TVA campgrounds open for the season

Published 3:49 pm Tuesday, March 29, 2022

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Spring is here, and the Tennessee Valley Authority’s seasonal campgrounds are open and waiting for visitors to return to the outdoors. The 2022 camping season began March 15 and will run through Nov. 15.
TVA provides more than 80 public recreation areas, including campgrounds, day-use areas and boat ramps across the Tennessee Valley. Recreation Resource Management LLC will manage the TVA campgrounds reservations for the seventh year in a row. These include Cherokee Dam in Jefferson County; Douglas Dam Headwater and Douglas Dam Tailwater near Sevierville; Melton Hill Dam near Lenoir City; Watauga Dam near Elizabethton; and Pickwick Dam near Savannah.
Most campsites are capable of accommodating tents, pop-up trailers and recreational vehicles. Each campground provides restrooms, potable water, showers, grills, picnic tables, RV dump stations, and nearby boating and fishing access. In addition to campsites with electrical service, there are a few tent-only campsites with a more primitive set-up.
Full details of all camping fees and policies can be found in the camping section of TVA’s website or on RRM’s website at
Camping with campfires is a traditional way of enjoying the outdoors. However, imported firewood can introduce insects that kill trees. To prevent the spread of these destructive pests, TVA recommends buying firewood that is cut locally, preferably within the same county where it will be burned.

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