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It’s not too late to go camping

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Cherokee Dam Campground

If you like to camp but prefer to avoid the heat and crowds, autumn is a good time to take advantage of one of TVA’s 11 scenic campgrounds.

All TVA-operated campgrounds will remain open until November 17, with the exception of Douglas Dam Tailwater Campground which will remain open until December 15.

TVA’s day-use recreation areas on dam reservations are open year-round and offer hiking trails, picnic areas, overlooks, beaches, swimming areas, fishing piers/berms, boat ramps, and wildlife viewing areas. TVA operates about 100 public recreation areas throughout the Valley.

Fees for campsites without water and electric hookups are $16 per day, and fees for sites with water and electric hookups are $20 per day. The upgraded sites at Melton Hill Campground with water, electric, and sewer service are $24 per day.

Holders of America the Beautiful Annual, Senior, or Access Passes or Golden Age or Golden Access Passports receive a 50-percent discount on daily camping fees. Purchase an annual pass or a lifetime Senior or Access Pass through the USGS online store.

TVA-managed day use areas and boat launch ramps are free to the public. Picnic pavilions which are available at many areas may be reserved for $50 by calling 866-494-7186. Most feature electrical outlets, large charcoal grills, and convenient access to restrooms.

For more information about recreation opportunities on TVA-managed land, visit TVA’s Camping and Recreation Areas page.

TVA Campgrounds

Cherokee Dam Campground
Cherokee Reservoir

Douglas Dam Tailwater Campground
Douglas Reservoir

Douglas Dam Headwater Campground
Douglas Reservoir

Foster Falls Campground
Near Tracy City in Marion County

Melton Hill Dam Campground
Melton Hill Reservoir

Barton Springs Campground
Normandy Reservoir

Loyston Point Campground
Norris Reservoir

Pickwick Dam Tailwater Campground
Pickwick Reservoir

Watauga Dam Tailwater Campground
Watauga Reservoir

Mallard Creek Campground
Wheeler Reservoir

Wilson Dam - Lower Rockpile Campground
Wilson Reservoir


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