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25 Best Campgrounds Near Nashville in 2023

America’s music city is much beloved for its fast pace of life and sound, but it’s pretty great to head out of town sometimes to experience a quieter pace of living. Listed here are 25 campgrounds within two hours of Nashville where you can hear the sweet music nature has to offer without having to go too far for a little rest and relaxation. On the menu of activities within this list are plenty of hiking, fishing, swimming and boating. Whatever you are into, there are some great places to unwind and get outdoors in campgrounds within two hours of Nashville.

Middle Tennessee

Montgomery Bell State Park: Burns, TN

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Montgomery Bell Campground is the site of a former large iron industry in Tennessee that now boasts many miles of sprawling trails for biking and hiking, three beautiful lakes for swimming and fishing, multiple camping setups, cabins, a golf course and even a gourmet restaurant. The park includes a full resort experience for those interested, but regardless of your interests, there’s sure to be some way to relax on the enormous grounds. Companies seeking a work retreat may even convene in the Montgomery Bell Conference Rooms or various pavilions located throughout the property.

Recent campers say: “Overall great stay.” “Beautiful park.” “A lovely place to hike.”

Montgomery Bell State Park

1020 Jackson Hill Rd.

Burns, TN 37029

$9.00+ per night

David Crockett State Park: Lawrenceburg, TN

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This beautiful state park, named after the legendary pioneer, includes eight miles of scenic hiking trails that offer views of Shoal Creek and Crockett Falls, bluffs made of limestone, local wildlife and soaring forests. Fishing and swimming are popular summertime activities. Paddleboards, canoes, kayaks and fishing boats are available for rental. There are many options for whatever style of camping suits you, including primitive camping, RV hookups and cabins. Various events during the year, including David Crockett Days in early August, ensure that there is plenty to do in the park.

Recent campers say: “One of the best full hookups I’ve ever stayed in.” “One of the cleanest campgrounds I ever visited.” “Really nice state park.”

David Crockett State Park

1400 W Gaines St.

Lawrenceburg, TN 38464

$35+ per night

Bledsoe Creek State Park: Gallatin, TN

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Bledsoe Creek State Park boasts a rich history, once serving as a hunting ground for Native American tribes, including the Cherokee, Shawnee and Creek. The park became a Tennessee state park in 1973 after existing for a long time as the Bledsoe Creek territory. It offers 57 campsites and more than six miles of scenic hiking trails, and campers enjoy exclusive use of a boat launch pier. For a peaceful weekend of birdwatching, boating, hiking and history, Bledsoe Creek State Park is the place to be.

Recent campers say: “Staff was incredibly friendly.” “Relatively small.” “Really nice campground.”

400 Zieglers Fort Rd.

Gallatin, TN 37066

$35+ per night

Cedars of Lebanon State Park: Lebanon, TN

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Cedars of Lebanon State Park is part of the Cedars Lebanon State Forest. The cedar trees in the area reminded early American settlers of the famed Biblical cedar forests that thrived across Mount Lebanon. During the 1940s, botanists noticed unique natural ecosystems called limestone glades, which are natural rock gardens, which you can explore throughout the park. It features 117 campsites featuring water hookups, grills and picnic tables. In addition, 30 primitive campsites available to rent. The property also has a modern group lodge that can sleep up to 80 people.

Recent campers say: “Perfect for a long weekend.” Dog-friendly.” “Park’s staff are truly pros.”

Cedars of Lebanon State Park

328 Cedar Forest Rd.

Lebanon, TN 37090

$28+ per night

Edgar Evins State Park: Silver Point, TN

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Located in the Eastern Highland Rim of Tennessee, Edgar Evins State Park is located on one of the most picturesque reservoirs in the state for kayaking, swimming and fishing. Economy suites are available, as well as 60 tent and trailer sites. Wildlife is abundant in the park and includes three different owl species, numerous hawks, and wintering bald eagles.

Recent campers say: “Very beautiful campground.” “Cabins are small but well maintained.” “Worth a visit.”

Edgar Evins State Park

1630 Edgar Edgar Evins State Park Rd.

Silver Point, TN 38582

$28+ per night

Fall Creek Falls State Park: Spencer, TN

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As one of Tennesee’s largest and most popular state parks, Fall Creek Falls State Park welcomes many visitors each year on grounds that span for 26,000 acres. At 256 feet, Fall Creek Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern region of the U.S. Over 56 hiking trails accommodate hikers of all skill levels. This family-friendly state park has 222 camping sites and 30 cabins, as well as plenty of room for everyone to happily and safely roam in the wild. For those young campers looking to learn about the great outdoors, the Nature Center at Fall Creek Falls offers a variety of educational programs.

Recent campers say: “Awesome hiking experience.” “Breathtaking falls.” “Beautiful hike.” 

