, which doubles as one of the world's most diverse ecosystems and one of the best ways to stay cool near Nashville. You can sign-up for a guided kayak float on the park's event calendar. You can also set out in your own paddle craft or cast a line off the banks. With forests, sinkholes, cedar glades, and even wetlands to explore, there's always something new to be seen along the hiking trails. Adults and kids alike will find something to love at the park. The park has several playgrounds where kids can play on natural surfaces or in splash fountains. The park’s newest playground was designed with ADA access in mind; ensuring a play experience for kids of all abilities. The park also offers disc golf, skeet shooting, and an 18-hole golf course.

Camping: No matter your preferred style of camping, you'll find it at Henry Horton State Park. The park offers RV, tent, hammock, and backcountry sites. The RV campsites can also be booked by tent campers and are equipped with water and electric hookups, while the tent-only sites do not offer hookups. The hammock campground offers a unique experience with the ideal trees to set up your home for the night. If you're looking for something a little more adventurous, the backcountry sites are only a 1.5-mile hike in, perfect for beginners. All campsites except for backcountry sites come with a grill, picnic table, and fire ring.

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Cedars of Lebanon State Park Camping in Tennessee

3. Cedars of Lebanon State Park

Distance: 40 minutes east of Nashville

Nearby Cities: Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, Hermitage, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, LaVergne

Best For: Quick getaways and impressive adventures close to home

Dogs: Dog friendly. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.

Access: All sites are drive-up and offer water and electric.

About the Park: Just 40 minutes outside of Nashville, Cedars of Lebanon State Park features gorgeous cedar glades, unique rock gardens, and rare plants. WIFI is available at the park to help you accomplish any last-minute tasks that might keep you from saying “yes” to a weekend outdoors. As you explore the park's hiking trails, you'll find spectacular caves, cool creeks, deep sinkholes, and beautiful butterfly gardens. The park is also home to one of the first disc golf courses established in the state.

Camping: Cedars of Lebanon offers 87 drive-up RV and tent campsites that offer comfortable shading while remaining open and spacious. Sites at the campground come with a picnic table, grill, and access to a central bathhouse with restrooms and heated showers. There's also a laundromat and camp store open year-round.

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