Tennessee is a wonderful state for RVers and van lifers traveling through. It has so many sights to see and things to do! There are a ton of campground options across the state that it can be tough to plan your route effectively to stop at the best ones. So, we did the research for you! We looked at over 40 campgrounds across the entire state to find the best ones. Here are our picks for the best campgrounds in Tennessee.
About 70 miles south of Nashville, Fall Hollow lives up to slogan under its welcome sign "Travelers, Wanderers, and Storytellers Welcome". The campground offers easy access to activities like horseback riding, golfing, canoeing the Buffalo River, or hiking the Devil's Backbone as well as visiting sites like Fall Hollow Falls, Lewis and Clark's grave site, Amish farms, and Dutchtown Alpaca farm. Fall Hollow offers an unbeatable variety of camping sites with tent sites ranging from an open field to a creekside "beach area" to a more rustic spot in the woods. Cabin rentals, RV sites, and bed and breakfast rooms in the restaurant building are also available.
Smoky Bear Campground and RV Park
Located near the Greenbrier and Cosby entrances to Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Smoky Bear Campground is the perfect home base to explore the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas of Tennessee. Family owned and operated, the campground offers primitive pea-stone tent sites, full RV hook ups, and air-conditioned cabin rentals. Smoky Bear facilities also include a clubhouse available to guests for free and an on-site store for snacks and necessities, as well as a heated pool and hot tub that are available on a seasonal basis.
Another great campground option for exploring the Great Smoky Mountains is Greenbrier Campground. A range of different camping setups are available, including tent sites with water and electricity on the river, tent camping on the grass (amenities are close by), and 120 full hookup RV sites with an array of different sizes and locations. The selling point of Greenbrier is that the Little Pigeon River runs directly around the grounds, putting swimming, trout fishing, and a private beach within arms reach for guests.
Mountain Glen RV Park and Campground
One hour north of Chattanooga, Mountain Glen is a peaceful, well-kept, and close to local attractions such as Cumberland Caverns and Fall Creek Falls, as well as Rock City and Ruby Falls if guests choose to venture out a bit farther. The campground itself includes 41 pull-through RV sites and 8 camp sites. Past guests love the private modern bathroom that each feature their own sink, toilet, and shower. For fishing enthusiasts, Mountain Glen also has a 2 acre stocked pond for guests to enjoy.
Davy Crockett Campground
Davy Crockett Campground is located in north central Tennessee on the Cumberland Plateau with heavily wooded natural surroundings that feature small creeks as well as a 3 acre spring-fed lake. Amenities at the campground include a three season saltwater pool, an indoor hot tub, hiking trails, and several dining options ranging from a poolside snack shack to Trails End Restaurant, which features a full breakfast buffet. Camping options include cabin rentals, full hook-up RV sites, and both primitive tent sites and ones with water and electricity.
True to its magical-sounding name, Imagination Mountain aims to provide a truly unique camping experience among the many options in the Gatlinburg area. The campground's main differentiator are the streamside RV sites and cabin rentals (all of which are given fairytale-themed names). Other perks that add to the experience are free mini golf, free wifi, and free planned activities during the regular season, including movie and karaoke nights put on by the campground.
True West Campground
With the slogan "Glamping Back in Time", True West Campground is where camping meets the Wild West and horseback riding. Not only does the campground offer RV, tent camping, and rental accomodations, but there are also options to bring along equine friends who can stay in in one of the two barns each containing 67 stalls. The surrounding area of Big South Fork offers over 180 miles of horse trails ripe for exploration. For those looking to truly step back in time, True West rents out covered wagons and Native American tipis that are fully furnished inside.
Little Arrow Outdoor Resort
Little Arrow Outdoor Resort provides the perfect option for aspiring travelers who want to get closer to nature but might shy away from the more 'rustic,' nitty-gritty camping options. The resort offers a set of recently restored and luxurious accomodations including RV and tent sites, tiny homes, cabins, and glamping sites. The ample amenities meet the elevated standard as well, as Little Arrow features a 24/7 coffee lounge, an in-ground pool with a splash pad, a cabana, a community garden, and a dog park. There are also larger event spaces available, such as a club house available for rent and a pavillion that can seat up to 125 people.
Nashville I-24 Campground
Just 30 minutes from the entertainment hotspot of Nashville, the Nashville I-24 Campground is for travelerrs who want to get a taste of Music City without compromising on getting great camping accomodations. The campground offers full-service RV sites, tent camping sites, and cabin rentals. Amenities include a half basketball court, a large outdoor pool in the summer, and a playground. True to the Nashville spirit, I-24 also holds musical performance events on site featuring local acts.
Triple Creek Campground
As the name might indicate, Triple Creek is surrounded by the mountain creeks of the Greak Smoky Mountains, meaning that most of the camping sites are located creekside as well. The campground offers RV, camper, and tent camping sites, camper nightly rentals, a camp store, tubing, fishing, outdoor games, a playground, outdoor live music, special events, and more for guests to enjoy.
Good luck finding a great spot to stay! Have you stayed at an amazing campground in Tennessee that we didn't cover? Let us know!