Trip to Nashville in April - recommendations on places to camp - Fiberglass RV


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Old 12-11-2019, 10:50 AM   #1
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Trip to Nashville in April - recommendations on places to camp

I'm in the beginning stages of planning a trip to the Nashville area in April. I'll be travelling from central NY and am looking for parks and other places to stay on the way and near Nashville that offer good canoeing/bike riding or hiking.

Any recommendations are appreciated. I'll be travelling for three weeks and would like to find several places where I can spend 3-5 days exploring before moving on to the next stop.
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Old 12-11-2019, 11:00 AM   #2
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Hard to go wrong with Fall Creek Falls and Rock Island. Both within 2 hours of Nashville.

Lots of activities, hiking, fishing, boating, biking, etc.

The best two state parks in Tennessee in my opinion.
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Old 12-11-2019, 11:28 AM   #3
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Our very favorite campground is Defeated Creek campground, in Carthage TN, about 2 hours west of Nashville.

It is a corp of engineers campground, on Cordell Hull lake, with many waterfront sites. Big level sites.

And we also like Henry Horton State park...doesn't hurt that it's 5 minutes from our house, in Chapel Hill TN
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Townsend, Tn has several great cg where fiberglass trailers meet in April every year. The is a KOA there and another CG called Little River
https://koa.com/campgrounds/townsend-great-smokies/
https://www.littlerivercampground.com
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Old 12-12-2019, 01:06 PM   #5
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Lock A Core of Engineersn Campground

For camping in the Nashville, TN area you might want to try the COE Lock A Campground near Ashland City, TN. The campground is 34 miles from Nashville (supposedly a 47 minute drive). It's on the Cumberland River just off Cheatham Lake and the Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail.

If you have an "America the Beautiful" pass from the National Parks Service, you can camp at half rate.

If you want to "swing by" Nashville, IN on the way, I would recommend the Brown County State Park campground (plenty of bike riding trails).
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Old 12-13-2019, 12:12 AM   #6
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If you're traveling from NY to TN via I81 (or the Blue Ridge Parkway) in Virginia, then you may want to consider stopping in Mount Rogers National Recreation Area near Marion, VA. Mount Rogers is the highest point in Virginia and there are campgrounds (Beartree) as well as hiking activities (Appalachian Trail) and bicycle trails (Virginia Creeper Trail) within the area. The Virginia Creeper Trail crosses over 47 railroad trestles along the trail from Abingdon to the NC state line. Streams within the recreation area are also stocked with trout.


Grayson Highlands State Park (next door to Mount Rogers) is famous for the wild ponies that roam within the park.


There are also cultural activities (Barter Theatre) nearby in Abindgon and Bristol: The Birthplace of Country Music.


I don't think you'll be disappointed if you visit the Mount Rogers area.
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Old 12-13-2019, 06:56 AM   #7
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We spent a week in Nashville this past fall and stayed at Seven Points CG, a COE campground 15 miles from downtown. Very nice campground with water & electric hook-ups. We used the commuter train from Mount Juliet to get into town so not have to worry about parking. Lots to do in Nashville and don't forget the side trip to Lynchburg (Jack Daniels Distillery) Enjoy!
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Old 12-13-2019, 12:08 PM   #8
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Montgomery Bell State Park and Bledsoe Creek State Park are really nice and close to Nashville.
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Cedar Creek COE is very nice and very close to downtown Nashville.
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Old 12-14-2019, 06:58 AM   #10
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Cedars of Lebanon SP in Lebanon TN would be my choice. About 30 miles east of Nashville.
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Our very favorite campground is Defeated Creek campground, in Carthage TN, about 2 hours west of Nashville.
Defeated Creek Campground is NOT 2 hours West of Nashville.

Defeated Creek Campground IS about 90 MINUTES NORTHEAST of Nashville just a little outside of Carthage TN.
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Defeated Creek Campground is NOT 2 hours West of Nashville.

Defeated Creek Campground IS about 90 MINUTES NORTHEAST of Nashville just a little outside of Carthage TN.
Correct, and I will admit to being direction-ally challenged. Thanks for catching that
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Old 12-19-2019, 08:55 AM   #13
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If you want to be "close to the action", consider Trinity RV Park and Campground. We have stayed there several times. It's small, no amenities, but has electric, water, and septic, no cable. It is right in the middle of town with easy access, and affordable.
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Old 12-19-2019, 04:19 PM   #14
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another state park

I like Edgar Evins State Park.

Many of the sites are decks that have great views of Center Hill Lake.

It's about 65 miles from downtown Nashville.
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