Tennessee December 04, 2018
7 Stunning Tennessee State Parks Where You Can Camp All Year-Round
When it comes to feeling at peace with the great outdoors, Tennessee knows how to set you at ease real quick. The state boasts rushing rivers and lush valleys, meadows choked with flowers and craggy mountains to the east. The Mississippi rounds out the western side of the state, snaking through fields and thick forests. It’s only natural to want to experience the beauty of the state in all its glory, don’t you think?
These seven state parks offer camping experiences all year ’round, which means you don’t have to wait for the sunshine of spring to build a campfire and take some space from the rush of the day-to-day.
7. Big Hill Pond State Park
Located near the Tennessee-Mississippi state line, Big Hill Pond State Park is a great spot for chilly winter camping. It's ensconced with stunning cypress and swampland, and you can rent one of the four trail shelters available to campers. There are also rustic campsites, twenty-eight of them, each with a grill, picnic bench and a shared bathhouse.
6. Chickasaw State Park
Lake Placid is located right at the center of Chickasaw State Park, making for a gorgeous view from the thirteen cabins that circle the water. You can enjoy your own tv and fireplace, perfectly cozy for a winter weekend away.
5. Roan Mountain State Park
The mountainside cabin rentals available at Roan Mountain State Park - there are thirty deluxe cabins for rent - are outfitted with a front porch and rocking chairs, a full bath with a tub and shower, as well as the cozy addition of a woodburning stove as well as gas and electric heat. The cabins are not air conditioned, so they're perfect for wintertime adventures.
4. Henry Horton State Park
There are all sorts of places you can stay in Henry Horton State Park, from lodging at the local inn or relaxing in one of the eight cabins available for rent. You can also rent one of the 56 RV campsites and even primitive campsites for those ready to brave the cold. The land is incredible, as are the fishing opportunities. There are even skeet fields in the park!
3. South Cumberland State Park
South Cumberland State Park covers 25,000 acres of Tennessee land and is made up of nine mountain wilderness areas. There are just about 100 primitive campsites found throughout the park, and even rustic trailer campsites at the Foster Falls campground. Hike the Fiery Gizzard Trail if you're looking for something gorgeous and remote, encrusted with a film of ice and snow during the wintertime. Beautiful.
2. Montgomery Bell State Park
Located in Dickson County, you can make a reservation ahead of time to camp in Montgomery Bell State Park. There are RV and tent camping opportunities, with picnic tables and grills available at every campsite.
1. Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park
You can camp at Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park either with your RV or on one of their primitive campsites. There are stores and restaurants in the nearby town of Manchester, and the beautiful park is struck through with hiking trails and fun experiences for the entire family.
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