Fish Trails Campground

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177 Robert Roark Lane, Laurel Bloomery, TN, 37680

To make a reservation: Call (423) 444-1545 or check our availability and "Book Now" by entering the dates you would like to come. 

Deep in the heart of Appalachia lies an amazing farm with a very interesting history where time seems to have stood still almost until we decided to acquire the property almost 5 years ago and developed it into a really neat camping resort.  Fish trails campground is very excited to offer several more camping options for the 2020 season.

Updates July 1, 2020: 

- We have just done the trail maintenance of most the trails that lead down into Laurel creek to some really epic fishing spots.

- The bathhouse construction is complete and the campers are just loving it and we do too because it’s built to commercial standards which means it’s easy for us to clean.🤗

- “Rv Campers” and “campers with trailers” there is a 2 night minimum.  Tent campers are restricted to a 2 week max stay in order to help reflect that this is a family orientated vacation style campground.  There is a 3 night minimum on holiday weekends and during special event weeks.

     This campground is located at the top of the new Laurel Creek Trail which is a new multi use trail similar to the iconic Creeper Trail, 4 miles south of here.  This area will be sure to meet and exceed all of your hiking, biking, and relaxation needs as we are located right in the middle of Recreational paradise, But yet offers easy and convent access to Damascus Virginia And everything the Tri-Cities Tn and Boone NC areas have to offer, which are all within a 30 to 40 minute drive from here.  Fish Trails offers private access to over 200 yards of stocked trout fishing that could arguably be some of the best fishin east of the Mississippi! The main campground area has a base elevation of ~2250’ and offers very comfortable year-round weather.,With the sunshine of the Tennessee side of the Smokies and next to no mosquitoes you will be sure to find yourself a very pleasant camping experience. 


Rates: starting at $35 daily .  Taxes and fees are not included. Rates subject to change. Most of park’s campsites are located near the bathhouse. We offer 12 sites in total for now, but some are larger and can accommodate between 2 to 8 tents each. The campground currently has 3 RV electric sites with water and electric hookups directly at them. All sites have access to clean potable spring water, Which is located directly in back of the guest registration/ shop building And comes out of a frost proof spigot.  All short-term nightly bookings are prorated for two people and each additional guest is $10.  There Is no sewer dump station in the campground yet, we are working on making a dump station for short term RVs to utilize when they leave on their way out, it should be available by july,  but for long-term Rv’s staying monthly we offer a couple sites that we have a rv sewer  pump that can be utalized to pump up to two different Septics. 

We offer 3 group sites, which will accommodate approximately 25 people each.  These sites may be reserved up to 12 months in advance And require a two night minimum.

Hike-in Sites

We are now offering a few hike-in sites with a gear delivery option for 50or you can even bring your own ATV or side-by-side to access these sites.  These sites are remote Leave No Trace pack in pack out style Tent camping sites, which are located about a 1/2 mile hike/utv style trail that rises up approximately 500’ feet in elevation Into peace and solitude situated high up above the main campground which consists of 32 acres of Pristine mountain land backing to the Cherokee National Forest.  Read more about these sites below and call to book.      


The clubhouse Construction is nearing completion and is   available for Campers to book starting July 3. It can be used as a bunkhouse or as a hotel style studio suite.  It is located next to the bathhouse and it has its own full private bathroom and kitchenette.  It can sleep 3 comfortably on cots or we can set up a queen sized inflatable raised bed and a cot.  Its nicely situated tucked hidden back in the woods just steps off the Laurel Creek and Trail, make sure to come checkthis place out for the 4th as we put on one heck of a firework show every year which rivals that of some of the bigger cities.  Call to make reservations, $100 nightly, 3 night minimum, $600 weekly

Policies & Disclaimer Parks Campground Wi-Fi Disclaimer

The Park offers Wi-Fi for your enjoyment. The signal strength may vary depending on the demand, your location and your computer. Our Wi-Fi is not intended for heavy use such as downloading movies, or inappropriate content but can be used to stream video. Should you abuse the system, your access will be blocked. Wi-Fi signal outages may occur from time to time due to weather or other technical difficulties. Fish Trails campground cannot guarantee continuity of free Wi-Fi service at all times. There is no cell phone signal here so you will need to enable Wi-Fi calling on phones with a guest password which will be provide you with after your booking, most sites have high-speed internet available Fast enough to stream Netflix!

