Cozy up in a sleeping bag under the pale moonlight of a Tennessee park. Enjoy trails by day and the millions of stars by night. Always remember to take only pictures and leave only footprints. Here are a few locations you can set up camp in Tennessee:
After exploring some of the 4,138 acres of this state park along the 14-mile biking trails and the many hiking options, make your way to the campground for $8-$25 a night. If you're backpacking, be sure to stay in one of the four camp shelters (be sure to notify the state park office when you do). The 28 rustic campsites are equipped with showers, grills and picnic tables.
David Crockett State Park
Named after one of Tennessee's most famous pioneers, the park has 115 camping sites with many equipped with a table, fire ring, electrical and water hookups. Community showers and restrooms are also available. So, whether you go fishing along the 35-acre Lake Lindsey or hike one of the 13 trails, you can lay your head comfortably in a natural setting.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Enjoy a camping trip any time in America's No. 1 most visited park. Whether you want to camp near your car with running water, or go on a Tennessee adventure through the backcountry of the park, you'll find a variety of hiking trails and things to do before settling down for the night.
Natchez Trace State Park
Explore the 13.5 hiking trails, including the 40-mile overnight trail. When you're ready to catch some zzz's, head to one of the four backcountry campsites (permit required). If you want some comforts, reserve a spot at one of the 208 campsites or one of the five air-conditioned cabins. All sites have water, electricity, four bathhouses, tables and grills.
Reelfoot Lake State Park
Among the submerged cypress trees is adventure and wildlife galore. Cast a line, hike a trail or observe some eagles before heading to one of the two campgrounds on Reelfoot Lake. Amenities include two bathhouses including a washer, dryer and dish washing area, boat rental facilities, pavilion and fish cleaning house.
Some of the Best Waterfalls on Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau
Tennessee offers some of the best waterfalls (and swimming holes) in the country.