TVA Campgrounds Closed for Winter, Reopen Spring 2024
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Valley Authority will close its six campgrounds for winter on Wednesday, Nov. 15 and they will reopen on March 15, 2024. TVA’s day-use recreation areas on dam reservations remain open year-round. These recreation areas are used for hiking, fishing, boating, picnicking, wildlife viewing and swimming.
The closed TVA campgrounds are:
- Cherokee Dam — Cherokee Dam Reservation in Jefferson City, Tenn.
- Douglas Dam Headwater — Douglas Dam Reservation near Sevierville, Tenn.
- Douglas Dam Tailwater — Douglas Dam Reservation near Sevierville, Tenn.
- Melton Hill Dam — Melton Hill Dam Reservation near Lenoir City, Tenn.
- Watauga Dam — Watauga Dam Reservation near Elizabethton, Tenn.
- Pickwick Dam – Pickwick Dam Reservation near Savannah, Tenn.
TVA will begin taking reservations online on December 1 for the 2024 camping season through Vista Recreation, which operates the campgrounds for TVA.
“The range of amenities and the beauty of their settings continue to make TVA campgrounds a popular recreation option for visitors from the Valley region and tourists alike,” said Senior Manager Anthony Summitt, TVA Natural Resources and Recreation Management. “In fact, visitors give our campgrounds a rating of 4.9 out of 5. That’s a result of our partnership with Vista Recreation and our shared efforts to maximize the campground experience for everyone.”
The Tennessee Valley Authority is the nation’s largest public power supplier, delivering energy to 10 million people across seven southeastern states. TVA was established 90 years ago to serve this region and the nation by developing innovative solutions to solve complex challenges. TVA’s unique mission focuses on energy, environmental stewardship, and economic development. With one of the largest, most diverse, and cleanest energy systems – including nuclear, hydro, solar, gas, and advanced technologies – TVA is a leader in our nation’s drive toward a clean energy future.
TVA is a corporate agency of the United States, receiving no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation, and land management for the Tennessee River system, and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.