Great RV Camping Locations
RV camping in Tennessee is hard to beat! RV camping in any of the three sections of Tennessee offers great scenery, solitude, and wonderful outdoor recreation opportunities for the whole family. From RV resorts, to basic service public campgrounds,there is something for everyone in Tennessee. Free dispersed camping (boondocking) is available on USDA Forest Service administered lands.
Private RV Parks - Research tool for finding the best private RV parks and campgrounds in Tennessee.
Camping Reservations - Make your campground reservation in advance and your campsite will be waiting for you when you arrive.
The following is just a small sample of available public RV camping locations in Tennessee.
Henry Horton State Park offers a wide variety of outdoor activites. Golfing, swimming, hiking, wildlife viewing, and of course RV camping. 56 water and electric sites, as well as 19 primitve sites.
The US Forest Service manages the Land Between The Lakes NRA. This national recreation area offers all types of outdoor recreation. Reservation and first come first serve RV camping in most developed campgrounds. Some rustic camping opportunities are available.
The US Forest Service offers the Thunder Rock Campground just 7 miles west of Ducktown. This campground is popular with white water rafting and kayaks. One electric site and 37 rustic sites with flush toilets and water available.
Great Smokey Mountains National Park is America's most visited national park. Located in eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina, this popular destination offers first come and reservation RV camping.
RV camping is available at two designated primitive campgrounds in the Prentice Cooper State Forest. Campsites are first come first serve with fire rings and pit toilets.
Two designated campgrounds suitable for RV camping are located in the Natchez Trace WMA south area. Campsites are first come first serve with fire rings and pit toilets.
USFS (US Forest Service) - Describes USFS policies and rules about RV camping. Information about dispersed camping, and tips on how to find great free RV camping sites.
NPS (National Park Service) - General information about RV camping and campgrounds in US National Parks. With campgrounds in the most historic and scenic places in the country, the NPS offers some of the best places for RV camping.
USACE/COE (US Army Corp of Engineers) - USACE (perhaps better know as COE) manages water recreation areas throughout the USA. Information about finding USACE lakes, RV camping possibilities, and rules and policies for use of these water based recreation areas is included.
BLM (Bureau of Land Management) - Located throughout the western USA, BLM managed lands offer great camping locations. Developed campgrounds, and almost unlimited dispersed camping opportunites await you.
Here's a list of places to consider when looking for a free overnight RV camping or parking location in Tennessee. We always recommend asking for overnight RV parking permission when looking for a free spot to spend the night. The smaller your RV, the better chances you will have finding places to stay if you choose not to ask permission. If you don't ask permission, you end up "sneaking" into places and hoping nobody bothers you or issues you a trespassing ticket before you move on.
Be smart and Be Safe...Ask Permission.
As you can see, there are a lot of free RV camping and parking possibilities in Tennessee. If you are not asking permission, it's best to keep a very low profile. If your RV has slide outs, jacks and TV antennas, don't use them so as not to draw attention to yourself. Consider your surroundings carefully and if you feel uncomfortable with the area, move somewhere else.