Tennessee Valley summers brings warm weather and plenty of opportunity to get outside on TVA’s lands and lakes and play the days away. What to do? Scroll on for great ideas.
At TVA, we're hardwired for fun. Recreation is part of our mission—it's who we are. And there's plenty of fun to be had year-round on TVA land and water.
Do you love to hike? We've got trails for every ability. Fishing your obsession? We have some truly world-class bass and trout fishing destinations. Do you like to kick up dirt? We have some spoke'n hot mountain biking trails. Birdwatching more your style? Take a peek at our small wild areas. Camping? Boating? Swimming? Paddling? Check, check, check, check. And those are just a few of the possibilities.
All you need to do, any time of year, is get out there and have a good time. Share your own stories and photos on Instagram using #TVAfun!
If you long for the great outdoors, but just can’t leave that laptop and hot shower behind, then RV camping is probably for you. RV stands for recreational vehicle—and that includes everything from a small pop-up camper that you tow with your car to a decked-out luxury home on wheels. And good news, TVA has campgrounds to accommodate all of them.
While camping purists may consider RVs “cheating,” RVs may actually be the key to getting more people outdoors, according to TVA’s Natural Resources Recreation representative Aurora Pulliam. “In this age of technology, it’s especially important to expose young people to the outdoors,” she says, “and it’s easier when you can take some of the comforts of home with you.” Pulliam says tent camping definitely has its appeal, especially for young adults. But comfort tends to take over when you get older and have children.
Many campgrounds are also embracing technology by offering free wi-fi connection. “We are losing campers to technology, so we want to try to make it easier for people to connect if they want to,” Pulliam explains.
There are more than 140 campgrounds on TVA lands, including 11 operated by Recreation Resource Management. Six of those are on or near the water at TVA reservoirs. A growing number are part of the Tennessee Valley Camp-Right Campgrounds program, meaning that they are committed not only to your comfort, but to environmentally friendly practices as well.
Campgrounds, including those owned by TVA or on located on TVA lands, are doing more and more to accommodate RV camping. “Most of our campsites are built for RVs, but we have plenty of space for tents as well,” Pulliam said. Even most basic campsites are equipped with water and electricity hookups—so you can camp where you like, in style.
It’s always a good 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.
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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.
Always wanted to live on the lake but can't afford the real estate? Now you can enjoy all the amenities without the expense by camping at one of TVA's six dam reservation campgrounds. Click here to learn more about TVA dam reservation camping.