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Middle Tennessee offers some of the most amazing locations for camping in the US. From opportunities for hiking to cliff diving, there’s a lot for camping enthusiasts to enjoy in here. Reconnect with nature and have a truly unique adventure camping in Middle Tennessee.
5. Henry Horton State Park
Located in Chapel Hill, Henry Horton State Park is an ideal destination for those campers seeking unique activities during their outing. The amenities and beauty offered at the park make it a haven for those looking for adventure.
Set up camp at your primitive or backcountry campsite then journey down to the Duck River for paddling and swimming. After a day of hiking and fishing for your dinner, head back to your campsite where tables and fire rings come standard. To help ease the transition from life at home to the backcountry, the campground offers WiFi to guests.
Need a little more entertainment? Henry Horton State Park also offers an 18-hole golf course and a trap and skeet range. Book your site online prior to your stay – sites fill up quickly.
4. South Cumberland State Park
Encompassing four counties and nine recreational areas, South Cumberland State Park offers something for every camper. Set up your tent today at one of the many primitive campsites that dot the miles of trails winding through the park.
With some of the state’s greatest backcountry camping and hiking, the park offers something for everyone. In addition to rock climbing, birdwatching, and hundreds of rare plant varieties, the park also offers the stunning Greeter Falls. Dropping over a 15-foot upper ledge then plummeting over a 50-foot lower ledge into a clear pool at the base. Greeter Falls is one of many falls located throughout the park.
Don’t forget to reserve your campsite before you head out on the trails. The beauty and adventure of the park make this a hot spot for summer campers.
3. Percy Priest Island Camping
If you’re searching for a truly unique camping experience, look no further than Percy Priest Island Camping. Bring your canoe or kayak and set up camp at Percy Priest Lake.
Consisting of more than 30 islands, you will have a lot of choices for your adventure. When you row out to an island and see a small metal sign with a tent, you’re free to set up camp. If a sandy oasis with shallow waters for swimming is your idea of perfection, then the popular Luau Island is the spot for you. Many other islands feature tree lined trails and offer limestone cliffs for jumping into the pristine waters of Percy Priest Lake. No matter which island you stay on, be sure to check out the protected cove over on Hole-in-the-Wall Island.
Whatever island you choose, plan to stake your claim to your spot early in the day. Located just outside of downtown Nashville, the area is a mecca for city-dwelling campers looking for a getaway close to home and fills up quickly.
2. Mousetail Landing State Park
Offering some of the best overlooks in West Tennessee, Mousetail Landing State Park is a must-visit for campers. The natural beauty of the bluffs and an abundance of fishing opportunities draws many to this park.
Located along the Tennessee River, the park’s natural limestone bluffs offer stunning, little-known views of the waters below. Backcountry campers need to check in at the park office for ability to gain access to the trail and for permission to set up camp right along the trail. If you are looking for a campsite closer to your vehicle, the park also offers a number of traditional tent and RV camping sites.
Campers should remember to bring their rod and tackle as Mousetail Landing State Park offers some of the best fishing spots in the area. Bass, crappie, and catfish are just a few of the abundant fish species that populate the river. Opportunities for other activities abound, including mountain bike trails, more than 20 miles of hiking trails, and a swimming beach area at the Spring Creek embayment.
1. Cumberland Caverns
For the truly adventurous camper, Cumberland Caverns offers a one-of-a-kind underground camping experience. Grab a group of your friends and family and head out to McMinnville for this incredible opportunity.
Caveman campouts at the caverns include a tour of the caves and a night underground. Also included in the occasion is a private spelunking experience. Campouts must be booked at least 10 days in advance and have a minimum of 10 campers. All participants must be 12 or over. The next morning, enjoy your catered breakfast in the Volcano Room surrounded by colorful rock formations.
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Explore all of the camping adventures that Middle Tennessee has to offer. Load up your camping equipment and hit the road for your next adventure today.
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Annette Masterson is a licensed broker with EXIT Realty Bob Lamb & Associates in Murfreesboro, TN. She has developed one of the most successful real estate teams in Rutherford County, known as Masterson Network, that specializes in new home construction and residential listings and sales throughout Middle Tennessee. You can email Annette at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 615-896-5656 (Office) or 615-533-1660 (Cell) for more information.