Camping and hiking are probably the two most quintessential activities you could enjoy in Tennessee State Parks. Roasting marshmallows, cooking over an open fire, sleeping with the stars above and the sounds of chirping crickets has a way of deeply impacting your mental and physical health. There's something about taking a child on their first camping trip that fills us all with a little bit of childlike wonder. Whether you sleep in a tent with the stars up above, or relax in a luxury RV, there's a camping experience that is perfect for everyone. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip today.
Where to Start
If you already know the type of camping you would like to enjoy (RV, tent, primitive, backcountry, etc.) or where you would like to camp, then you should dive into the Tennessee State Parks reservation system. There you can search by park, date, and type to find your perfect adventure.
If you would like to learn more about camping rules, or explore parks with camping, please check out our Camping activities page for more information.
Camping Types in Tennessee State Parks
There are more than 30 Tennessee State Parks that offer some sort of camping opportunity, but there is a lot of variation in what each park offers. The following categories explain each camping option you can find in Tennessee State Parks:
These are available for vehicles ranging in length from 20 to 76 feet. Most campsites maintain a soft gravel or paved pad and each is equipped with water and electricity.
Some parks offer Tent Only sites, but tent camping is also permissible on most RV sites.
These sites are for tent camping only and water and electrical hookups are not available.
A few state parks offer Wrangler Campgrounds so that you can camp with your horse. Water and electrical hookups are also available.
These are typically large open fields where the entire group may setup camp.
While not technically “camping” sites, camping cabins are great options for people who want protection from the elements, but also a cheaper option than renting a full cabin. These structures are like “tiny homes” with beds inside. They do not have restrooms or showers, which means guests use the campground bathhouses. These camping cabins are found at Paris Landing and Natchez Trace state parks.