Firewood Policy

We ask that ALL campfires be made with wood we offer or downed wood collected inside the park, . Please do not bringing wood into our park because of the pests that threaten Tennessee.  See what you can do to help prevent the introduction and spread of invasive pests, visit
To learn more about Don’t Move Firewood, visit Permits required to have fires November-May Which are available Online at unless fire has metal great over it.  FIREWOOD: $10 a day burn all you want or $5 for a nice size fire.

      So come Bring your RV or just pitch a tent for a truly amazing camping experience, weather you want to enjoy a peaceful time fly fishing, Or you’re looking for the ultimate hiking base camp or just want to relax and enjoy nature at its finest. All our campsites provide ample room and are spread out to allow for a better camping experience. RV electric sites, while not totally remote still offer a very beautiful setting.  Rv campers There’s a place to fill up with water when you pull in if you prefer a dispersed site WATER FOR RVs ON PRIMITIVE SITES: $5/40 gallons potable . 

Guest access:

     From the moment you enter the camp and go across the massive bridge that goes over laurel creek you will begin to feel the beauty and power of this property, that lies along a section of an old rail road bed directly off Tn hwy 91 ~2 miles South of the Virginia tn border. The campground is located adjacent to the new Laurel Creek Trail which is a federally funded rail trail conversion project that cost over $350,000 so far and is a park like setting from the campgrthe Virginia state line and is Destined to be extended directly into Damascus in the near future and will connect up with the famous Creeper trail! To access the trail from the 5th wheel head to the north end of the property, follow the gravel road up towards the bathhouse area you will see a trail that drops back down onto the old railroad Bed and then go about 50’ and your on the new trail. We are the only private property with direct access to this trail, if you go about 1/2 mile down the trail from here is a section of the legendary Boone Trail aka FS Butt Mountain trail which has been really improved upon recently and it goes all the way up to the Iron Range Trail which you can then hike directly into Damascus or all the way over to the infamous Backbone Rock even, this trail was The old Appalachian Trail Route before they made the new route the next Ridge west of here, this area offers a much more peaceful hiking experience and is really amazing given the mild climate we get here with abundant wildlife and next to no mosquitos this place is awesome!

     Other things to note about hike-in sites: 

 There are two different areas that we offer hike-in sites here, as there are two massive ridges that rise up directly in back of the lower campground, the north ridge requires a very difficult hike with no gear delivery availabile yet and is only available upon special requests for now.  The South Ridges #11 campsite while you will feel totally remote offers views Of the valley below and of Highway 91 which is like taking a trip into the past, where you’ll be able to see and hear the motorcycles and logging trucks rumble through, which really makes for a spectacle.You May want to consider renting machines through a local outfit in Mountain city who can deliver For a very reasonable prices And ride the trails at Doe Mountain off road park one day too.  

Leave No Trace sites-  Plan ahead and be prepare; Travel and camp on durable surfaces ; Dispose of waste properly; Leave what you find; Minimize campfire impact; Respect wildlife. Be curdious of other campers.

Cutting, chopping or damage of any kind to trees and plants, large or small, is strictly forbidden.

No removal of plants, trees or rocks.

Digging is not allowed.

Do not dismantle the rock fire rings.

Do not pour out candle wax.

Stay on marked trails.

Pick up your trash and dispose of it  properly in The large trash receptacle in front of the garage which is put outside dailey .






RV and Tent Campsites

Campsites available to small trailers and tent camping. There is a place to fill your water tank. Sites are shaded and private. Tent sites have a maximum 7 night stay. 

