Enjoying the outdoors no longer needs to mean roughing it in a tiny tent and sleeping bag. From decked-out retro campers to posh treehouses, there are plenty of places around Tennessee to enjoy nature without sacrificing comfort. Here are a few places to get the full glamping experience in Tennessee.
This luxury outdoor resort outside of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, will give you major summer camp flashbacks. It has a variety of options for outdoorsy digs, including luxury treehouses, retro campers and safari tents. Wi-Fi and outlets are available at all the Camp LeConte accommodations except the primitive tent sites, and a bathhouse and heated saltwater pool is available for all guests. This camping site is located right outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which has countless trails to hike, zip lining, rafting and many other activities. And Camp LeConte is less than 30 minutes away from the famous amusement park Dollywood.
Stay in The Deer Camp's rustic treehouse in Dunlap, equipped with a queen bed, eating nook, Wi-Fi, a greenhouse bathhouse on site and even an outdoor movie theater and hammock chairs open March to December. Cook on the outdoor stove or grill or roast something over the fire at the fire pit. Close to Fall Creek Falls State Park and Rock Island State Park, you can fill your days hiking to waterfalls.
If you’re looking for an authentically off-the-grid forest experience with fairytale charm, Camp Grits is the perfect place for you. Little Black Cabin was built entirely from locally milled lumber and salvaged materials by the owner, Jim. Along with the charming 12x12 cabin, there is a retro camper on the property for visitors to experience as well. Jim and his wife, Rosie, are incredible hosts, daily providing homemade bread, fresh eggs and goat’s milk from a local farm to their guests. Because Camp Grits has no internet or cellular reception, it is the perfect place to relax, unplug and connect with nature. Just a few miles from the entrance of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and less than 30 minutes from downtown Gatlinburg, Camp Grits feels remote, but it is still close to countless activities.
This eco-friendly, LEED-certified hostel has become a base camp for adventurous travelers in Chattanooga. The Crash Pad’s owners’ goal is to help establish the city as one of the best places for outdoor activities in the U.S. You can either stay in one of the hostel’s 24 bunk beds or one of its five private rooms, but either way, you get a complimentary DIY breakfast. In addition, The Crash Pad offers free Wi-Fi, bathrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, and several common areas to hang out and relax. There are several spots to grab food and a drink within walking distance of The Crash Pad; and downtown Chattanooga is only a few miles away. As outdoor aficionados themselves, the staff at The Crash Pad will happily direct you to all the best places to hike, climb, raft and more in Chattanooga. The Crash Pad also supports the local community by partnering with tons of local and eco-friendly businesses.
This rustic, luxury resort nestled in the woods in Smithville, Tennessee, allows you to experience the peace and quiet of nature while still being close to Nashville. The accommodations feature private decks with a breathtaking view of the forest, premium bedding, Wi-Fi and private bathrooms. Evins Mill’s chefs use local ingredients to create a fresh gourmet culinary experience for guests. Whether you’re coming with a group, need to-go boxed lunches for a day trip or simply want a romantic dinner for two, the staff can make you a delicious meal for any occasion. You can hike, swim or fish on-site, or try countless outdoor activities in the surrounding area. Evins Mill also has a variety of common areas and meeting spaces, making it a great place for reunions, weddings or other group gatherings.
Sleep under the stars at Sassy Springs Retreat and Camping in Morrison, about 62 miles northwest of Nashville. Glamping style tents, RV sites and primitive tent sites are available as well as hike-in sites if you want more privacy. All tents come with heating and air conditioning, queen beds and twin beds. The Skyview Getaway is a retro style camper with two queen beds, one twin bed and a futon along with a clear roof, perfect for stargazing. Community bathrooms, kitchen area and a center with a movie screen and kid center are included.
Located in the heart of West Tennessee, Stillwaters Farm has remodeled a 1982 Airstream for glamping with a touch of nostalgia. With updated amenities and a bath house nearby, you can enjoy farm life while feeling like you’re right at home. The glamper sleeps up to five guests and is available for monthly or short-term lease if you’re thinking about an extended stay. Explore the farm, which doubles as a nature preserve, and shop for gifts at farm’s store. If you’re looking for something a little more spacious, Stillwaters Farm also has a two-bedroom cottage that sleeps up to eight guests and is fully-furnished with unique antique collectibles.
These are just a sampling of some of the unique accommodations Tennessee offers. Explore more places to stay for your next Tennessee vacation.