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Camping

TVA recreation areas, trails and undeveloped lands are open with the exception of the following, which are closed for maintenance and improvements:
  • Tellico Dam Reservation – beaches and associated parking lot
Visitors are requested to continue to follow physical distancing and other public health guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention while at TVA’s recreation areas.

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 March 15 to November 15.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Hill
  • Pickwick Dam Campground near Savannah, Tenn.: TVA’s Pickwick Dam Reservation Campground was severely impacted by the recent flooding in the Tennessee Valley. TVA’s Pickwick Dam Tailwater Recreation Area, Campground and Wharf Road are all closed until further notice. Nearby Botel Lane is reopened. Watch for high water and please do not cross concrete barriers. 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.
  • Watauga Campground near Elizabethton, Tenn.: The Appalachian Trail intersects with trails here, making for some truly world-class hiking.

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 a monthly rate at 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, rates, 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.