tva logoTennessee Valley Authority

Camping and Recreation Areas

TVA's 2014 Camping Season Is Now Closed—But Will Open Again in Mid-March 2015.

TVA operates more than 80 public recreation areas throughout the TVA region. In addition to 6 seasonal campgrounds, our day-use areas offer boat ramps, swim beaches, walking trails, fishing access, picnic pavilions, and more. TVA's day-use recreation areas located on dam reservations remain open year-round.

Read the developed recreation area rules for TVA campgrounds and day-use areas before your visit. Amenities and directions to our campgrounds and day use-areas for each reservoir can be found below. A matrix is also provided that lists many recreation opportunities around each reservoir and includes marinas and privately operated campgrounds.

TVA's Seasonal Campgrounds

  1. Watauga Dam Campground near Elizabethton, TN
  2. Cherokee Dam Campground in Jefferson City, TN
  3. Douglas Dam Tailwater near Sevierville, TN
  4. Douglas Dam Headwater Campgrounds near Sevierville, TN
  5. Melton Hill Dam Campground near Lenoir City, TN
  6. Pickwick Dam Campground near Savannah, TN

There are a total of 355 campsites among the six campgrounds; campsites are available on a first come - first serve basis. Reservations cannot be made at TVA campgrounds. There are tent-only sites and sites that accommodate RVs with partial and full hook-ups. Rules and regulations, including length of stay, camping fees, and campground maps are posted in each campground.

The 2015 TVA campground season will run from mid-March through mid-November for all campgrounds. Check back for specific dates.

Camping Fees

Daily fees for tent-only campsites:

  • $10 per night for a basic tent-only campsite at Douglas Dam Headwater, Douglas Dam Tailwater, Melton Hill Dam, and Pickwick Dam Campgrounds.
  • $12 per night for a tent campsite with electricity at Cherokee Dam and Watauga Dam Campgrounds.

Daily fees for standard campsites:

  • $17 per night for a basic campsite at Melton Hill Dam Campground only
  • $22 per night for a campsite with water and electric – Available at all 6 campgrounds
  • $26 per night for a campsite with water, sewer, and electric hookups at Watauga Dam and Melton Hill Dam Campgrounds only

Long-term fees at Cherokee Dam Campground are $330 per month for sites with water and electric hookups. Long-term seasonal campsites are initially assigned through a lottery process at the start of the camping season. No waterfront or accessible campsites within Cherokee Campground are available for seasonal rental. Federal discount cards do not apply to long-term campsite fees.

Picnic Pavilions

TVA offers group picnic pavilions at some of its recreation sites. Pavilion use is free of charge and is available on a first-come basis each day.

Boone Reservoir

Cherokee Reservoir

Chickamauga Reservoir

Douglas Reservoir

Fontana Reservoir

Foster Falls

Guntersville Reservoir

Hiwassee Reservoir

Melton Hill Reservoir

Nickajack Reservoir

Normandy Reservoir

Norris Reservoir

Pickwick Reservoir

Tellico Reservoir

Watts Bar Reservoir

Watauga Reservoir

Wheeler Reservoir

Wilson Reservoir

Boone Reservoir

Group Pavilion

This pavilion has the following amenities: one electrical outlet with two plug-ins, no lighting under the pavilion, eight tables that will seat 50 people, three charcoal grills, handicap accessible, restrooms nearby (about 100 feet), near the beach area, not near a boat ramp, paved parking lot, drinking water is furnished, and there is no equipment for activities such as horseshoes, volleyball, etc.

Interstate 81 to exit 59 (Fort Henry Drive, Highway 36). Take Highway 36 south to its intersection with Highway 75. Turn left onto Highway 75, toward the Tri-Cities Airport. Go approximately one mile, cross the Holston River and turn right at the Reservoir sign.

Read more information on recreation facilities at Boone Reservoir.

top of page

Cherokee Reservoir

Cherokee Dam Campground

This is a self-service campground. (800) 882-5263.

