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Things to Do and See While RV Traveling in Tennessee

It’s time to hit the open road to see something uniquely Tennessee.

It’s time to hit the open road to see something uniquely Tennessee. Explore the scenic byways, national and state parks, attractions and camping sites sprinkled throughout Tennessee. Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll find within these borders.

East Tennessee 

Anchor Down RV Resort - Dandridge

Roll into Anchor Down RV Resort in Dandridge – a charming small town - which features expansive views of its crown jewel, Douglas Lake. Enjoy luxurious offerings like fireplaces and fire pits, a pool with water slide and kiddie play area, inflatable trampoline, boat ramp with slips, a fishing trail, golf cart rentals and more. With convenient access to Knoxville, Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Kodak, you can fill your days with exploring these great cities and outdoor adventures that can be found in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Gatlinburg

Speaking of America’s most visited national park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park welcomes RV campers with open arms, providing ample space, flush toilets, cold running water, picnic tables and more, helping you make the most out of being surrounded by nature. Shower facilities are available in communities outside the park. While in the park, there are 384 miles of road to choose from in the Smokies. You can fill a day taking in the panoramic views, rushing streams, rivers and wildlife on the ever-popular Cades Cove Loop Road

Middle Tennessee 

Henry Horton State Park – Chapel Hill

Located on the shores of picturesque Duck River, Henry Horton State Park has one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. And it’s easy to see and experience this ecosystem as the park has 56 RV campsites, several cabins, campsites and even an Inn. All campsites have tables and fire rings with firewood sold onsite. Two bathhouses that are available seasonally, one remaining open during the winter to accommodate tents and small campers without their own facilities. WiFi is also available. Check out the newly-renovated camp store that sells basic camping supplies, gifts, snacks and drinks. 

While at Henry Horton State Park, anglers can catch largemouth, red-eye and smallmouth bass and catfish while here. Do something different and check out the Henry Horton Trap and Skeet Range. It includes five skeet fields, two trap fields, gun rentals and ammo, and a lodge with concessions. Participants must be 18 years of age or youth sportsman. A valid hunter education card is required for shooters under the age of 18.

Land Between the Lakes - Dover

Travel to Dover, Tennessee to discover the wildlife and wonder of Land Between the Lakes. Campgrounds are equipped with RV hookups,  clean restrooms, shower buildings, bike and canoe rentals, beaches and electrical outlets. Fill your vacation with daily explorations of the 170,000-acre playground. You’ll have a great time exploring the horseback riding trails, boating, biking, fishing, hiking, learning about pioneer life at the Homeplace 1850s Farm, seeing elk and bison and so much more. 

Standing Stone state park - hilham

Standing Stone State Park has 36 tent and trailer sites each with a picnic table, charcoal grill, water hookups, and 20/30/50 amperage electrical hookups. Sites can accommodate RVs up to 45 feet in length. Two central bathhouses and a dump station are conveniently located.

Spend your time at the park exploring the eight miles of day-use hiking trails ranging from easy to strenuous. The trails lead you along woodland areas, wildflowers, streams and Standing Stone Lake. Rent a kayak, canoe or row boat to spend the day on the lake. The 69-acre Kelly Lake is full of bass, bluegill, trout and catfish - an ideal fishing spot for anglers. 

West Tennessee

Shiloh National Military Park – Shiloh 

Learn about one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War at Shiloh National Military Park. Nearly 110,000 Americans clashed in what resulted in 23, 746 casualties, more than all of America’s previous wars combined. Learn about the historical struggle and its impact on the soldiers and nation. See the battlefield and spend some time in reflection at the National Cemetery. Go a bit deeper into Tennessee’s history by visiting the approximately 800-year-old Shiloh Indian Mounds, which are thought by historians to have served as platforms for the town’s important buildings. 

For easy access to these and other attractions in the area, roll into Green Acres RV Park, settled near the Tennessee River and minutes away from boating, fishing, swimming, kayaking and more. Enjoy complimentary WiFi and cable TV, full RV hookups with 50/30/20 Amp, water and sewer at each site, a laundry room, showers, bathrooms and even a saltwater pool in the summer months. 

Chickasaw State Park - Henderson

This beautiful 1,400-acre state park is named after the Chickasaw Native Americans who once inhabited West Tennessee and North Mississippi. Interpretive programs are hosted throughout the year that teach this history as well as programs about the flora and fauna found within the park. Experience the outdoors yourself along the four miles of easy to moderate hiking trails and bike-friendly roads. Cast a line or rent a boat for leisure exploration of Lake Placid. Chickasaw State Park has 53 RV sites – some can host 94-foot rigs - equipped with water and electrical hookups. Twenty-six of them have sewer hookups as well. A bathhouse is available with showers and bathrooms and a dump station is conveniently located. 

RV travel brings you closer to the outdoors and all that Tennessee has to offer. Plan your trip to these unique areas and more. 

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