NOTICE: Our campgrounds will close for the season on Nov. 15, 2015 for the winter, and re-open in mid-March 2016. The day-use facilities—such s picnic areas, hiking trails and fishing berms—will remain open for public use throughout the winter.


Amenities provided by Mother Nature…and TVA.

If you want to be surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the Southeastern United States, plan a stay with TVA. TVA offers hundreds of campsites among its six dam reservoir campgrounds, available from mid-March to mid-November. Fees range from $10 per night for a tent-only campsite to $27 a night for a lakeside campsite with water, sewer and electric hookups.

All six campgrounds are now managed by Recreation Resource Management (RRM) under a concessionaire agreement with TVA. This has allowed an expansion of services that includes new campground stores, wireless access, an online reservation system, improved grounds upkeep and more.

Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find at the campgrounds to help you make memories that will last forever:

  • Watauga Campground near Elizabethton, Tenn.: The Appalachian Trail intersects with trails here, making for some truly world class hiking. map | rates
  • Cherokee Dam Campground near Jefferson City, Tenn.: With a picnic pavilion, basketball court and children’s playground, this is a terrific meeting place for a family reunion. map | rates
  • Douglas Dam Headwater and Tailwater Campgrounds near Sevierville, Tenn.: Multiple boat ramps offer easy access to some of the Valley’s best bass fishing. Tailwater Campground map | rates; Headwater Campground map | ratesdriving directions
  • Pickwick Dam Campground near Savannah, Tenn.: The shore fishing is excellent here, and a fishing berm helps fishermen take the hooks to the fish. map | rates
  • Melton Hill Campground near Lenoir City, Tenn.: High-tech energy efficiency facilities meet a beautiful natural setting at this TVA demonstration property. map | rates | driving directions
    Read more about the unique facilities at Melton Hill Campground

Fees, Reservations and Other Information

Beginning in 2015, the length of stay is limited to 21 days during the high season (May 1 to Sept 30) and 30 days in the off-season (Oct 1 to April 30, excluding closure dates).

The new nightly rate structure is as follows:

Base Rate
Upgraded Amenities
    Electricity Water Sewer Waterfront / Premium Lot
RV sites  $14 + $6 + $3 + $2 + $2
Tent $10 + $2 + $1 + $1 + $2

Other information—including opening and closing dates, rules and reservation details—can be found on Recreation Resource Management’s website:

Campground Rules

Learn about what’s okay and what’s prohibited before you go to ensure you have a blissful, happy experience camping in the great outdoors. Everyone stays well and plays well when they follow some basic rules for keeping the peace on TVA’s recreation areas and campgrounds.

Campground rules and regulations

Rules for TVA day-use areas and picnic pavilions

Want to Rough It?

You can camp in the wild—sans facilities—on undeveloped TVA public lands. Learn more about recreational opportunities on these lands.


Be a Campground Host

Campground hosts live on site in their own tents or RVs and are responsible for greeting guests, collecting fees, keeping a log of attendance and revenues, helping guests solve problems, cleaning and light maintenance work. Apply Now.


Give Camping a Pass

TVA campgrounds honor America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes and Senior Passes, which provide a 50 percent discount on camping fees. Learn more about these programs in more detail and buy your pass online at the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass website.


Burn Local

Camping with firewood is a traditional way of enjoying the outdoors. However, moving firewood from county to county can spread pest infections that kill trees. To prevent the spread of these destructive pests, TVA recommends buying firewood that was cut locally, preferably within the same county where it will be burned.