Best Camping Spots in Chattanooga

Perhaps one of the best ways to become immersed in the great outdoors is to connect with nature while you sleep under the beautiful night sky. Here are a few of the best campsites 30 minutes or less from downtown Chattanooga offering RV and a variety of campground and backcountry camping options. 

Raccoon Mountain Caverns & Campground 

While this campground's scenery, campsites, and amenities are excellent, the area’s other attraction steals the show: the caverns. Tours of the caverns, first discovered in 1931, range from an easy 30-minute guided walk to a four-hour Echo Room expedition, which is complete with crawling, squeezing, and lots of mud. 

Harrison Bay State Park 

This picturesque park is home to 40 miles of Chickamauga Lake’s shoreline and offers an array of activities like fishing, paddling, picnicking, and golfing on the popular Bear Trace Golf Course. 

Before it became Tennessee’s first state park in 1937, the bay was home to Native Americans including one of the last great Cherokee Chieftains. 

Chester Frost Park 

Situated on the shores of Chickamauga Lake, there is ample opportunity for swimming, fishing, paddling, and boating. There are 228 campsites for RVs, tents, and campers along the lake or further inland. Rent a kayak and SUP or check out their new aqua park, NOOGA Splash. 

William’s And Maclellan Islands 

A night on the 450-acre Williams or 20-acre Maclellan Island is a new kind of overnight adventure! Both islands sit downtown at the mouth of the impressive Tennessee River Gorge and the sites can only be accessed by water. Campsites are free with advance reservations. 

Adventures Unlimited 

Whitewater rafting down more than 10 miles of the famed Ocoee River is a must for thrill-seekers who visit in the summer months, along with hiking through the Cherokee National Forest. Relax and unwind at the campground in a tent or rent a luxury bungalow

Lookout Mountain / Chattanooga West KOA 

The local KOA boasts all the amenities including a swimming pool, jump pad, hiking trails, laundry, and more. Campers can choose from tent sites, RV-friendly pull-throughs, or camping cabins. Conveniently located near hiking, hang gliding, Rock City, and Ruby Falls. 

Cloudland Canyon State Park 

Named for its spectacularly scenic 1,000-foot-deep canyons, this park boasts two tremendous waterfalls, endless views, disc golf, fishing, and hiking, biking, and horseback trails. Guests can stay in backcountry and front-country camping, RV sites, charming cottages and luxury yurts. 

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