Fall Creek Falls State

Park 2009 Village Camp Rd.

Spencer, TN 38585

$28+ per night

Henry Horton State Park: Chapel Hill, TN

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Named after the former governor of Tennessee, this state park features one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Remnants of a mill and bridge operated and used by the family of Horton’s spouse for over a century may be seen today on the Wilhoite Mill Trail. From backcountry camping sites to RV hookup sites, as well as a cabin and inn, there are many accommodation options for campers from all walks of life. Fishing is a popular activity in the Duck River, with largemouth and smallmouth bass being a common catch in the river. The Henry Horton Trap and Skeet Range feature five skeet fields, two trap fields and a lodge building. Gun rental and ammo are available. A picnic shelter is available for large groups.

Recent campers say: Variety of camping sites.” “Great place for picnics” “Friendly staff.”

Henry Horton State Park

4209 Nashville Hwy.

Chapel Hill, TN 37034

$35+ per night

Pickett CCC Memorial State Park: Jamestown, TN

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Pickett CCC Memorial State Park’s name pays tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps, which managed and turned the forest area into a conservation land through the 1930s and ’40s. Visitors may enjoy the museum on premises which memorializes the efforts the organization, as well as over 58 miles of trails. Hikers may glimpse sandstone bluffs, natural bridges waterfalls and diverse plant life along the many pathways. Thirty-one campsites are available at the park, and 20 cabins are also on site for rental. Close by is the Charit Creek Lodge, which offers visitors unique views of wildlife slightly off the beaten path.

Recent campers say: “Had a great time camping last weekend.” “A bit of a hidden gem.” “Nice trails with shady, cool caves.”

Pickett CCC Memorial State Park

4605 Pickett Park Hwy.

Jamestown, TN 38556

$17+ per night

Rock Island State Park: Rock Island, TN

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Rock Island State Park’s magnificent views along the Caney Fork Gorge below Great Falls Dam are some of the most majestic scenery in the region. Located below the cotton textile mill that it powered over 100 years ago, Great Falls issues forth a 30-foot cascade of flowing water in the shape of a horseshoe. Twenty campsites are available throughout the year for RVs and tents, and additional sites for tents only opens up annually from the late spring to the early fall.

Recent campers say: “Stayed at the cabins. Really nice place.” “A true gem and absolutely amazing.” “10 waterfalls.”

Rock Island State Park

82 Beach Rd.

Rock Island, TN 38581

$35+ per night

South Cumberland State Park: Monteagle, TN

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It’s no wonder that visitors flock annually to the trails of South Cumberland State Park. Along the 30,000-plus acreage of the park, visitors may find spots to swim, picnic and even spot some rare wildflowers. The visitor’s center is open regularly to guide guests with maps, interactive exhibits and friendly advice. This Tennessee state park is a must-visit for those ready to relax and enjoy some of the best views in Central Tennessee.

Recent campers say: “A beautiful park to camp and hike.” “Amazing spot.” “So many stunning views.”

South Cumberland State Park

7608, 11745 US-41

Monteagle, TN 37356

$9+ per night

Poole Knobs Campground: La Vergne, TN

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Located in the sprawling, rolling hills of Middle Tennessee, Poole Knobs Campground sits comfortably on J. Percy Priest Dam and Lake, which was one of the first Corps of Engineers lakes to have recreation as part of its mission. The campground is open annually from May to September, making it a prime summer vacation spot. A single group campsite can host up to 40 campers, for family reunions, work retreats or just plain fun with all a lot of friends. There are numerous activities to choose among on and around the campground, including swimming, fishing, hiking, hunting and canoeing. Located just 10 miles east of downtown Nashville, Poole Knobs Campground is an easy getaway that’s not too far from any modern conveniences.

Recent campers say: “One of the most beautiful campground sites I’ve ever been on.” “Very clean.” “Very well maintained.”

Poole Knobs Campground

493 Jones Mill Rd.

La Vergne, TN 37086

$28+ per night

Cages Bend Campground: Gallatin, TN

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Located on the shores of Old Hickory Lake, a 22,500-acre reservoir northeast of the Nashville metropolitan area, Cages Bend Campground offers campers the opportunity to retreat in peace with a scenic view. Popular activities include boating, swimming and bird watching. A pier is available for an easy and convenient boat launch. Two piers are available exclusively for fishing. Electric and water hookups are included for each campsite, making this a friendly spot for tents and RVs alike.

Recent campgrounds say: “Love this campground so much.” “A very nice campground right on the lake.” “I feel safe at this campground.”

