Camping in Tennessee

“The Volunteer State” welcomes campers to explore its one national park (Great Smoky Mountains) and 56 state parks. Tennessee’s 1.2 million+ hectares of parkland are home to black bears, white-tailed deer, and wild turkeys, none to mention the many forests, lakes, and waterfalls. Go fishing, whitewater rafting, or for a scenic drive. The choice is yours! When in Tennessee, visit Gatlinburg, Nashville (Music City), scenic Chattanooga, and The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an American national park in the southeastern United States, with parts in North Carolina and Tennessee. The park straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain. The park contains some of the highest mountains in eastern North America, including Clingmans...

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Dale Hollow Lake

The Dale Hollow Reservoir is a reservoir situated on the Kentucky/Tennessee border. The lake is formed by the damming of the Obey River, 7.3 miles (11.7 km) above its juncture with the Cumberland River at river mile 380. Portions of the lake also cover the Wolf River. Dale Hollow is one of four major flood control reservoirs for the Cumberland; the others being Percy Priest Lake, Lake Cumberlan...

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J Percy Priest Lake

J. Percy Priest Lake is a reservoir in north central part of Tennessee. It is formed by J. Percy Priest Dam, located between miles six and seven of the Stones River. The dam (easily visible from Interstate 40) is located about 10 miles (16 km) east of downtown Nashville and impounds a lake 42 mi (68 km) long. The lake and dam are named for Congressman Percy Priest. The lake covers portions o...

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Cordell Hull Lake

Cordell Hull Lake is a lake in the Cumberland River in north-central Tennessee, about forty miles east of Nashville, in the vicinity of Carthage. It covers approximately 12,000 acres (49 km2). The lake is impounded by Cordell Hull Dam, which was built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers between May 1963 and November 1973 for navigation, hydroelectric power generation, and recreation. ...

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Cheatham Lock And Dam

The Cheatham Lock and Dam is a dam in Ashland City, Tennessee, USA. It was built on the Cumberland River from 1949 to 1951. Electricity from the dam is marketed by the Southeastern Power Administration.

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Cherokee National Forest

Cleveland is the county seat of, and largest city in, Bradley County, Tennessee. The population was 47,356 at the 2020 census. It is the principal city of the Cleveland metropolitan area, Tennessee (consisting of Bradley and neighboring Polk County), which is included in the Chattanooga–Cleveland–Dalton, TN–GA–AL Combined Statistical Area. Cleveland is the seventeenth-largest city in Tennessee ...

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Old Hickory Lake

Old Hickory is a neighborhood of metropolitan Nashville, located in the Hadley Bend section of eastern Davidson County, Tennessee. Old Hickory is governed by the Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County, due to the fact that the government of Davidson County is consolidated with that of Nashville.

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Center Hill Lake

Center Hill Lake is a reservoir in the U.S. state of Tennessee. It is located in Middle Tennessee near Smithville. Created by means of a dam constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1948, the lake has a dual purpose: electricity production and flood control. Center Hill Dam is 260 ft (79 m) high, and it is composed of concrete and earth structures, with 8 gates that are 50 ft (15 m) w...

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