Best RV Campgrounds with Hiking Trails

November 1, 2022  |  Permalink

It's no secret that Tennessee State Parks has popular destinations for RV campers. Getting access to great trails from your campground is the easiest way to combine your RV getaway with an incredible hike. Hit the trails and return home without the hassle of re-setting up camp or parking your RV at a crowded trailhead. You can't go wrong choosing one of these outstanding campgrounds with easy access to hiking trails.  

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Cumberland Mountain State Park  

Middle, TN (Crossville, TN) – 45 minutes southeast of Cookeville. 2 hours east of Nashville. 

Full hookups: 

  • Sites 13–24, 27, & 28 in Area 1 
  • Sites 133, 135, & 137 in Area 5 

Amenities: 

  • Wifi 
  • 1 bathhouse (Area 1), 1 bathhouse (Area 5) 
  • Camp store (seasonal) 

Recommended hike:

From the campground, there is direct access to the Byrd Creek Trail (2 Miles). This trail follows the banks of Byrd Creek for the entirety of the hike. This trail provides hikers with a unique tree top canopy of hemlock trees in several sections. View Park Map.  

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Photos by Seth Dortch and Sarah Reid

Chickasaw State Park  

West, TN (Henderson, TN) – 30 minutes south of Jackson, TN. 1.5 hours northeast of Memphis. 

Full hookups: 

  • Sites 1–26 in the RV Campground 

Amenities: 

  • Wifi 
  • 1 dump station
  • Two bathhouses
  • Camp store (seasonal) 
  • Sites 1–26 in the RV Campground

    Note: limited cell reception 

Recommended hikes: 

From the RV campground, there is direct access to the Fern Creek Trail (0.8 miles). This trail passes through both lowland areas, as well as upland hardwood forests. Along this route, you’ll see the Brewer Cabin, a one-room log cabin built in the 1870s. Ferns are plentiful all along this route which gives the trail its name. At the other end of the park, one of the most popular routes is Lake Shore Trail which follows the entire shoreline of Lake Placid and features a 640-foot footbridge. View Park Map 

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Norris Dam State Park 

East, TN (Rocky Top, TN) - 30 minutes west of Knoxville, TN.  

Full hookups: 

  • West campground sites 1-50 
  • East campground sites 1-25 

Amenities: 

  • 1 bathhouse (west), 1 bathhouse (east) 
  • Camp store (seasonal) 
  • Dump station 
  • Playground (west)  
  • Laundromat (seasonal) 

Recommended hikes:

From the west campground starting from campsite #26, you can take Hootin Hollow Trail (1.10 Miles) and then cut back along Andrews Ridge Trail (0.4 Miles) for a loop back to the campgrounds. The Hootin Hollow Trail derives its name from the common call of the barred owls that can be heard as you hike above and alongside the Gaylor Hollow Fishing Cove. Try an evening hike to experience the best chance for owl encounters or hike through the day to catch a glimpse of a variety of migratory birds. View Park Map 

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Henry Horton State Park 

Middle, TN (Chapel Hill, TN) - 40 minutes south of Franklin, TN. 45 minutes southwest of Murfreesboro. 50 minutes south of Nashville.

Full hookups: 

  • RV Campsites 1-54 

Amenities: 

  • Wifi 
  • Waterfront access 
  • Camp store (seasonal) 
  • Playground 
  • Two bathhouses 
  • Dump station 

Recommended hike: 

Next to the camp store and campground, hit the Hickory Ridge Inner Loop Trail (1.25 Miles). The trail showcases some of the park’s diverse ecosystems, sinkholes, and cedar glades. View Park Map

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Roan Mountain State Park 

East, TN (Roan Mountain, TN) – 35 minutes southeast of Johnson City. 

Full hookups: 

  • Campground sites 1–18 and 39–106  

Amenities: 

  • Wifi 
  • Six Bathhouses (Bathhouses 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 are closed November 1st through April 15. Bathhouse near sites 10 and 11 is open during this time). 
  • Camp store (seasonal) 

Note: limited cell reception 

Recommended hike: 

The Fred Behrend Trail (2.35 miles) can be accessed across the bridge from the camper check-in station. The trail leads hikers alongside the Doe River before ascending a moderate hike into lush thickets of rhododendron. Hikers on the Fred Behrend Trail can expect to traverse a rich Appalachian ecosystem consisting of mountain hollows and stream crossings. View Park Map

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Photo by Sarah Reid

Old Stone Fort State Park 

Middle, TN (Manchester, TN) – 35 minutes southeast of Murfreesboro. 1 hour southeast of Nashville.

Full hookups: 

  • Campground sites 1–50  

Amenities: 

  • Waterfront sites 
  • Dump station 
  • Two bathhouses (one bathhouse with showers closed December 1 – February 28) 
  • Camp store (seasonal) 

Recommended hikes: 

Set forth on the Garrison Road Trail (.9 mile easy) and the Nature Trail (.85 mile easy), accessible from the campground check-in station. On the other side of the park, hikers frequently enjoy the Old Stone Fort Enclosure Trail (1.3 Miles) which features the three largest falls – Step Falls, Blue Hold Falls, and Big Falls. View Park Map

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