The RV parks in Tennessee are plentiful, and many of our nation’s very best RV resorts can be found in and around classic destinations like Memphis, Nashville, and much of the eastern portion of the state. Camping in Tennessee means something different depending upon where you are in the state. The RV sites in eastern Tennessee are dominated by the Appalachian range, the Great Smoky Mountains, and resort towns like Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Central Tennessee is a bastion of soul food and country music, with towns like Memphis, Murfreesboro, and Manchester all connected by Interstate 24 running through the middle of this skinny state. Out west, metro areas like Jackson and Memphis are rich with history and alive with contemporary cultural offerings for the whole family to enjoy.
Interstates 75 and 81 run between Chattanooga, to Knoxville, and on up to the Johnson City and Kingsport area at the northeastern tip of Tennessee, where it meets with Virginia and North Carolina. These major roads provide a kind of geographic border to the Appalachian foothills, and to prime camping destinations like Cherokee National Forest and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, easily one of our nation’s most-visited. These dense forests hide rivers, springs, and waterfalls perfect for keeping cool in the summer heat, and there are many miles of well-traveled hiking, biking, and horse trails running throughout the region. Many thousands of RV and camping enthusiasts make their way here each year, so it’s advisable to make reservations in advance!
Motor west from the Knoxville area and you’ll encounter the extensive waterways of Tennessee, and natural gems like Norris Lake, Chuck Swan State Forest, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Further south near Chattanooga are the ever-popular Fall Creek Falls State Park, Prentice Cooper State Forest, and Franklin State Forest. Just across the border in Georgia but still in the greater Chattanooga metro area is the Rock City Gardens where a dramatic vista and even more dramatic waterfall draw folks from all over the world with the chance to view seven states from its summit. Whether or not that’s actually possible is a matter of debate.
Nashville is a tourist and entertainment hub that can stand with any other major metropolis in the United States in terms of what it has to offer. Nashville has its own dang Parthenon. Check out the Grand Ole Opry or opt for a classic honky-tonk for a bit of boot-scooting. Those travelling with young folks can make their way to the Adventure Science Center or the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, while those travelling with history buffs would do well to explore one of the many area plantations. Western Tennessee RV parks are readily available around the major metros like Jackson and Memphis. Visitors to northwestern Tennessee can visit the Discovery Park of America in Union City; while just south of there is the Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge, Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center, and the Fort Pillow State Historic Park nestled along the mighty Mississippi River. The Memphis area is home to a fantastic Children’s Museum, amazing soul food, and plenty of musical and civil rights history to enrich the soul further.
Updated November 8, 2016.