Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park


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Rates: $15 — $23 Taxes and fees are not included. Rates subject to change. $5 reservation fee per site is non-refundable.

Public Notice

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park campground is now trash-can-free. Happy Hollow and Lakefront Campgrounds are each served by a conveniently located dumpster. The benefits of this initiative include improved aesthetics, a significant cost savings in materials, labor, and fuel, as well as increased productivity. For further information, please contact the park office at 731-584-6356.

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

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

Group Camp

The third campground is available for supervised youth groups such as scouts, etc. This campground is available upon request and is located on Kentucky Lake near the park office. The area is served by porta-johns and water is located nearby. There is no charge for use of the area, but adult supervision is required

Backcountry Camping

There are two 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.

5-Mile Trail Backcountry Shelter Campsite
Located on the 5-Mile Trail, the shelter is 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 5-Mile Trail shelter is 2.95 miles. There is room for two tents and an eight person limit. 

20-Mile Trail Backcountry Shelter Campsite
it is 4.50-miles to this shelter. 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.

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.

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