T.A.T. in Tennessee?
As told by Leena Kollar

Are These 5 Camping Spots the Best in Tennessee?

Step outside. Look around. What do you see?

When you live in Tennessee, you get a daily dose of Mother Nature’s handiwork. And man, is it glorious!

Tennessee has some of the most beautiful parks and campgrounds. I’ve been to a few of the best, and let me tell you, the experiences were great. I’m not a big outdoors person, but there’s something about the Tennessee wilderness that puts me at ease.

Just take a look at these 5 camping spots and tell me you aren’t feeling more relaxed!

5. Montgomery Bell State Park

Montgomery Bell State Park
Tennessee State Parks

Bring your family (even the pets are welcome) to Montgomery Bell State Park for a fun camping adventure in the city of Burns. The campgrounds feature amenities like picnic tables and grills, so you can get the full camping experience.

You can camp out in a motor home, or set up a maximum of two tents on your campsite. Just keep things mellow between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., the designated quiet time.

4. Smoky Bear Campground

Smoky Bear Campground
Smoky Bear Campground

If you want to experience camping in a more comfortable way, you’ve got to check out Smoky Bear Campground in Gatlinburg. It’s more luxurious than standard campgrounds, offering a pool, a hot tub, a laundry room and free WiFi.

Spend a few nights in one of the cabins available, or drive up with your RV. You can also choose to camp out in a tent, which offers a bit more privacy. You’ll still have access to all of the park’s amenities.

3. Elkmont Campground

Elkmont Campground
Val in Real Life

Located 8 miles from Gatlinburg is Elkmont Campground, the largest campground in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This place is all about “roughin’ it,” with no electric, water or sewer hook-ups.

Set up next to James Creek for a waterfront view to enjoy, or pack a tackle box for a fun day of fishing. The busiest times of year for Elkmont are summer and the month of October, so plan accordingly.

2. Tims Ford State Park

Tims Ford State Park
Tennessee State Parks

In south-central Tennessee, you’ll find the Tims Ford Reservoir, which is home to Tims Ford State Park. You can camp here all year round, and the view is absolutely stunning!

If you’ve got little ones, there is a playground located within the campground. For adults, there are activities like golfing and kayaking. Campers who choose to rent a cabin will find that each one comes equipped with appliances and linens.

1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smokey Mountains National Park

Want to spend time at America’s most visited national park? Plan a trip to the Smoky Mountains and book a spot at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

You can camp with your horses, go backpacking through the backcountry camp sites, or set up a tent and have a group camping experience. With 10 different locations to choose from, you’re bound to find a campground in the National Park that works for you!

Ahhh…the great outdoors. There’s still plenty of time for summer camping, so where are you headed first?

Author: Leena Kollar

Leena Kollar is a freelance writer who has written on a variety of topics for several different websites. In addition to writing, she enjoys spending time with her family eating Southern food, tolerating the Southern humidity and spraying herself liberally with bug spray in the Nashville, TN area. She also has a fashion blog, Leather & Lip Gloss and recently founded a fashion website, The Style Spectrum.