Forty-two campsites with water and electric hookups, restrooms with heated showers and flush toilets, dump station, children’s play equipment, picnic tables and grills, swimming beach, boat ramps above dam and below dam, lake and river fishing, paved walking trail, bird-watching

Group Pavilion

2805 North Highway 92
Jefferson City, TN 37760

This pavilion has the following amenities: one electrical outlet with two plug-ins, there is no lighting under the pavilion, 10 tables that will seat 50 people, one large charcoal grill, handicap accessible, restrooms nearby (about 1100 feet), near the beach area and boat ramp, paved parking lot, water is furnished, there are horseshoes and stakes, no other equipment for activities such as volleyball, badminton, etc.

From Jefferson City, Tenn., go 1.5 miles west on US 11E, then follow signs 4.5 miles north to Cherokee Dam Reservation.

Read more information on recreation facilities at Cherokee Reservoir.

top of page

Chickamauga Reservoir

Group Pavilion

This pavilion has the following amenities: one electrical outlet with two plug-ins, lighting under the pavilion, eight tables that will seat 64 people, three charcoal grills, handicap accessible, restrooms near by (about 150 feet), within walking distance of the beach area and boat ramp, paved parking lot, water is furnished, and there is no equipment for activities such as horseshoes, volleyball, etc.

From I-75, take exit 4, Highway 153. Take exit 6, Amnicola Highway and follow the signs to Chickamauga Lake.

Read more information on recreation facilities at Chickamauga Reservoir.

top of page

Douglas Reservoir

Douglas Dam Headwater Campground

This is a self-service campground (800) 882-5263. Sixty-five campsites, 61 with water and electric hookup and two handicapped-accessible sites. Restrooms with heated showers and flush toilets, dump station, picnic tables, swimming beach, boat ramp, walking trail, wildlife viewing area, bird-watching.

Trotter Bluff Small Wild Area features walking trails through 30 acres of mature hardwood forest, limestone sinkholes, spring wildflowers and vistas of the dam and tailwaters.

1680 Boat Launch Road
Sevierville, TN 37876

Near Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg, Tenn. From Interstate 40 take exit 407. Go south on Highway 66 then 3.5 miles east on Highway 139, then 2.5 miles south on Highway 338, then follow signs 1 mile north to campground.

Douglas Dam Tailwater Campground

This is a self-service campground (800) 882-5263. Sixty-two campsites with water and electric hookups and two handicapped-accessible sites. Restrooms with heated showers and flush toilets, dump station, children’s play equipment, picnic tables and grills, boat ramp, river fishing with fishing pier, bait and tackle shop, wildlife viewing area, bird-watching

829 Riverview Way
Sevierville, TN 37876

Near Sevierville and Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg, Tenn. From Interstate 40 take exit 407. Go south on Highway 66, then 3.5 miles east on Highway 139, then 0.5 miles south on Highway 338 to campground.

Group Pavilion

This pavilion has the following amenities: one electrical outlet with two plug-ins, no lighting under the pavilion but there is lighting on the outside of pavilion, 10 tables that will seat 60 people and there is stadium seating outside the pavilion that will seat 200, one large covered charcoal grill and one large uncovered grill, handicapped-accessible, restrooms nearby (about 300 feet), not near the beach area or boat ramp, paved parking lot, water is furnished, and there is no equipment for activities such as horseshoes, volleyball, etc.

From Interstate 40 take exit 407. Go south on Highway 66, then 3.5 miles east on Highway 139, then 0.5 miles south on Highway 338 to the pavilion.

View a map of the campground at Douglas Reservoir.

Read more information on recreation facilities at Douglas Reservoir.

top of page

Fontana Reservoir

Group Pavilion

This pavilion has the following amenities: one electrical outlet with two plug-ins, handrails under the pavilion have lights, six tables that will seat 36 people, one double charcoal grill and one small grill, handicapped-accessible, restrooms nearby (about 150 yards), not near the beach area, boat ramp is about one mile away, paved parking lot, water is furnished, and there is no equipment for activities such as horseshoes, volleyball, etc.

From Bryson City, N.C., take Highway 19/74 south to Highway 28 East, follow signs to Fontana Dam.

From Knoxville, Tenn., take Highway 129 south from Knoxville to Maryville. Just past Maryville, Highway 129 turns left off the four-lane highway. Caution: Part of this road is a twisty mountain road! Just past the Tennessee/North Carolina state line, turn left on Highway 28 for nine miles. Turn left and follow the signs to the dam.

