Cherokee National Forest

Camping - Southern District
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Beach at Indian Boundary Campground (U.S. National Forest Campground Guide)
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Hiwassee Ranger District

Lost Creek Campground: Adjacent to Big Lost Creek. 15 sites. No RV hookups. Water is available from a handpump. No hot showers, flush toilets or phones. Directions: From Reliance, Tennessee, take State Rt. 30 south 1.6 miles to Lost Creek campground sign. Bear left at sign onto Forest Rt. 103 and go 7.2 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign into campground.

Quinn Springs: Near the Hiwassee River. 10 tent sites and 13 tent/RV sites. No RV hookups or dump facilities. Vault and flush toilets. No hot showers. Loop A has wheelchair friendly flush toilet. There are four water spigots; two are threaded. Directions: From Etowah, Tennessee, take US Rt. 411 south 6.3 miles to Quinn Springs campground sign (State Rt. 30). Turn left onto State Rt. 30 and go 1.6 miles to another campground sign. Turn right at sign into campground.

Ocoee Ranger District

Chilhowee: Accepts reservations. On 7-acre McKamey Lake (electric motors only.) Campground consists of six loops. Hiking trails: Benton Falls Trail, 1.5 miles; Azalea Trail 2 miles; Clear Creek Trail 5.4 miles; Arbutus, 0.7 miles. All trails within campground for hiking and mountain bikes. Site of Confederate Camp is 0.5 miles from campground.

Ten tent sites; 53 tent/RV sites. 63 Flush toilets, water spigots, cold showers, handicapped accessible. Directions: From Cleveland, Tennessee, at the intersection of State Rt. 60 (By-Pass) and US Rt. 64, take Rt. 64 east 14.9 miles to Chilhowee campground sign (FS Road 77). Turn left onto FS Road 77 and go 7.5 miles to another campground sign. Turn right at sign and go 0.5 miles to campground.

Parksville Lake: Adjacent to Rock Creek. Some sites overlook the creek. Campground is 10 miles west of Ocoee Whitewater Center (location of 1996 Olympic kayak and canoe competitions). Parksville Lake is 0.3 miles from campground. 16 tent/RV sites. No water hookups. 16 electric hookups. RV waste station. Flush toilets, hot showers. Three threaded water spigots. Directions: From Ducktown take US 64 west for 16.4 miles to campground sign (State Rt. 30). Turn right onto Rt. 30 and go 0.3 miles to another campground sign. Turn left into campground.

Thunder Rock: Adjacent to Ocoee River, one mile from Ocoee Whitewater Center. Popular camp for kayak and canoe enthusiasts. Sites are close together with minimal understory. Access to Thunder Rock Trail 305, 1.6 miles and Benton Mackaye trail network. Seven tent sites; 35 tent/RV sites. No RV hookups. Handpumps for water. No flush toilets or hot showers. Directions: From Ducktown, Tennessee, take US Rt. 64 west for 7.4 miles to campground sign (TVA Ocoee Powerhouse #3). Turn left at sign and proceed around powerhouse into the campground.

Tellico Ranger District

Big Oak Cove: Tent and RV sites, water, toilets, handicapped accessible. Directions: Take U.S. 411 south from Etowah for five miles. Turn east on Tennessee 30 to Reliance; cross bridge over Hiwassee River. Turn right; stay to the right, following signs to Appalachia Powerhouse on FS Road 108.

Davis Branch: Tent and RV sites, water spigots, toilets, handicapped accessible. Directions: Take Tennessee Scenic Route 165 east from Tellico Plains. Continue on 165 east at fork in road outside Tellico Plains. Turn right at signs to Bald River Falls (FS road 210) for 14 miles (seven miles past Bald River Falls.

Double Camp: Tent and RV sites, water spigots, toilets, handicapped accessible. Take Tennessee Scenic Route 165 east from Tellico Plains. Continue on 165 east at fork in road outside Tellico Plains for nine miles. Turn left on FS Road 345 to Indian Boundary. Bear right on FS Road 35-1 for four miles past Indian Boundary.

Holly Flats: Tents and RV sites, water spigots, toilets, handicapped accessible. Take Tennessee Scenic Route 165 east from Tellico Plains. Continue on 165 east at fork in road outside Tellico Plains. Turn right at signs to Bald River Falls (FS Road 210) for 13 miles (six miles past Bald River Falls) Turn right on first road past Green Cove (FS Road 126) for four miles.

Indian Boundary: Accepts reservations. Located on 96-acre Boundary Lake. The campground has a 3-mile hiking and biking trail. Wheelchair friendly fishing pier. Offers a developed section with electric hookups and a modern bathhouse with hot showers. A rustic area offers outdoor showers and fire rings made from local stone. There is one tent site and 91 tent/RV sites. Wheelchair accessible. Directions: In Tellico Plains, take State Rt. 165 east 13.2 miles to Indian Boundary campground sign (FS Road 345). Turn left onto FS Road 345 and go 1.3 miles to stop sign. Turn right and continue on FS Road 345 for 0.7 miles to campground entrance. Turn left into campground.

Jake Best: Tent and RV sites, fishing, toilets, handicapped accessible. Directions: Take Tennessee Scenic Route 165 east from Tellico Plains; continue on 165 east at fork in road outside Tellico Plains for nine miles. Turn left on FS Road 345 at signs to Indian Boundary; bear right on Forest Service Road 35-1 for six miles past Indian Boundary.

North River Campground: Adjacent to North River. Some sites overlook the river. North River is floatable at most of the year Ten tent sites. No flush toilets, no hot showers. Water spigot. Directions: From Tellico Plains, TN, take State Rt. 165 east 9.8 miles to the North River campground sign (Forest Rt. 217). Turn left onto Rt. 217 and go 2.7 miles to campground sign. Turn right into campground.

Spivey Cove: Near the Tellico River. Rustic campground with fire rings made from local stone. 12 tent sites, 2 combination tent/RV sites. Hand pump for water. Directions: From Tellico Plains, TN, take State Rt. 165 east 4 miles to Tellico Ranger Station sign (Forest Rt. 210). At sign, bear right (keeping river on right) onto Rt. 210 and go 12.9 miles to Spivey Cove campground sign. Turn left at sign into the campground.

State Line: Tent and RV sites, water, fishing, toilets, handicapped accessible. Directions: Take Tennessee Scenic Route 165 east from Tellico Plains; continue on 165 east at fork outside Tellico Plains. Turn right at signs to Bald River Falls (FS Road 210) for 16 miles (nine miles past Bald River Falls).

For more campground information on campgrounds see the US National Forest Campground Guide which contains detailed information on campsites in the Cherokee National forest.

Camping in the Northern District


Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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