Camping

If you want to be surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the Southeastern United States, plan a stay with TVA. TVA offers hundreds of campsites among its six dam reservoir campgrounds, available from mid-March to mid-November.

All six campgrounds are now managed by Recreation Resource Management (RRM) under a concessionaire agreement with TVA. This has allowed an expansion of services that includes new campground stores, wireless access, an online reservation system and more.

Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find at the campgrounds to help you make memories that will last forever:

  • Cherokee Dam Campground near Jefferson City, Tenn.: With a picnic pavilion, basketball court and children’s playground, this is a terrific meeting place for a family reunion. map | rates
  • Douglas Dam Headwater Campground + Tailwater Campground near Sevierville, Tenn.: At the Headwater Campground, multiple boat ramps offer easy access to some of the Valley’s best bass fishing. The Tailwater Campground offers easy access to the Great Smoky Mountains. Headwater Campground map | rates; Tailwater Campground maprates | driving directions
  • Melton Hill Campground near Lenoir City, Tenn.: High-tech energy efficiency facilities meet a beautiful natural setting at this TVA demonstration property. Click here to learn more about energy efficiency at Melton Hillmaprates | driving directions
  • Pickwick Dam Campground near Savannah, Tenn.: TVA’s Pickwick Dam Reservation Campground was severely impacted by the recent flooding in the Tennessee Valley. The campground, boat ramp and day use area are currently closed. TVA staff and the campground operator are working together to implement repairs using a phased approach. The boat ramp and associated parking should be available for use this summer, and TVA plans to open Loop C of the campground for the late summer and fall season. The day use area and Loops A and B in the campground will reopen at a later date. We will update this web page as new information becomes available. You may also contact the Public Land Information Center at plic@tva.gov or (800) 882-5263 for information. map | rates
  • Watauga Campground near Elizabethton, Tenn.: The Appalachian Trail intersects with trails here, making for some truly world-class hiking. map | rates

Fees, Reservations and Other Information

The length of stay is limited to 21 days during the high season (May 1 to Sept 30) and 30 days in the off-season (Oct 1 to April 30, excluding closure dates). RRM offers seasonal sites for $455 per month for a portion of the campsites at Cherokee and Pickwick. Seasonal sites allow campers to stay up to the full season (two month minimum). See the rate sheets for those two campgrounds to see which campsites are open to seasonal renting.

Other information—including opening and closing dates, rules and reservation details—can be found on Recreation Resource Management’s website: camprrm.com.

Campground Rules

Learn about what’s okay and what’s prohibited before you go to ensure you have a blissful, happy experience camping in the great outdoors. Everyone stays well and plays well when they follow some basic rules for keeping the peace on TVA’s recreation areas and campgrounds.

Campground rules and regulations

Rules for TVA day-use areas and picnic pavilions

Want to Rough It?

You can camp in the wild—sans facilities—on undeveloped TVA public lands. Learn more about recreational opportunities on these lands.

TVA Fun
Summer is here, which means it’s prime time for fun on the Tennessee Valley’s lands and waters. Not sure where to start? We have you covered! Check out some of the best recreational activities on our reservoirs. While you’re enjoying the lakes, trails, picnic areas and campgrounds, share your own stories and photos on Instagram using #TVAfun to enter our annual photo contest. You could win great fun-centric prizes!

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RFP for Skull Island Campground

TVA is entertaining requests for proposals to run the Skull Island Campground on Chickamauga Reservoir. Skull Island is a commercial campground comprised of approximately 32 campsites, a beach/swimming area, a launch ramp, a small bathhouse, dump station and a potable water station. TVA will entertain proposals for expanding the 32 existing sites and adding additional campsites. See all the details.

Tennessee Valley Camp-Right Campgrounds

TVA’s Tennessee Valley Camp-Right Campgrounds program recognizes those campgrounds on TVA land that are committed to environmentally responsible practices, and that share our passion for protecting the environment. Find a campground near you.

Burn Local

Camping with firewood is a traditional way of enjoying the outdoors. However, moving firewood from county to county can spread pest infections that kill trees. To prevent the spread of these destructive pests, TVA recommends buying firewood that was cut locally, preferably within the same county where it will be burned.