Cages Bend Campground

1125 Benders Ferry Rd.

Gallatin, TN 37066

$30+ per night

Tims Ford State Park: Winchester, TN

Image by Melody GarciaTims Ford State Park is full of recreation for the outdoor enthusiast and golfer. Considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the state, Tims Ford Lake is popular for fishing and water activities, while the Bear Trace golf course at Tims Ford offers the combination of playability and challenge on its 18 holes. Hiking trails also meander the park for those who prefer to explore on foot. The park has two campgrounds for both RVs and tents, as well as 20 cabins.

Recent campers say: “I love this park! It has great hiking trails.” “Bathrooms greatly need updating.” “The park itself is very nice.”

Tims Ford State Park

570 Tims Ford Dr.

Winchester, TN 37398

Campsites: $25+ per night

Mousetail Landing State Park: Linden, TN

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Rumor has it that Mousetail Landing got its name during the Civil War period when a tanning company nearby was burned to the ground. Mice fled the burning factory in such droves that the area close by the park became known as Mousetail Landing. Today, the park serves as a fantastic spot to catch some fish, camp and hike along two trails available to guests. Campsites are available with hookups, as well as primitive spots for those interested. The pavilions are available for use with a fee.

Recent campers say: “This place is great!” “Highly recommend.” “Beautiful place to camp.”

Mousetail Landing State Park

3 Campground Rd.

Linden, TN 37096

$17+ per night

Bumpus Mills Campground: Bumpus Mills, TN

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While this might be one of the goofiest names for a campground on the list, the birdwatching opportunities at Bumpus Mills Campground do not play. Grab your binoculars and get ready to see some prime wildlife, including golden and bald eagles. In addition, hiking, fishing, swimming and boating are popular activities for campers. The beach access, hot showers, grills and picnic tables make this a great destination for some serious rest and relaxation time.

Recent campers say: “Very nice area to either camp or do a day trip.” “A quiet place for you to relax and unwind.” “One of the best campgrounds I’ve been to.” 

Bumpus Mills Campground

764 Forest Trail

Bumpus Mills, TN 37028

$24+ per night

Eastern Tennessee

Cumberland Mountain State Park: Crossville, TN

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Cumberland State Park is situated on what is said to be the largest timbered plateau in the country. The park was established in 1938 as part of the New Deal era, which helped relocate poverty-stricken citizens into small farms to help make ends meet. Centered around Byrd Lake, a man-made lake created in the 1930s, the park provides much entertainment in the way of activities. Visitors can swim in the lake, picnic and participate in various interpretive programs. The park also features a popular area restaurant and separate recreation hall that can accommodate up to 250 people. There are more than 140 spots throughout the park to camp, including sites for tents and RVs. In addition, spots are reserved on the overnight trail for backpackers.

Recent campers say: “It’s very serene.” “Day-of reservations available.” “Many cabins to choose from.”

Cumberland State Park

1125, 24 Office Dr.

Crossville, TN 38555

$35+ per night

Frozen Creek State Park: Wartburg, TN

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For the rugged and experienced camper, a visit to Frozen Creek State Park is a retreat to 24,000 acres of unspoiled forest. There are plenty of opportunities to view native wildlife on the 50 miles of backpacking and day-hiking trails. Twenty primitive camping spots are located throughout the park. In 2006, the park placed an observation deck at the summit of Frozen Head to replace an old fire tower. Hikers may traverse a gorgeous, seven-mile trail leading to the observation deck, which towers just over the tree line to allow for a 360-degree view of the surrounding terrain.

Recent campers say: “Absolutely loved this place.” “Visitor center is nice with clean bathrooms.” “Beautiful and well-maintained park.” 

Frozen Head State Park

3208, 964 Flat Fork Rd.

Wartburg, TN 37887

$17+ per night

Harrison Bay State Park: Harrison, TN

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Once ruled the last great Cherokee Chieftain, Harrison Bay State Park became one of the first Tennessee state parks in 1937. Today, the 1,200-acre park sees a myriad of guests looking to fish, hike, golf, camp and picnic throughout the year. Its marina facility is one of the most comprehensive around and allows all sorts of recreational water vehicles on the premises. The golf course was designed by famed pro golfer Jack Nicklaus, and is often noted as “the best natural piece of land for a golf course.” In addition, it has the distinction of being noted as one of the most environmentally friendly golf courses in the nation. Both primitive and RV camping are available on the grounds of Harrison State Park, with plenty of opportunities and ways to relax in the outdoors.

Recent campers say: “The best seat in the house.” “Great place for the family.” “Our site was a bit tight.”

Harrison Bay State Park

8411 Harrison Bay Rd.

Harrison, TN 37341

$28+ per night

tiny House Campground: McDonald, TN

Temporarily Closed

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Tiny is the name of the game at this quirky campground in McDonald, just 25 minutes from the sites of Chattanooga. RVs, campers and tents are welcome, but its tiny houses that get the most excitement around here. Any house on wheels is welcome to come chill at this fun and offbeat campground. Come for the experience, stay for the fire pits and great photo opportunities. Water, power, sewage and electric hookups are available. Enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of your own (tiny) home.

