Tennessee is a hidden gem for camping in the autumn season. Leaves change here in late October, so make plans now for an end-of-the-season camping getaway. Here are six diverse and beautiful campsites across Tennessee. Whether you’re looking for a rustic backcountry site, a luxurious and fully-equipped glamping site, or something in between, this list will have options for every type of camper.
In the foothills of the famous Cherokee National Forest sits a wonderful little spot called the Olde English Farm. With two large canvas tents on platforms, and 90 acres to roam, this is an excellent glamping basecamp. The acreage includes creeks and a fishing pond.
The forest is a great place to see wildlife, such as snakes, bears, coyotes and raccoons. Guests are cautioned to keep food in tightly sealed containers and/or coolers. The pond is for viewing and no hunting is allowed here, but your privacy will always be respected. Tents come with additional information, including local brochures along with a walkie-talkie for emergency communication with the camp keeper. Each tent has a queen size bed, plus the site is fully stocked with everything you need to cook and shower outdoors.
Next, for some truly comfy glamping, we recommend The Puma at Camp Chet. This cozy RV is located in a pristine forest and can accommodate 2 adults and a child. The full-size mattress sits next to a convertible table/bed. There is also plenty of room to bring other RV’s or tents, for a small fee. The Puma is adjacent to a waterfall that spouts after rains. It’s just a quick walk to a picnic table, grill, and a composting toilet outhouse (shared between cabins). Plus, there’s a pavilion that is great for meals or lying in a sheltered hammock. The caretakers ask that campers be mindful and respectful of the previous caretakers of this land, as well as the small cemeteries found onsite.
Cove Creek Bluff is a backcountry site, which is not far from the Chattanooga city center. Near a cascading waterfall, the sunrise views are spectacular. The area offers a self-guided tour of the farm where Cove Creek sits. Guided tours are also available upon request. One important note is that if the gates are closed, you may enter, but please make sure to close the gate after passing through. Pets are allowed here, but they must remain on a leash whenever they’re around farm animals. This is a quiet, low-key, affordable getaway and perfect for waterfall lovers!
Back to the glamping. You’ll find Whooping Crane Farm to have one of the prettiest tent sites on this (or any) list of Tennessee camping spots. A large canvas platform tent sits right beside a pond: welcome to Bells Bend, Nashville’s “green lung.” This campsite is situated along the Cumberland River, on 115 acres of river bottomland that has been in one family for nearly a century. Swimming and hunting are not allowed, and any pets must be left at home, as this is a working farm. The camp toilet and sun shower are conveniently located nearby, and the queen bed makes for a cozy night’s sleep. This area is sublime, and yet so close to the big city!
Next on the list of terrific Tennessee getaways is Cove Creek Forest. All the usual Tentrr amenities can be found here: queen size bed in a large tent, a grill for cooking, and picnic table for meals. This private campsite is nestled in the woods near the road, which makes carrying any equipment easy and convenient. Hiking trails on the property abound, so campers can enjoy the lovely fall Tennessee scenery. Like some of our other sites, this is a farm, so pets must be on a leash whenever they are around the farm animals.
You are in for a treat at The Pepoon at Camp Chet, a fabulous 650 acres of private forest. This is one of Tentrr’s “Partner Sites”. All that means is that it’s a privately-owned glamping site with even more modern amenities than our other Tentrr sites. Parking is close and convenient, plus the site itself is large enough to accommodate up to 14 campers at once. The area is also pet friendly.
Much more than camping, this site offers small cabins with outhouses, full-sized beds, and even a cornhole set to play. ATV tours are available and guests can rent a hammock for a small fee. Guests can spend the day exploring the area’s coal mines (safety first), or just take it easy and kick your feet up in one of the comfy mini-cabins.