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RV Camping and Campgrounds In Tennessee

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.

Tennessee Private RV Parks and Campgrounds

Private RV Parks - Research tool for finding the best private RV parks and campgrounds in Tennessee.

Federal RV Camping Information

  • National Park Service - NPS information about National Parks and other NPS administered lands in Tennessee. Great RV camping destinations.
  • US Forest Service - The USFS has two areas it administers in Tennessee.
    • Cherokee National Forest - Located along much of the eastern edge of Tennessee, developed campgrounds and dispersed camping is available (boondocking).
    • Land Between The Lakes - Located in Kentucky and Northwest Tennessee, this National Recreation Area offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities including RV camping.
  • Tennessee Valley Authority - TVA information about recreation opportunities in Tennessee.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers - USACE/COE information about Corps managed lakes and campgrounds in Tennessee.
  • US Fish & Wildlife - FWS information about national wildlife refuges in Tennessee. Most refuges do not permit camping, so check regulations carefully.

State RV Camping Information

  • State Parks - RV camping is available throughout Tennessee's beautiful state park system.
  • Tennesse State Forests - Desginated primitive camping is available in several of Tennessee's state forests.
  • Division of Wildlife - Tennessee has many camping opportunities associated with wildlife and fishing areas. Check .pdf map files for WMA camping facilities.
  • Official State Tourism Website - Where to go, and what to do in Tennessee. Includes RV camping suggestions.

Campground Reservations

Camping Reservations - Make your campground reservation in advance and your campsite will be waiting for you when you arrive.

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Public RV Camping and Campgrounds

The following is just a small sample of available public RV camping locations in Tennessee.

CHAPPEL HILL Chappel Hill RV Camping Location Map
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.

DOVER Dover RV Camping Location Map
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.

DUCKTOWN Ducktown RV Camping Location Map
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.

GATLINBURG Gatlinburg RV Camping Location Map
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.

HIXON Hixon RV Camping Location Map
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.

WILDERSVILLE Wildersville RV Camping Location Map
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.

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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.

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Free RV Parking Ideas

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.

  • Truck Stops - Asking permission is usually not a requirement Be considerate of the big rigs!
  • Walmart - Not all stores allow overnight RV parking in Tennessee due to city ordinances. Check store for policy.
  • Nightclubs - Had one too many or just pretending?
  • Grain Elevators - Ask where you can park your RV out of the way for the night.
  • Fraternal Organizations - VFW, Elks etc. may allow members free overnight RV camping.
  • Cemetery - Sounds creepy to us, but we've also heard they may have water available.
  • Fairgrounds - State and County facilities may allow RV camping when not otherwise in use.
  • Parks - City, County, State, and Community parks often have free RV camping.
  • Churches - You can almost make "reservations" by calling ahead for permission.
  • Hotel Parking Lots - Assuming a nightclub/bar is inside, had one too many or just pretending?
  • Truck Terminals - Parking areas for large trucks might allow you free RV camping permission.
  • RV Dealers - Pretty brave to us, but you could fit right in.
  • Cracker Barrel - These nationwide restaurants usually allow free overnight RV parking.
  • Movie Theaters - Too tired to drive home after the late show?
  • Highway Rest Areas - All rest areas allow a few hours of free RV parking, but noisy.
  • Drive In Movies - Got a small RV, park in the back row and enjoy the show. Fell asleep by accident right?
  • Vehicle Repair Shops - Need to see the repairman first thing in the morning?
  • Big Box Retailers - Kmart, Best Buy, Sams Club often allow free RV camping.
  • Roadside Parks & Picnic Areas - The early day version of the rest area.

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.