5 tent camping sites within 50 miles of Nashville

June 24, 2016  |  Permalink


Picture this: it’s Friday afternoon in Nashville, the weekend weather forecast looks gorgeous, and you’re ready to spend a night in the woods. You have just enough daylight to head home, round up your gear, and hit the road. But where will you go? You might start with ones of these…

5 tent camping sites within 50 miles of Nashville



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Long Hunter State Park (24.5 miles)

Located just outside Mt. Juliet, Long Hunter State Park offers two backcountry campsites along the shoreline of Percy Priest Lake. It is a six-mile hike into the sites, and they don’t have restrooms, running water or picnic tables. That means these sites aren’t for everyone, but they are great for anyone looking to rough it close to town. Currently these sites require a reservation on a first-come, first-served basis. Starting July 1, you can reserve these sites online.



Montgomery Bell State Park (28 miles)

Montgomery Bell State Park, located just outside of Dickson, is ideal for families or groups looking to camp closer to their cars. The backcountry camping sites do not allow tents, but the park offers pet-friendly camping in the campground and a few sites along the river. The campground includes sites with electricity, picnic tables, trashcans and grills. Campers at Montgomery Bell can take advantage of several fishing lakes, an abundance of hiking and biking trails, a golf course, summer boat rentals and swimming. 



Bledsoe Creek State Park (37 miles)

Bledsoe Creek State Park is just outside Gallatin and offers a scenic setting ideal for families with children. The park has over 50 paved campsites that are ADA accessible and include fire rings, grills, lantern holders, picnic tables and access to a new bathhouse. Bledsoe Creek is one of our smaller parks, which is a big reason that families with kids enjoy staying here. The park has several hiking trails, a new playground, and fishing/boating access to Old Hickory Lake. Bonus tip: this park has A LOT of deer. They are especially known for lounging around in the campsites. This is usually a highlight for kids. 




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Cedars of Lebanon State Park (33 miles)

As the name would suggest, Cedars of Lebanon State Park is located outside Lebanon. The park is another great option for those looking to camp closer to the car. There are 30 sites designed for tent and pop-up campers that include picnic tables, grills and electric/water hookups. In addition to an Olympic-size swimming pool, the park offers over eight miles of hiking trails rated as “Easy,” horseback riding and a disc golf course.(Photo from National Trails Day 2016)



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Henry Horton State Park (55 miles)

Henry Horton State Park is located in Chapel Hill, which is technically 55 miles from Nashville. Let’s not split hairs though. It is an ideal location for those living south of downtown, and it offers some unique activities for guests. The park includes 19 tent camping sites along the Duck River with tables and fire rings. The park allows leashed pets at the campsites.  Campers will enjoy easy access to hiking, swimming, and paddling on the Duck River, as well as an 18-hole golf course, a trap and skeet range and a disc golf course. As an added bonus, the campground offers wifi. While the signal strength varies and is not meant for downloading or streaming services, it is available to help ease the transition from the digital life.  



Retreat to the outdoors

Nashville is a fun city. However, if you need a quick retreat to the outdoors this summer, these five parks are perfect destinations. When you come, make sure you check out our new firewood policy. We want to protect our forests from disease and insects so that future generations can enjoy their beauty.


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