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Camping on a Budget La Follette TN

Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control.

Powell Valley Resort & Marina
(423) 562-5975
586 Powell Valley Marine Rd
La Follette, TN
 
Andersonville Marina & Boat
(865) 494-9649
408 Dock Rd
Andersonville, TN
 
Royal Blue Rv Park
(423) 566-4847
305 Luther Seiber Lane
Pioneer, TN
 
Jellystone Park
(865) 938-6600
9514 Diggs Gap Rd
Heiskell, TN
 
Cove Lake State Park*
(423) 566-9701
110 Cove Lake Lane
Caryville, TN
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice
Recreation
Equipped Pavilion, Pool, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Mountain Lake Marina
(865) 426-9756
136 Campground Rd
Lake City, TN
 
Hickory Star Marina
(865) 992-5241
1345 Hickory Star Rd
Maynardville, TN
 
Fox Inn Campground
(423) 494-9386
2423 Andersonville Hwy
Clinton, TN
 
Escapees Raccoon Valley Rv Park
(865) 947-9776
908 E Raccoon Valley Rd
Heiskell, TN
 
Loyston Point (TVA - Norris Reservoir)
(865) 494-9369
Norris, TN
Campground Availability
21-Mar thru 31-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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February 8, 2010 by Camping Life Magazine · 4 Comments  

Article Courtesy Camping Life Magazine , Written by Stuart Bourdon

Couple Enjoying a Picnic at a Campsite Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control. It’s impossible to control the weather, but you can keep track of it and update your gear as conditions dictate. And the campground may not always offer many choices, depending upon its size and reservation level. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and enjoy. The good news—with proper planning, quick and accurate assessment in the field, and some flexibility, you should be able to find just the right spot in any campground.

Private and public campgrounds both have a place on the outdoor destination roster. Which you choose often has to do with your style of camping. Private campgrounds (KOA, Jellystone, etc.) offer a more controlled and manicured park-like atmosphere where the focus is often on activities (movie nights for kids) and recreational facilities (pools, etc.) inside the campground, and are more likely to have full RV-camping amenities (power, water, sewer hookups). Public campgrounds (state parks, national parks and forests, Army Corps of Engineers) tend to deliver a wilder, less controlled experience, and activity and recreation are typically more outdoor-oriented (trail hiking, fishing, boating), and are less likely to provide power and sewer hookups.

Either way, you can improve your chances of an enjoyable, rewarding stay by paying heed to some simple guidelines.

Plan Your Camping Trip Ahead

An advanced reservation is suggested for any campground, public or private, and for many, it’s a must. If you make your reservation online that’s fine; it’s convenient and almost all campgrounds—public and private—offer online reservations now. Before you do, though, make a point of contacting someone (forest ranger or park manager) by phone (best) or e-mail (second best) to ask questions about the lay of the land. Have a campground map (most have one online) and orient it so you know which direction is North, East, South and West.

When considering a campground, think about whether it’s down in a valley, on top of a ridge, or half-way in between. Campgrounds down in the bottom of deep canyons and valleys can be colder during the day (especially in the morning) because of the lack of sun, and can be damp and subject to ground fog. Ridge top sites can be more exposed to weather extremes and make for a cold blustery camp. Sometimes finding a spot in the middle is best. One that’s also sheltered from the wind, but exposed to morning sun, would make it the perfect find in our book.

Ask questions such as: Which way does the prevailing wind blow? Does it chance direction from morning to evening? Where are the trees and other prominent features in the campground?

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