Read more information on recreation facilities at Fontana Reservoir.

top of page

Foster Falls

Foster Falls Campground

Foster Falls Small Wild Area centers on a 60-foot waterfall, visible from sandstone overlooks and surrounded by 178 acres of lush flora, including mountain laurel, azalea and hemlock. A new handicapped-accessible trail to an overlook has been added.

Foster Falls Day Use Area including a parking lot, pavilion, and portable restrooms is open year round. Many hiking trails and the Foster Falls waterfall are accessible from the day use area. The campground and associated bath house adjacent to the day use area are no longer in operation.

498 Foster Road
Sequatchie, TN 37374

From Tracy City, Tenn., go 5 miles east on Highway 150/US 41 to the campground.

Group Pavilion

This pavilion has the following amenities: one electrical outlet with two plug-ins, no lighting under the pavilion, six tables that will seat 75 people, one large charcoal grill and two small grills, handicapped-accessible, restrooms nearby (about 25 yards), paved parking lot, water is furnished, there is a ball field but no other activities such as horseshoes, volleyball, etc.

From Tracy City, Tenn., go 5 miles east on Highway 150/US 41 to the pavilion.

top of page

Guntersville Reservoir

Group Pavilion

This pavilion has the following amenities: one electrical outlet with two plug-ins, lighting under the pavilion, 17 tables that will seat 158 people, three charcoal grills, handicapped-accessible, no restrooms, not near the beach area, near the boat ramp, paved parking lot, water is furnished, and there is no equipment for activities such as horseshoes, volleyball, etc.

From Guntersville: Go north on Highway 431 approximately 15 miles and turn left at the Guntersville Dam sign after crossing the Houston Bridge. Go approximately two miles and the pavilion will be located on the left.

Read more information on recreation facilities at Guntersville Reservoir.

top of page

Hiwassee Reservoir

Group Pavilion

This pavilion has the following amenities: no electrical outlets, no lighting under the pavilion, six tables that will seat 40 people, three charcoal grills, handicapped-accessible, restrooms nearby (about 50 yards), not near the boat ramp, paved parking lot, water is furnished, and there is no equipment for activities such as horseshoes, volleyball, etc.

Take SR 294 northwest from Highway 64. Stay on 294 past Hiwassee Dam School. Turn right onto Hiwassee Dam Access Road after crossing the bridge (historic marker can be seen at this intersection). Stay on the access road across the dam, then turn right into the Hiwassee Dam overlook area.

Read more information on recreation facilities at Hiwassee Reservoir.

top of page

Melton Hill Reservoir

Melton Hill Dam Campground

Melton Hill is the site of TVA's new sustainable recreation area. Read more.

This is a self-service campground. (800) 882-5263. There are 57 campsites, 33 with water and electric hookups; eight with water, electric and sewer service; three handicapped-accessible sites with water, electric and sewer service; and 13 without hookups, nine of which are tent sites.  This campground also has restrooms with heated showers and flush toilets, dump station, multipurpose court, picnic tables with grills, swimming beach, boat ramps above and below the dam, lake fishing, bird-watching.

Melton Hill Dam Reservation Trail descends 0.9 miles from the dam overlook to the lakeshore through a hardwood forest filled with wildflowers and diverse wildlife.

Group Pavilion

These pavilions have the following amenities: one electrical outlet with two plug-ins at three pavilions, pavilion #4 has 4 outlets with two plug-ins; no lighting under the pavilions but the streetlights provide light, six tables that will seat 48 people at three pavilions, pavilion #4 has five tables that will seat 40 people; one large charcoal grill at pavilions #1, #2 and #3; pavilion #2 is handicapped-accessible, restrooms nearby (about 300 feet at pavilions #1 and #2 and about 50 feet at pavilion #3 and #4), #3 and #4 are the only pavilions near the beach area and boat ramp, paved parking lot, water is furnished at pavilions #1 and #2 (about 20 feet away), no water provided at pavilion #3 and #4, pavilions #3 and #4 have a basketball goal, and there is no other equipment for activities at the pavilions.

From Interstate 40 take exit 364, go two miles north on Highway 95, then follow signs east to Melton Hill Dam Reservation.

