Weekend Camping Near Chattanooga — Tennessee State Parks

Weekend Camping Near Chattanooga

July 27, 2018  |  Permalink

The best time for an adventure is now! Spring is a perfect season to pitch a tent at a Tennessee State Park. With 56 parks across the state, there are plenty of opportunities. Need help choosing? Take a look at the weekend adventures below.  Each of these are less than an hour and a half drive from Chattanooga:

South Cumberland Camping

South Cumberland State Park

Monteagle, TN

(47 miles)

Less than an hour from Chattanooga you will find South Cumberland State Park. If you love the outdoors and are itching to have a weekend away from the city, this park is for you! South Cumberland is full of adventure. It includes more than  30,000 acres, half a dozen beautiful waterfalls, and a multitude of recreational opportunities. First step, pick where you want to camp. You can choose from rustic, primitive, or backcountry campsites! Next, determine if/how much hiking you want to do. There are over 90 miles of hiking trails ranging from easy to very strenuous, but the one thing they all have in common are the amazing views. Other available activities include rock climbing, swimming, fishing, birding, and Ranger-led programs. No matter what you decide to do on your adventure at South Cumberland State Park, we guarantee it will be a weekend to remember. 

South Cumberland State Park covers some 30,000 scattered acres over several counties. The visitor center is located in Monteagle and an ideal place to kick off your adventure. Read all about the front-country and backcountry camping options and make your reservation today. 


Harrison Bay Scenic Waterfront View

Harrison Bay State Park

Harrison, TN

(17.5 miles)

Exactly 30 minutes from Chattanooga is Harrison Bay State Park. If you haven’t ventured out to the very first Tennessee State Park, established in 1937, you are missing out. Harrison Bay is 1,200 acres with approximately 40 miles of Chickamauga Lake shoreline. This family friendly park has something for everyone! The park has a variety of wooded and lakefront campsites. With 155 RV and tent campsites to choose from you will be able to find one that meets your needs. Some of the more popular activities at Harrison Bay include hiking, golfing, boating, biking, fishing, and birding. Don’t forget to stop by the Interpretive Center to see the birds of prey and find out what Ranger-led programs are coming up. You also won’t want to miss their beautiful sunsets. 

Visit the campground page to learn more about the available options and to make your reservation today. 


Tims Ford Scenic Lake View

Tims Ford State Park

Winchester, Tennessee

(80 miles)

Less than an hour and a half from Chattanooga is Tims Ford State Park. If you’re a nature lover, this park is for you. Located on the picturesque Tims Ford Reservoir, you will see a plethora of wildlife from white tail deer to bass fish. Now to start your adventure, you must choose where you want to stay. You could choose one of the lakeside cabins or campsites. Or, why not backcountry camp on one of the six nearby islands? After you make that decision you can jump into the stuff. You can also rent kayaks, canoes, or a pontoon boat at the Lake View Marina to enjoy Tims Ford Lake. Stop back by the Marina afterwards for homemade pizza and ice-cream! Other popular activities include hiking, biking, golfing, and swimming. As always, don’t forget to check out the Ranger-led programs! 

Visit the campground or cabin pages to learn more about the available options and to make your reservation today. 

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