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Camping in Tennessee

There’s no shortage of outdoor adventure and relaxation when you visit the Volunteer State. With 12 national parks and 56 state parks, Tennessee has experiences for everyone. The scenery looks like a postcard and feels like a playground - where every adventure and every turn dare you to come back for more!

What is the best season for camping in Tennessee?

Camping season in Tennessee typically runs from April - October. A good rule though is to wait until May so that the weather can work itself out. But don’t let that deter from fall camping (Sept / Oct) as many consider that prime time to avoid excessive crowds and unpredictable weather.

What are some must-do outdoor activities in Tennessee?

There are a wide variety of fun and adventurous things to do and sites to see in Tennessee! Rock climbing is wildly popular, especially at The Obed Wild and Scenic River where you can also look forward to kayaking, canoeing and fishing in some of the state’s most beautiful landscapes. And if waterfalls are your thing, welcome to paradise - Tennessee is a land of flowing water, including more than 500 waterfalls. The highest and possibly best-known waterfall in the state is Fall Creek Falls, which plunges 256 feet within the state park of the same name. Last but not least, Tennessee’s natural wonders extend below ground with more than 10,000 caves. Consider Craighead Caverns, a massive underground system near Sweetwater.

What are the top events and festivals in Tennessee?

Tennessee has an abundance of can’t miss festivals and events throughout the year. You won’t want to miss the Bloomin’ BBQ and Bluegrass Festival in Sevierville or the Wine over Water Festival in Chattanooga. And of course, the famous Bonnaroo Music Festival was essentially made for campers and RVers.

What are the best state and national parks to visit in Tennessee?

Fall Creek Falls State Park is located in the scenic Cumberland Plateau of Eastern Tennessee and is the place to visit if you're a nature lover. The 30,000-acre park has everything for visitors seeking natural beauty. Definitely pay a visit to Panther Creek State Park where you’ll get an eagle's-eye view of the surrounding Appalachian Mountains. And for lake lovers, Reelfoot Lake State Park is only a two-hour drive from Memphis. Go to Reelfoot to view birds (240 species) and admire the towering bald cypress trees where they perch above the shallow water. Meander easy hiking trails, rent a kayak or canoe and bliss out during a quiet paddle. Fifty species of fish may tempt anglers to cast a line.

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