If someone asks you to go "camping," what do you envision? Do you see yourself roughing it with a tent and a sleeping bag, building a fire, and just enjoying nature? Or do you like to take some amenities with you, maybe in an RV with running water, cable TV, and wi-fi access?
No matter what camping means to you, TVA's dam reservation campgrounds are ready to accommodate your vision. "Camping has evolved over the years, from family tents to sophisticated RVs," explains Jerry Fouse, TVA's recreation specialist. "We think it's important to have opportunities for both."
TVA owns six campgrounds at its reservoirs, with more than 350 campsites—some right beside the water. There are sites for both tents and RVs, many with water and electricity hookups. They are managed by a concessionaire, Recreation Resource Management, a company that has been charged with the task of making sure visitors can have the camping experience they want, no matter what it is.
"These areas are made to be family-friendly," adds Fouse. "We want folks to think of our campgrounds as vacation destinations."
With stays up to 21 days during the high season and 30 days in the off-season, it's easy to spend your vacation in one place. Upgrades also make it possible now for people to reserve campsites at most of the locations. A few sites are even available to reserve for the entire season.
And, of course, the real amenities come from the recreational opportunities at each of these locations…everything from trails to playgrounds and boat ramps is available for everyone to enjoy. As Fouse says: "Being near the water is certainly a plus."
Here's a guide to what recreational opportunities you can find where:
For more information as well as reservations, visit Vista Recreation.
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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TVA's Melton Hill Campground runs on wind and solar energy, employs water-conservation measures, and is built with material made of by-products from coal combustion. The result? A low-impact campground with net-zero energy requirements. Learn more about having fun at this green campground.