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The Best in Tent Camping: Tennessee A Guide for Car Campers Who Hate RVs, Concrete Slabs, and Loud Portable Stereos,9780897326087

The Best in Tent Camping: Tennessee A Guide for Car Campers Who Hate RVs, Concrete Slabs, and Loud Portable Stereos

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9780897326087

ISBN10:
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Pub. Date:
11/1/2005
Publisher(s):
Menasha Ridge Press
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Summary

Stretching from the crest of the Appalachians in the east through mid-state cedar glades to the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River in the west, Tennessee offers a wealth of geographic and environmental diversity. One of the oldest states west of the Appalachian Mountains, the Volunteer State is rich in history, and many campgrounds in the book are located at Civil War sites. Author Johnny Malloy guides readers not only to the region's best campsites, but also to recreational and cultural activities nearby. A veteran woodsman and author, he expounds on the area's history or ecology along the way. Whether readers are native Tennesseans in search of new territory or a vacationer on the lookout for that dream campground, this book will help them unlock the secrets to the best tent camping that Tennessee has to offer.

Author Biography

Johnny Molloy is an outdoor writer based in Tennessee. He has averaged over one hundred nights in the wild per year since the early 1980's, backpacking and canoe camping throughout our country. He has written numerous books covering much of the U.S. from Florida to Wisconsin to Colorado and articles for magazines and Web sites.

Table of Contents

Map Legend
vii
Tennessee Campground Locator Map vii--ix
Tennessee Map Key viii--ix
Acknowledgments x
Preface xi
Introduction 2(4)
West Tennessee
Big Hill Pond State Park
6(3)
Chickasaw State Park
9(4)
Fort Pillow State Park
13(3)
Meeman-Shelby State Park
16(3)
Natchez Trace State Park and Forest
19(3)
Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park
22(3)
Pickwick Landing State Park
25(5)
Middle Tennessee
Anderson Road
30(3)
Bledsoe Creek State Park
33(3)
Cedars of Lebanon State Park
36(3)
David Crockett State Park
39(3)
Edgar Evins State Park
42(3)
Fall Creek Falls State Park
45(3)
Gatlin Point
48(3)
Harpeth River Bridge
51(3)
Henry Horton State Park
54(3)
Lillydale
57(3)
Meriwether Lewis Monument
60(3)
Montgomery Bell State Park
63(3)
Mousetail Landing State Park
66(3)
Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park
69(3)
Piney
72(3)
Ragland Bottoms
75(3)
Rock Island State Park
78(3)
Rushing Creek
81(5)
East Tennessee
Abrams Creek
86(3)
Bandy Creek
89(3)
Cardens Bluff
92(3)
Chilhowee
95(3)
Cosby
98(3)
Dennis Cove
101(3)
Foster Falls Recreation Area
104(3)
Franklin State Forest
107(3)
Frozen Head State Park
110(3)
Hiwassee-Ocoee Scenic River State Park
113(3)
Holly Flats
116(3)
Indian Boundary
119(3)
Jake Best
122(3)
Little Oak
125(3)
Nolichucky Gorge
128(3)
Norris Dam State Park
131(3)
North River
134(3)
Obed Wild and Scenic River
137(3)
Old Forge
140(3)
Paint Creek
143(3)
Pickett State Park
146(3)
Prentice Cooper State Forest
149(3)
Rock Creek
152(3)
Round Mountain
155(3)
Sylco
158(5)
APPENDIXES
Appendix A: Camping Equipment Checklist
163(2)
Appendix B: Sources of Information
165(2)
Index 167(3)
About the Author 170

Excerpts

Many people argue that Dale Hollow Lake is the prettiest lake in Tennessee, if not the South. Backed against the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau, the impoundment is bordered by hills, coves, islands and fingers forming an interlude of land and water that is very easy on the eyes. The lower Obey River Valley was flooded to create this lake on Tennessee's northern border, so far north that it extends into Kentucky, with the Bluegrass State claiming it as part of its own. And who can blame them? Fortunately for us, when the Army Corps of Engineers created Dale Hollow Lake, they also created many recreation areas, and Lillydale is among the best, especially for us Tennessee tent campers.
What makes Lillydale so good? For starters it is a well built and well maintained facility. The campsites are very large and well separated from one another. They are in good shape and campground hosts are on site full time to make sure things run smoothly. But I think the best reason to stay here are the walk-in tent campsites located on an island in Dale Hollow Lake! More about them later.
The balance of the campground is located on a hilly peninsula that juts into Dale Hollow Lake. Descend past the toll house and the expanse of the campground opens before you. Lake vistas are everywhere! The first camping area is on the right and has campsite #1-#16. These are of special note as they are the best of the campsites for tent campers. Shade is limited by young trees. At some of the sites, you park your car then walk down steps to lakefront camps that overlook the water below. Reservations should be made for #8-#15 here. However, bring a sun shelter as shade is lacking. The next area, #16-#46, is also good for tent campers that want to be near their car. It is higher on the peninsula and has many lakefront sites with million dollar views. As is normally the case, the lakefront sites go first.

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