Tennessee May 06, 2019
These 7 State Parks Around Tennessee Are The Perfect Spots To Camp This Summer
Tennessee is rife with natural beauty, with mountains and fields, plateaus cut straight through with rocky ridges and crested by waterfalls. If you’re looking for extravagant beauty in the American south, it’s here in the Volunteer State that you want to be. As the weather warms up, you can plan on extending your great outdoor experience with a weekend-long camping trip. These state parks offer up highly affordable campsites and plenty of opportunity for fun in nature. Check ’em out!
1. Rock Island State Park
Rock Island State Park is popular for folks looking to kayak or experience the whitewater sections of the Caney Fork River. Located in Warren County, it's a popular park both for primitive camping and cabin-seekers, with ample opportunity for boating, fishing, and hiking.
2. Henry Horton State Park
This Marshal County gem sits on 1,100 acres of what used to be former Tennessee Governor Henry Horton's lake. The Duck River cuts through the park, making it great for folks who enjoy water sports and hiking. Primitive campgrounds are available for reservation, as are cabins and hotel accommodations within the park.
3. Frozen Head State Park
Located in Morgan County, Frozen Head State Park is a popular spot for campers who are looking to find some of the most isolated wilderness in the state. The park is also home to some of the highest mountains in Tennessee! There are twenty rustic campsites available for reservation, and two group sites with a capacity up to twenty people each for larger get-togethers.
4. Fall Creek Falls State Park
This Van Buren County beauty is the largest and most visited state park of the currently active fifty-four. Known as a "resort-style" state park, you can not only hike and bike in this state park, but you can golf, go ziplining, camp and even go horseback riding!
5. Norris Dam State Park
Campsite reservations at Norris Dam State Park can easily be made online and is great for folks looking to indulge in many a boating opportunity. With miles of hiking trails and a view that stretches for miles, this 4,000-acre state park on the Norris Reservoir is truly a diamond in the rough.
6. Roan Mountain State Park
Roan Mountain State Park sits right on the Tennessee-North Carolina State Line, and it boasts more than 2,000 beautiful acres cut through by the gorgeous Doe River. With twelve miles of hiking trails perfect for afternoon tromping and campgrounds and cabins available for reservation, it's a true dream spot to stay.
7. Big Ridge State Park
Fall in love with Big Ridge State Park, a forested park that comes close to 4,000 acres along Tennessee's Appalachian Ridge. A natural refuge that boasts a lake, cabins and a primitive campground, it's a prime spot for all sorts of outdoor activities like hiking and boating.
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