Options Starting Daily Starting Weekly Starting Monthly
RV Site - electric only $40.00 $300.00 $450.00 Choose Your Site
RV Site - no hookups $35.00 $300.00 $450.00 Choose Your Site
Fully Furnished Fifth Wheel

Long term rentals are welcome and appreciated! Maximum stay is 5 months, if you'd like to stay longer we can discuss it though!

Options Starting Daily Starting Weekly Starting Monthly
Fifth Wheel $125.00 $600.00 $800.00 Choose Your Site
Hike In Sites

H-10, H-11,: Sites:  Remote hike-in-tent sites are about 1/2 mile hike from the parking area.  Most sites have a fire ring, We offer Gear Delivery to the remote sites for a 25$ fee. Please call (423) 444-1545 or more info about availability.

Options Starting Daily Starting Weekly Starting Monthly
Hike In Sites $25.00 Choose Your Site

30 Amps

50 Amps


Cable Hookups

Community Fire Pit

Drinking Water

Hike / Bike Campsites


Water Hookups


20 Amps

Fire Pit

Back-in RV Sites


Community BBQ/Grill

Community Restrooms

Community Showers

Community Water Fountain

Fire Ring / Grill

Gasoline Nearby

Gravel Roads

Laundry Facilities

Pet Friendly

Pets Allowed

Pull-Thru RV Sites

RV Hookup


Slide Outs


Trash Service

Trek-in > 1.5m

100 Amps







Wildlife Viewing





Historic Sightseeing

Horseback Riding

Jet Skiing


Kayaking & Canoeing


Rock Climbing

Scenic Drives

White-Water Rafting

Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking

Family Friendly



Extended Stay


Pet Friendly

Remote Work Friendly


Tent Camping

National Forest

Conservation Area

Dept Fish and Wildlife

Dept Natural Resources

Wildlife Reserve

Overall Rating: 4.7

Thomas Cramer

We recently stayed at site#3 on the creek, in our Airstream Basecamp. There is no water or AC at this site, but our trailer is self-sufficient so no problem. There was a lot of rain, but the driveway and campsite are well maintained so it stayed very usable. It is a pleasant spot, but hopefully John (the owner) will move the storage trailer soon which will make the views even nicer. A little stream runs below the campsite into Laurel Creek making for a pristine little area there. John was working hard the entire time we were there (a 2 night stay), trying to finish his brand new bathhouse. Just below the bathhouse is access to the Laurel Creek Trail. A short walk on Laurel Creek leads to a U.S. Forest Service trail to Butt Mountain on the Iron Mountain Trail; this trail is steep but has some rewarding views and peaceful solitude. John seems enthusiastic about his plans to make this a really nice campground in the near future, and was extremely helpful. He has maintained a small pollinater garden, and a large wetland area next to Laurel Creek, which shows a reverence for the natural beauty of the area on this converted farm. There is free wi-fi access which worked all the way to our campsite (we streamed Netflix). We would definitely stay here again, and wish John well in his efforts to make this a really nice campground.


Pretty site - very friendly and accommodating land owner (John). A lot of investment is happening on this property - it’s sure to be even more amazing by spring/summer 2020. Definitely returning for more tent camping

John D.

This place is just awesome I can’t wait for the fiddlers convention here later this summer just down the road in Laurel bloomery

177 Robert Roark Lane, Laurel Bloomery, TN, 37680

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Sites R1-6: are Car accessible tent and Rv sites that are Dispersed sites for now, Site # 5 RVs can pump up to the  clubhouse septic and we have a generator over there you may use till we hook up the RV power to the new pole.  Most sites have a fire ring but no electric or water yet!

Sites E7-E9:  RV or Tent sites with power and water.  These sites have a fire rings near by.  If you are a tent camper who requires power, please let us know so we can be sure you are placed on a site that will best accommodate you.

H-10, H-11,: Sites:  Remote hike-in-tent sites are about 1/2 mile hike from the parking area.  Most sites have a fire ring, We offer Gear Delivery to the remote sites for a 25$ fee, But there are no toilets up there yet.

B-12, B-13,: Backpack-inn only sites.  They have a fire ring.  These sites require about A 30 minute hike over very difficult terrain.  