Recent campers say: “Had a great time in the tiny house.” “A cute little place.” 

Tiny House Campground

313 S Mc Donald Rd.

McDonald, TN 37353

Western Tennessee

Chickasaw State Park: Henderson, TN

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The 1,400 acres of land at Chickasaw State Park was named for the Chickasaw Native Americans who once inhabited Western Tennessee and Northern Mississippi. The state park is situated on some of the highest terrains in west Tennessee and was officially made a state park in 1955. It’s one of the few wrangler campgrounds designed for those traveling with horses; the park also has horses available for rent, and guided trail rides are available. There are classic cabins available with fireplaces to enjoy the coziness of a weekend away, as well as hook-up sites and tent camping.

Recent campers say: “We enjoyed our stay in Cabin 6.” “We really enjoyed our time here.” “Really pretty.”

Chickasaw State Park

4128, 20 Cabin Ln.

Henderson, TN 38340

$17+ per night

Natchez Trace State Park: Wildersville, TN

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Purchased under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal at the height of the Great Depression, today this campground hosts visitors from all over the state and country looking to participate in a myriad of outdoor activities. It’s named after the Natchez Trace, which was a series of paths connected with Native American trade and travel routes. Today, visitors enjoy swimming and fishing in the various lakes and streams located throughout the park, visiting the historical museum on the premises, hiking the many trails, and of course, camping in the 65 sites throughout the park.

Recent campers say: “Absolutely loved our stay in the cub lake cabins.” “Beautiful park.” “An awesome place to get away.” 

Natchez Trace State Park

24845 Natchez Trace Rd.

Wildersville, TN 38388

$9+ per night

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park: Eva, TN

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Named for a Confederate cavalry leader, this Tennessee state park is home to the Tennessee River Folklife Interpretive Center and Museum, which is positioned on one of the highest points in Western Tennessee. The cultural museum features the history of folks on the Tennessee River. Such skills as craft work and fishing are put on display for the public to learn more about the rich culture from the area. Several videos on park history, Civil War history and river life can also be viewed. Cabins and 37 campsites with electrical hookups are available for guests.

Recent campers say: “Like a mini slice of heaven.” “Nice campground although very small and well-kept.” “Incredible stay.”

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park

1825 Pilot Knob Rd.

Eva, TN 38333

$30+ per night

Paris Landing State Park: Buchanan, TN

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Paris Landing State Park is situated at the western shore of the Tennessee River and is an ideal spot for watersports and fishing. An Olympic-size swimming pool is also available to guests. In addition, the 841-acre state park features a challenging and exciting 18-hole golf course. There are plenty of opportunities to view gorgeous wildlife on multiple trails to hike. Cabins, the main campground with electric hookups and primitive camping available throughout the park.

Recent campers say: “Beautiful park with many different views.” “What a beautiful place.” “Love this state park.” 

Paris Landing State Park

16055 US-79

Buchanan, TN

$28+ per night

Pickwick Landing State Park: Counce, TN

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Located just south of the Pickwick Dam, Pickwick Landing State Park offers swimming, boating and fishing. It’s been a popular stop for steamboats since 1840. There are many events throughout the year in the park, including the Catfish World Championship Fishing Tournament and excellent fireworks every Fourth of July. In addition, visitors may enjoy a disc golf course, a traditional golf course, and hiking. An inn, cabins, full campsites with hookups, and primitive camping are available for guests of all levels of outdoor enthusiasm.

Recent campers say: “Great view and plenty of room.” “Clean.” “Great getaway.” 

Pickwick Landing State Park

116 State Park Lane

Counce, TN 38326

$9+ per night

Paris Landing/Kentucky Lake KOA: Buchanan, TN

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Conveniently located between Memphis and Nashville, this KOA campground is perfect for a relaxing weekend. It’s close to the natural wonders of Kentucky Lake. Offering sites for campers interested in a tent, RV and cabin camping, there’s something for everyone. Guests enjoy mini golf and disc golf on premises, as well as taking a swim in the pool. Up for a challenge? Try your hand at panning for treasure in the gem mine. Feel like taking in a bit of history at Fort Donelson National Battlefield? It’s nearby, too. There are plenty of entertainment options in both cities that are close to this relaxing oasis of a campground.

Recent campers say: “Beautiful park with many different views.” “Impressive from the moment you see it.” “Great place to enjoy the lakes.” 

Paris Landing/Kentucky Lake KOA

6290 East Antioch Rd.

Buchanan, TN 38222

$34.99+ per night

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