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Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park

Camping

Nightly rates vary based on date and availability. Applicable taxes and fees applied at checkout. The $5 reservation fee per site is non-refundable.

Happy Hollow Campground

Happy Hollow camping area has 37 sites, each equipped with tables, grills, water and electrical hookups. This area is served by a playground and a central bathouse with hot showers. A dump station for self-contained trailer rigs is available.


Lakefront Campground

Nightly rates vary based on date and availability. Applicable taxes and fees applied at checkout. The $5 reservation fee per site is non-refundable.

The Lakefront Campground is primitive camping with 13 available sites. Water is available, but not at each site; and there is a central restroom.


Backcountry Camping

Nightly rates vary based on date and availability. Applicable taxes and fees applied at checkout. The $5 reservation fee per site is non-refundable.

There are five backcountry shelters for backcountry hikers. Reservations and a permit are required prior to setting out on your hike. Please call the park office for more info.

Chester Hollow Backcountry Shelter #1
Located on the Chester Hollow Trail, this shelter sits atop a very steep hill. The trail elevation rises 150 feet in under one-quarter of a mile. Consult with a ranger if you are not confident of your ability to complete such an ascent. Water may be filtered from the creek at the base of the hill on which the shelter is located, but it is highly recommended to pack in your own. There is a fire ring. The distance to the shelter is 2.95 miles. There is room for two tents and an eight person limit. 

Chester Hollow Backcountry Shelter #2
From the Pilot Knob trailhead, this shelter is approximately 2.95 miles.   There is no water available.  You should pack in what you need.  The shelter is fully enclosed and provides ample room for two hikers and gear.  The shelter is 8'x10'.  

Red Rock Trail Backcountry Shelter 
It is 4.50-miles to this shelter from the Pilot Knob trailhead. The nearest creek is 5/8th of a mile away. It is highly recommended to pack in your water. There is a fire ring. There is a 14 person limit and room for five tents.

Campground Road Backcountry Shelter #1
This primitive site has a beautiful view of the lake.  From the Pilot Knob trailhead, this shelter is approximately 3.75 miles.  It sits atop the ridges of the Campground Road Trail, overlooking Kentucky Lake.  There is no water available.   You should pack in what you need.  The shelter si fully enclosed and provides ample room for two hikers and gear.  The shelter is 8'x10'.

Campground Road Backcountry Shelter #2
This primitive site has a beautiful view of the lake.  From the Pilot Knob trailhead, this shelter is approximately 4 miles.  It sits atop the ridges of the Campground Road Trail, overlooking Kentucky Lake.  There is no water available.   You should pack in what you need.  The shelter si fully enclosed and provides ample room for two hikers and gear.  The shelter is 8'x10'.


Group Camps

Nightly rates vary based on date and availability. Applicable taxes and fees applied at checkout. The $5 reservation fee per site is non-refundable.

The Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park Group Campground provides the ideal setting for groups who want to enjoy a unique outdoor experience in a private camp. This primitive group tent-camping area is located in a large, open field with access to the park’s trail system as well as a perennial stream. Water may be collected on-site, but must be treated before use. A grill and central fire ring offer areas for cooking and gathering for evening campfire stories. This campground is frequented by deer, turkey, butterflies, and more. It has an authentic feel of getting back to nature. Parking is available for twenty cars. Campsite capacity is fifty people, however, arrangements for larger capacity groups may be made in advance by calling the park office.



Policies & Disclaimers

Firewood Policy

Tennessee State Parks asks that ALL campfires be made with certified heat-treated wood or downed wood collected inside the park, near the campsite. Please refrain from bringing untreated wood into the park.

Certified heat-treated firewood is available for sale at the park office for $6 per 0.65 cubic foot bundle and the proceeds benefit the Friends of Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park.

To learn more about the pests that threaten Tennessee, visit www.protecttnforests.org.
To learn more about Don’t Move Firewood, visit www.dontmovefirewood.org.
To find wood vendors visit www.firewoodscout.org/s/Tennessee.