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Camping Tricks & Tips Mc Minnville TN

Before you venture out, consider this list of camping tips that will enhance your experience. As the warm weather rolls around, camping excursions are planned, tents are being aired out, and campers everywhere are itching to set out for the wilderness once again. This season promises to be a busy one, with more campers and RVers roaming the country’s campgrounds than ever before. But before you venture out, consider this list of camping tips that will enhance your experience.

Rock Island State Park*
(800) 713-6065
82 Beach Rd.
Rock Island, TN
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Playground, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Long Branch (COE - Center Hill Reservoir)
(615) 548-8002
Silver Point, TN
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 28-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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KOA-Manchester*
(800) 562-7785
586 Campground Rd
Manchester, TN
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Full Service Store, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Pool, Hot Tub, Pond Fishing, Stream Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sprayground, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails<

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KOA-Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg*
(865) 453-7903
3122 Veterans Blvd
Pigeon Forge, TN
Campground Availability
Apr 01-Nov 30
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Patios, Laundry, Groceries
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Hot Tub, River Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, Local Tours

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Chattanooga's Raccoon Mtn. Caverns & Campground
(423) 821-9403
Chattanooga, TN
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, Local Tours

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Ragland Bottom (COE - Center Hill Reservoir)
(931) 761-3616
Smithville, TN
Campground Availability
19-Apr thru 10-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Laundry
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Brookside RV Resort
(865) 428-7940
Pigeon Forge, TN
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Pool, Stream Fishing, Playground, Golf Nearby

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Lillydale Campground (COE-Dale Hollow Lake)
(931) 823-4155
Livingston, TN
Campground Availability
1-May thru 6-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Ripplin' Waters Campground*
(888) 747-7546
1930 Winfield Dunn Pkwy
Sevierville, TN
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Ice, Wood, Patios, Laundry, Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter, Bottle Exchange
Recreation
Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, River Fishing, Playground, Basketball, Golf Nearby

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David Crockett State Park*
(931) 762-9408
1400 W Gaines
Lawrenceburg, TN
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice
Recreation
Pavilion, Pool, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball

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Camping Tricks & Tips

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Camping Tricks & Tips


By Anne Peterson

As the warm weather rolls around, camping excursions are planned, tents are being aired out, and campers everywhere are itching to set out for the wilderness once again. This season promises to be a busy one, with more campers and RVers roaming the country’s campgrounds than ever before. But before you venture out, consider this list of camping tips that will enhance your experience.

• Drink plenty of water when camping in high altitudes (over 7,000 feet). Three to five quarts a day will prevent dehydration and high altitude sickness, which cause headaches, nausea and muscle cramps, and makes you susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite. Not a fun way to spend a vacation.

• Discard all the plastic and cardboard packaging your food comes in. Instead, use clear plastic bags that can be tied in a knot at the top, and mark them with indelible marker so you know what is inside. This method drastically cuts down on trash accumulation and the bags can be reused for other things, like collecting blueberries for blueberry pancakes.

• Build your campfire away from tree and underbrush root systems. You might never guess, but these can also catch on fire. Believe me, a good night’s sleep is far better than spending the wee hours putting out a root fire.

• Only when you can sift your fingers through the ashes of your fire can you be sure that it is truly out.

• Use a pine cone or a handful of sand to scrub your dishes clean. That way you are not always searching for the dirty, smelly pot scrubby.

• Fill your water bottle with boiling hot water, wrap it in a towel, and put it in your sleeping bag a few minutes before you climb in. This makes for cozy sleeping quarters.

• If you really can’t seem to warm up, and you and your campmate’s sleeping bags are the same brand, zip the bags together to make one bag and cuddle up close. Nothing beats this method on a chilly night.

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