The Best Camping Locations in and Around Nashville, TN

Tennessee provides a number of great places for camping. Some of the best campgrounds are found just a short drive from Nashville, while others may be a few hours away.

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The Best Camping Locations in and Around Nashville, TN

Posted by Gary Ashton on Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 at 9:24am.

How to Plan a Nashville Camping Trip

Tennessee provides a number of great places for camping. Some of the best campgrounds are found just a short drive from Nashville, while others may be a few hours away. However, if you plan ahead and you want to take a long weekend for camping, driving away from the city will be well worth it.

Good Camping Locations Around Nashville

If you're ready to escape the city for a day, you need to know where to go. Many of the best day trips can also be turned into weekend getaways, but they are close enough for just a day trip. If you are traveling in a motorhome, you can turn that getaway into an extended stay. Here are the top choices near Nashville for your next day away.


This historic town is found just south of Nashville and you won't have to driver far to get there. It's only 30 minutes from downtown and provides plenty to keep you busy for the day. The Downtown Franklin District is filled with antique shops, boutiques, local restaurants and plenty of history.

Land Between the Lakes

If you love outdoor recreation and you don't mind a 90 minute drive to get there, Land Between the Lakes is the place for you. This is a 170,000-acre national recreation area and it's found off I-24 in Western Kentucky. You can enjoy all types of activities here including a Planetarium and Bison Prairie.

Bucksnort Trout Ranch

Are you ready to teach your kids how to fish or do you just want to go on a day fishing trip of your own? Escape to Bucksnort Trout Ranch for a day of fishing for Rainbow Trout. This natural area is found off I-40 near exit 152.

A great place for a father/son trip, Bucksnort Trout Ranch is less than an hour from the city. The ranch is perfect for kids and provides plenty of fishing opportunities.

Birdsong Resort

Found about an hour from Nashville, Birdsong Resort is one of the top places for families to enjoy. It's the only freshwater pearl farm in the country and provides all types of fun. You will learn plenty about how pearls are harvested and the interactive experience makes it fun for the entire family.

At Birdsong Resort, you will be able to enjoy the only freshwater pearl farm in the country. This place provides great hospitality with plenty of things to enjoy.

Fall Creek Falls State Park

A park covering over 20,000 acres, this is a large natural area with plenty of beautiful waterfalls. Just a short drive from Nashville will land you in this very cool natural area of the state.

All of these places provide a great choice for your day trip. Whether you want to leave early and spend the entire day or you want to sleep in and just go for a few hours, each place will provide something unique for everybody to enjoy.

One of the benefits of moving to a bigger city is the possibility of great day trips. Many large cities are surrounded by resorts, natural areas, parks and other places to go for the day. Whether you and your spouse need to get away for the day or you want to take the entire family, there are plenty of great day trips around Nashville.

Dunbar Cave

About 100 acres in size and only 60 miles to the north of Nashville, this natural area is perfect for the entire family. With an eight-mile cave full of natural beauty, everybody can enjoy discovering the caves. Along with the massive cave, you can enjoy Swan Lake, hiking trails, picnic areas and fishing.

Jack Daniel Distillery

The distillery is well known and one of the most popular things to do close to Nashville. It's 70 miles outside the city in Lynchburg, TN. Take a tour of the distillery and discover how Jack Daniel's Whiskey is made.

Fall Creek Falls State Park

Another great natural area perfect for a day trip, Fall Creek Falls State Park is larger than 20,000 acres. This area include the Cumberland Plateaus and provides many waterfalls and outdoor activities for all ages.

Whether you choose a tour of the Jack Daniel Distillery or you head west for some fishing, there are plenty of great places to spend the day or weekend within an hour of Nashville.

Where to Rent Outdoor Gear for Your Camping Trip

Whether you want to enjoy time biking, on the water or even on a moped, you need to know where to go in Nashville to rent outdoor gear. Sometimes, it's better to rent than own and there are plenty of places to rent a bike and other outdoor equipment. Here are just a few of the best choices.

Bike the Greenway - 2320 Two Rivers Parkway

Providing bicycle rentals and located at Two Rivers Park Trailhead, Bike the Greenway is the perfect place to get a bike and go for a ride. They offer plenty of choices and you can bike the nearby trials throughout Two Rivers Park.

The company works from a customized trailer and reservations can be made in advance. They roll into the park area on the days they operate and are easy to find. Discover more about renting your bike from Bike the Greenway at,

Nashville Paddle Company - 2901 Bell Road

The Nashville Paddle Company has been operating in the area since 2011. They offer rentals for stand-up paddleboarding throughout the Music City. They are a mobile business with both short and long term rentals available. They also offer a variety of classes for paddleboarding. Discover more about the Nashville Paddle Company at,

Nashville GreenBikes - Throughout the City

A free and easy way for you to explore the greenways and city streets of Nashville, the GreenBikes program provides multiple locations. They connect 94 miles of greenways and 133 miles of on-road bike lanes for residents and visitors to enjoy.

All it takes is an ID or proof of your address to check out a bike at one of the following Community Centers:

  • Antioch Park
  • East Park
  • Hadley Park
  • Watkins Park
  • Hartman Park
  • Looby

Find out more about the Nashville GreenBikes Program at,

Music City Moped - 507 2nd Avenue South

Maybe you prefer to motor around the city on a moped. If so, Music City Moped will rent you a 49cc motor scooter for a day, week or even a month. They provide helmets at no extra charge. Find out more about renting a moped at,

If you're looking for the best outdoor gear for your fun in Nashville, any of these spots will provide just what you need.

Additional Camping Locations Around Nashville

Finding a great place for tent, RV or camper camping is important if you enjoy the outdoors. Here are some of the top choices found in Tennessee. All of these campgrounds can provide what you need for your next campout in Tennessee. Don't forget to be prepared when camping and have adequate camping supplies to make you experience a safe and memorable one. 

Deep Valley Park KOA Kampgrounds KOA Kampgrounds Rocky Top Campground
TILAWA Marina Lookout Valley RV Park Pebble Mountain Family Campground Jellystone Park Camp Resort
Inspiration Point Fish Camp KOA Kampgrounds Bledsoe Creek State Park Crazy Horse Campground
Greenbrier Island Campground Standing Stone State Park Smoky Mountain Campground Music City Campground
Cedars of Lebanon State Park KOA Kampgrounds Anderson Road Campground Two Rivers Campgrounds
KOA Kampgrounds Foothills Campground & Cabins Sunset To Dawn Campground Nashville I-24 Campground

If you are looking something a bit further out, I suggest looking into Les Elfes International. Their sleep away camp is second to none and sure to be a hit.


Gary Ashton

The Ashton Real Estate Group of RE/MAX Advantage

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