Camping is a must in the summertime, and thankfully Tennessee proffers quite a few sites that are sure to float your proverbial boat. Whether you’re in the mood to sweat it out in the woods through July or catch a bit of the Great Smoky Mountains as summer bleeds into fall, we’ve got 11 beautiful spots that you’ll completely fall in love with. Take a look!
11. Roan Mountain State Park - Roan Mountain
Say hello to beautiful views and fantastic hiking trails, plus wildflowers sent straight from heaven.
10. Fall Creek Falls State Park - Pikeville
One of the most popular state parks in Tennessee doubles as an equally preferred campsite. This is one of those places where memories are made.
9. Cosby Campground - Cosby
If you're looking for someplace that's off the beaten path and away from the throngs of tourists that flock to Tennessee during the heated months, then you'll want to head to Cosby. It's a local favorite that proffers quite a bit of opportunity for fun-seeking campers.
8. Montgomery Bell State Park- Burns
Hidden away just outside of Nashville, Montgomery Bell State Park has a couple of hidden lakes and scads of hiking that make it perfect for a calming weekend away.
7. Foster Falls - Jasper
Foster Falls is fantastic if you're a big fan of rock climbing. There are 26 campsites and restrooms with heated showers. Winning!
6. Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Gatlinburg
One of the most popular places to camp in the US, the Great Smoky Mountains garners millions of visitors on an annual basis.
5. Salt Lick Creek - Gainesboro
Roughly ten miles from Gainesboro, Salt Lick Creek is great for lake activies like boating and fishing, and it doubles as an amazing spot to pitch a tent.
4. Norris Lake - Norris
34,200 acres of of surface water make up a high summer, which means Norris Lake is your watery paradise in the heart of Tennessee. You need a place to cool off after a hike!
3. Fort Pillow State Park - Henning
1,642 acres at Fort Pillow State Park overlooks the Mississippi River, plus the ruins of Fort Pillow turn this camping trip into a history lesson real fast.
2. Cove Lake State Park - Caryville
Scenic nature trails and views of the Cumberland Mountains make Cove Lake a step above the rest. Devil's Race Track is just a stone's throw away, and gives a panoramic view of the surrounding area.
1. Bledsoe Creek Park - Gallatin
Hot showers and a boat ramp? Sign us up! Bledsoe Creek Park is great if you need a day at the lake with a warm and toasty way to spend your evenings. Hello there, summer!