Backcountry Camping Fees at Frozen Head State Park Will Support Trails

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Backcountry Camping Fees at Frozen Head State Park Will Support Trails

NASHVILLE – Beginning April 1, 2017, reservations will be required for all 10 backcountry campsites at Frozen Head State Park in Morgan County. The modest fees will go towards campsite and trail maintenance and improvements, ensuring every experience lives up to a visitors’ expectations.

“The new and improved system will allow for increased visitor safety, since Rangers will know who’s camping in which locations at any given time,” said Robin Peeler, East Tennessee Parks Area Manager.

Specific site improvements will include wooden outhouses and increased access to nearby water supplies.

The fee for a regular four-six person site will be $3 plus tax per night. Those sites include Bird Mountain, Coffin Springs, North Old Mac, Panther Branch, Panther Gap Rock House and Spicewood. The fee for larger group sites will be $8 plus tax per night and includes Judge Branch, Mart Fields, Squire Knob and Tub Springs. In addition, a $5 charge will be applied once per reservation.

Campsite reservations can be made online at beginning in March, by calling (423) 346-3318, or at the park office. Sites are available on a first-come first-served basis. Reservations must be made no later than 4 p.m. on day of planned stay. Multi-night camping in different locations is permitted with one reservation.

Frozen Head State Park boasts over 50 miles of backpacking trails. The park and natural area encompass more than 24,000 acres of wilderness and are named for a 3,324-foot peak in the Cumberland Mountains. The impressive entrance leads visitors into a vestige of densely forested, unspoiled mountain splendor — once common throughout the Cumberland Plateau.

Backcountry campsite fees are also in place at South Cumberland State Park and Long Hunter State Park. Entrance to all 56 Tennessee State Parks is free and visitors can hike, swim, bicycle and more at no cost. For more information about Tennessee State Parks, visit

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