From Interstate 40 take exit 364 (HWY 321/95), go 3/4 mile north on Highway 95 and turn right onto Melton Hill Dam Road. Go approximately 2 miles to campground on the left.

From Interstate 75 take exit 81 (HWY 321), go north on 321 for about 5 miles, drive under Interstate 40, continue north on Highway 95 for 3/4 mile and turn right onto Melton Hill Dam Road. Go approximately 2 miles to campground on the left.

GPS coordinates for the main entrance on Highway 95 are
Latitude - 35.885429 and Longitude 84.325025

Read more information on recreation facilities at Melton Hill Reservoir.

top of page

Nickajack Reservoir

Group Pavilion

This pavilion and gazebo has the following amenities: one electrical outlet with two plug-ins at each, lighting under the pavilion and gazebo, tables that will seat 50 people, three charcoal grills, handicapped-accessible, restrooms nearby (about 300 feet), near the beach area and boat ramp, paved parking lot, water is furnished, and there is no equipment for activities such as horseshoes, volleyball, etc.

From I-24 west, exit 158. Follow signs to Nickajack Dam Reservation/Shellmound Campground. The pavilion is adjacent to Shellmound Campground.

Read more information on recreation facilities at Nickajack Reservoir.

top of page

Normandy Reservoir

Barton Springs Campground and Pavilion

Barton Springs Campground and Day Use Area are now operated by Recreation Resource Management, Inc. (RRM).  For more information about the operational schedule and rates for the Day Use Area and Campground, including reservations, please visit the RRM website http://camprrm.com/ or contact Leland & Linda Willis, llwillis@camprrm.com, (931) 857-3777.

The Barton Springs boat ramp will be operated separately by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

Cedar Point Campground and Pavilion

Cedar Point Campground, Day Use Area, and Boat Ramp are now operated by Recreation Resource Management, Inc. (RRM).  For more information about the operational schedule and rates for the Day Use Area, Boat Ramp, and Campground, including reservations, please visit the RRM website http://camprrm.com/ or contact Leland & Linda Willis, llwillis@camprrm.com, (931) 857-3777.

Read more information on recreation facilities at Normandy Reservoir.

top of page

Norris Reservoir

 

Hemlock Bluff National Recreation Trail, named for the prominence of hemlocks in the hardwood forest that the trail traverses, is a seven-mile loop along the steep ridges and bluffs of Norris Reservoir.

730 Loyston Point Road
Andersonville, TN 37705

Near Norris, Tenn. From junction of US 441 and Highway 61, go two miles east on Highway 61, then 3.5 miles north on Park Road, then 0.5 miles east on Boy Scout Road, then follow signs for 2.5 miles on Loyston Point Road.

Group Pavilion

This pavilion has the following amenities: one electrical outlet with two plug-ins, lighting under the pavilion, six tables that will seat 50 people, one large charcoal grill, handicapped-accessible, restrooms are about one-half mile away, not near the boat ramp, graveled parking lot, no water is furnished, and there is no equipment for activities such as horseshoes, volleyball, etc.

From I-75, take exit 122. Take 61 east, then 441 west to Norris Dam.

Loyston Point Campground

Loyston Point Campground and Day Use Area are now operated by Recreation Resource Management, Inc. (RRM).  For more information about the operational schedule and rates for the Day Use Area and Campground, including reservations, please visit the RRM website http://camprrm.com/ or contact Jeff and Gail Edwards, edwards@camprrm.com, (785) 312-0906.

The Loyston Point boat ramp will be operated separately by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

Read more information on recreation facilities at Norris Reservoir.

top of page

Pickwick Reservoir

Pickwick Dam Tailwater Campground

This is a self-service campground. (800) 882-5263. One hundred campsites, 92 with water and electric hookups. Restrooms with heated showers and flush toilets, dump station, picnic tables and grills, boat ramp below dam, tailwater bank fishing, bird-watching.

1845 Wharf Road,
Savannah, TN  38372

Near Counce, Tenn. From junction of Highway 57 and Highway 128, go 1.5 miles north on Highway 128 across dam, then west below dam.

View a map of the campground at Pickwick Reservoir.

