Lamar Alexander Rocky Fork State Park


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.

Rocky Fork has three, primitive backcountry campsites. Each site is limited to 4 people. Please contact park to make arrangements for special circumstances (ie. 3 children with 2 adults). Tents and sleeping pads must be contained in the designated 6'x6' tent pad area. Sites are in the wooded, and quite shaded. There is a fire ring at each campsite and firewood may be collected from downed wood near the site. Water must be packed in or filtered from the creeks and streams. Hiking is required to reach each site.

Sites do not have a privy/outhouse at this time. Campers must deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp, and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.

Please allow enough time to reach your destination in daylight; there is no hiking allowed after dark. Your printed reservation receipt is the backcountry permit you must have on your person. Remember, follow all park rules and be prepared to have a rewarding backcountry experience. Reservations are required.

Headwaters Backcountry Campsite

  • 36˚03’17.1” N, 82˚34’49.3” W or 36.05476,-82.58036
  • 2.3-miles from RFSP Main Parking Lot (Shortest route).
  • Water must be filtered from Rocky Fork Creek or seasonal streams. Rocky Fork Creek is 0.6-miles from Headwaters Campsite or water can be packed in.

Blockstand Creek Backcountry Campsite

  • 36˚03’11.0 N, 82˚35’16.2 W or 36.05306,-82.58782
  • Water must be filtered from Rocky Fork Creek (2.1 miles), Blockstand Creek (.6 miles), or water can be packed in..
  • 3.23-miles from RFSP Main Parking Lot.

Flint Creek Backcountry Campsite

  • 36˚02’53.0 N,  82˚34’37.5 W or 36.04805,-82.57707
  • Water must be filtered from Rocky Fork Creek , Flint Creek , or water can be packed in.
  • 1.86-miles from Blockstand Creek Backcountry Campsite; 1.37-miles from RFSP Main Parking Lot (Shortest route).

Policies & Disclaimers

Firewood Policy

All campfires should be made with heat-treated wood, or downed wood collected inside the park, near the campsite. Certified heat-treated firewood is packaged and clearly marked with a state or federal seal.

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