Fish trails camp is the perfect place to Come spend time not only for the camping but offers easy and convenient access to so much Not only Damascus Which has several new restaurants such as 7 trails which makes the most amazing wood fire pizza and bbq and has an outdoor dining area with a full bar.  But Then there’s the wicked chicken also on this side of town which is a favorite as they have full restaurant full bar with outdoor seating area and ice cream parlor.   And on the other side of Damascus make sure to check out the old mill restaurant.  Pizza plus in Damascus will deliver here to the campground.

 Mountain City Tennessee is approximate 10 mile drive and has really grown in the last few years with many restaurant and grocery options along with Many drive through dinning options.  

Abingdon Virginia which is ~20 minute drive has the legendary Barter Theatre which is the countries oldest  continuing operating theater, but due to COVID-19 has been shut down but just bought the old drive-in theater and it will be sure to be a big hit this summer!  Many good dining options  in Abington to, along with a new Walmart shopping center,  Lowe’s home improvement and a brand new hospital.

 We are located closely in between two amazing large lakes Wautaga and Holston lake which both offer boat, Jet-ski, canoe, and kayak Rentals  at some of the nicest marinas with full service restaurants, We especially like Holston lake.

At most of our sites you don’t even really need air conditioning here in the summer as this place is the perfect spot for year round RV living , oddly not Even Northern Maine or Michigan has cooler more comfortable weather in the summer than we get here! In the 5 years we have been developing the property I have never even really had to shovel snow as the area only average ~12 inches a year hear because the property lies in a big bowl surrounded by huge mountains and storms seem to go one way or the other around us or even blow right over us, also no tornadoes have ever hit here to my knowledge  so that’s just a huge bonus Not to mention the clubhouse and bathhouse are basically built like tornado shelters 😁! We think it’s much better visiting the Tennesse side of the smokies than North Carolina cause just a couple miles from her as they get three times more rain and snow, but we still have the nice cool summer weather That Appalachia provides. we are only 30 minutes from Bristol motor Speedway so make sure to book in advance for Race weeks Which go on during the summer months! 

Length of stay

Most campers are restricted to a five month max stay And are welcome to come April 1 through November 1. campers with trailers have a 2 night minimum & Tent campers are restricted to a 2 week max stay to help reflect that this is a Family orientated vacation destination Campground And nobody is allowed to sleep in cars here.

Cancelation policy

If a cancellation is made prior to 7 days of the scheduled check-in date, a refund will be issued minus a $20 processing fee. The guest is responsible for the full amount of the reservation 7 days prior to the scheduled arrival date. GROUP CAMPING     The cancellation policy for groups reserving 3 or more sites is 30 days and require a 50% non refundable deposit. Reservations a month or more in length- The cancellation period for reservations is 30 days and require a 50% non refundable deposit.

Guest registration

All Guest must register upon arrival at the Guest registration building and adults must show a valid government issued picture ID at Check-in And everyone must sign a waiver policy and children will not be admitted into the park unless both parents have signed it. By making a reservation at Fish Trails Camp, guests agree to abide by all rules and policies of Fish Trails Camp. Fish Trails Camp reserves the right to move your reservation to a different site when deemed necessary by management. Quiet Hours The quiet time is from 12:00 midnight to 6:00 AM. Campfire Policy All campfires must be contained, and A good rule of thumb is a rock circle around the perimiter which some sights already have or you may make one with the abundent rock around if we agree on a spot. Burn permits required November- May at, Unless fire is covered with a steal mesh cover All acts of vandalism are prohibited and will be prosecuted to the full list extent of the law.

Pet policy

Pets on a leash are welcome. Please let us know if you are bringing your pet when you make your reservation. Please remember that you are responsible for your pet and we ask that you clean up after you pet. Additional fees may be charged for damage or if additional cleaning is required.

Check in

A valid credit card is required to check in to the campground, but guests may use cash or credit card at check-out to settle their bill.

RV restrictions

RVs should be somewhat limited in length to probably 25’ tow behind and 34’ foot 5th wheel’s and maybe a 30’ foot motor home.