Read more information on recreation facilities at Pickwick Reservoir.

top of page

Tellico Reservoir

Group Pavilion

This pavilion has the following amenities: one electrical outlet with two plug-ins, no lighting under the pavilion, eight tables that will seat 48 people, two charcoal grills, handicapped-accessible, restrooms nearby (about 40 feet), near the beach area and boat ramp, paved parking lot, water is furnished, and there is no equipment for activities such as horseshoes, volleyball, etc.

From Lenoir City, Tenn., take Highway 321 south, over Fort Loudoun Dam to Highway 444 (Tellico Parkway). Follow signs to pavilion.

Read more information on recreation facilities at Tellico Reservoir.

top of page

Watauga Reservoir

Watauga Dam Tailwater Campground

This is a self-service campground. (423) 542-3533. Recreation opportunities: 29 camp sites with electric hookups. Restrooms with heated showers and flush toilets, dump station, picnic tables and grills, canoe access, boat ramps above and below dam, lake and river fishing, hiking trail, walking trail, wildlife viewing area, bird-watching.

The Appalachian Trail crosses Watauga Dam.

744 Wilbur Dam Road
Elizabethton, TN 37643

From Elizabethton, Tenn., take US 19E north 0.1 miles to Highway 91, then take Highway 91 three miles to Siam Road. Turn right onto Siam Road and follow signs to Watauga Dam Reservation.

We have temporarily closed the tent camping only area of the Watauga Dam Campground. At this time, tent camping is prohibited throughout the campground. RV camper is allowed. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Read more information on recreation facilities at Watauga Reservoir.

top of page

Watts Bar Reservoir

Group Pavilion

This pavilion has the following amenities: one electrical outlet with two plug-ins, lighting under the pavilion, 11 tables that will seat 100 people, three charcoal grills, handicapped-accessible, restrooms nearby (about 150 feet), near the beach area and boat ramp, paved parking lot, water is furnished, there is a basketball goal but no other equipment for activities such as horseshoes, volleyball, etc.

From Spring City, Tenn., take Highway 29 south to Highway 68 East. Follow signs to the dam.

Read more information on recreation facilities at Watts Bar Reservoir.

top of page

Wheeler Reservoir

Mallard Creek Campground and Pavilion

Mallard Creek Campground, Day Use Area, and Boat Ramp are now operated by Drake Enterprises, LLC as a franchise of Kampgrounds of America (KOA).  For more information about the operational schedule and rates for the Day Use Area, Boat Ramp, and Campground, including reservations, contact Drake Enterprises at 256-280-4390.

Read more information on recreation facilities at Wheeler Reservoir.

top of page

Wilson Reservoir

Old First Quarters Small Wild Area, comprising 25 acres, was set aside to preserve natural and cultural features, including a rich array of spring wildflowers, woodland birds and structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Reservation Road
Muscle Shoals, AL 35633

Near Muscle Shoals, Ala. From south side of Wilson Dam, go 2 miles west on Highway 133 (TVA Reservation Road), and right on Thunder Road (follow signs to trailhead parking).

Group Pavilion

This pavilion has the following amenities: no electrical outlets, no lighting under the pavilion, three tables that will seat 18 people, one large charcoal grill, not handicapped accessible, restrooms nearby (at each end of the pavilion), not near the beach area or boat ramp, paved parking lot, water is furnished in the restrooms, and there is no equipment for activities such as horseshoes, volleyball, etc.

From US 72 in Florence, Ala., take Highway 133 south and cross Wilson Dam. About 2 miles after you cross the dam, turn right into the CCC pavilion area.

Read more information on recreation facilities at Wilson Reservoir.

top of page

Recreation Map

Our map viewer provides three distinct views for lake recreation areas, as well as GPS coordinates and directions to recreation areas and facilities across the Tennessee Valley.

See the map now.

 

Request for Proposals - TVA Recreation Areas

When commercial recreation facilities on TVA Reservoirs become available, TVA will seek proposals from interested entities to operate, under a contractual agreement. For more information about available facilities, please see the full site descriptions and application process.

 

Campground information

Senior Pass, Access Pass, Golden Age Passport or Golden Access Passport holders receive a 50 percent discount. For more information, see the Federal Recreation Pass Programs site.

 

           
Content for id "future1" Goes Here
Content for id "future2" Goes Here
Content for id "future3" Goes Here