15 Parks near Carthage, Tennessee
Oct 2016 - $14.00
Huge nice COE CG 155 sites, mostly back in, some looped pullthroughs. Most level but some need leveling. CG is by the Cordell Hull lake with some sites lake side, but rest in loops on a low hill. The lake side sites are on a slant so each has a good full view of the lake. The is a large sandy swimming area. Lots of trees, and the ground is grassed and well mowed; park like. Three play grounds and four bath houses with hot showers. There is a nearby marina and a short hiking trail by the lake in a wooded area with lake side benches. A great CG for biking. It is one of nicest COE I have stayed in. - 210jem
Sep 2016 - $10.00
This was the second time to Defeated Creek. We love it. Camped in plenty of shade. The lot was right on the water which made fishing, kayakying easy to do. There is a roped off swimming area which makes it nice for a family with children. - jholman
Apr 2016 - $24.00
Easily the nicest COE campground we have stayed at! Gorgeous, super well maintained grounds, beautiful lake, scenic area, and very reasonably priced. Sites 40 through about 65 on the lake side are the prime water front sites with full hookups and 50 amp. Site 53 the best site if you can get it since you'll have a very large side yard. Other sites on that row are pretty close together, but the lots are staggered, so you do have an unobstructed view of the lake from your outdoor sitting area. We were lucky as there was a cancelation and were able to move from an inside site to 48 for a week and loved it. If you don't need sewer and/or want a pull through lake side site, you can't get better than 77 were we also spent a week. Huge yard, no visible neighbors and on the water....darn near perfect. Now, the downside...there is rock shore, so while dogs are allowed to swim in the lake, no place to do it (there is a beach area for people). Also, wood ticks are thick! Always picking ticks off humans and dogs. The campground does fill up on the weekends and there are tons of kids and little yapping dogs, so not very relaxing, but during the week, quiet and peaceful. - Jerry and Betsy
Aug 2015 - $25.00
This park is now called Made in the Shade. Park is well maintained, let water run, rust accumulated in pipes, once cleared it was fine. First 30 amp plug was dead, other in box was fine. Open for satellite, no cell service either Verizon or AT&TDid not use the pool or the pavilion. - walt66
Apr 2010 - $24.00
The park is clean but way too small. Site are too close together. The only thing for kids to do is use the pool. The campground is on the lake but there are so many trees in the way you can't get to the water. This is a nice place for a over night stay but not a vacation stop. - outdoorlover1
May 2005 - $16.00
This is a diamond in the rough. The new owners bought it last year and have been hard at work making it a super park. The previous ower had turned it into a dump. The pool is community-sized, it is a short walk from the lake. The owners bend over backward to do whatever they can. When we were there they were hard at work installing a small store and the next project is a laundry facility. There is a community pavilion with a super fireplace. The showers are TO DIE FOR. The only down side is that there was NO cell service (although they do have a pay phone available). This is a PA park and at $8 it was a super deal. We recommend it highly and it will only get better. - FiatSpider79
Oct 2016 - $40.00
This campground is small and full of trees which appeal to us. Although the pool was closed since we were there in October, the pool appears to be of a good size well-maintained. The campground has a small lounge with a pool table which can also be used for table tennis. There is a large stone fireplace in there as well. There are two washers and dryers for camper use. For children there is a small swing set as well as tether ball, basketball and a volleyball net. Many of the campsites are pull-throughs. The campground has a new owner, and it is obvious he is intent on restoring the campground facilities. The campground is very close to the town of Granville, and we walked into town most days. During the time we were camping, Granville celebrated their Fall Festival which was wonderful. Every Saturday night the town hosts the Sutton Ole Time Music hour as well as a family-style dinner. If we lived closer, we definitely would plan weekend camping trips at Made In The Shade regularly. We stayed in a full-service site with our two dogs for 8 days at the beginning of October. There was plenty of room to put up our screen room in front of the RV. One alert: Made in the Shade welcomes hunters, so if that offends you, this might not be the place for you. On the other hand, the owner is very accommodating about assigning campsites. - User3725
Sep 2016 - $20.00
Our experience at the park was great. The owner met us outside to help get us parked. The sites were level and shaded. The Wifi was sufficient so we were happy with it although this might not be the case if there were more people in the park who were using wifi. I had a number of conversations with the Austrian born owner who had just bought the park within the previous 2 weeks. He had been a farmer and a restaurant owner and also an RV traveler so we had lost to talk about.
The only things that you should be aware of about this site, it is 10 miles off the interstate and the route from the east goes up and down some pretty steep hills on country roads. You may want to call ahead for the best route from your direction. We made it fine with our diesel pickup pulling a 35 foot fifth wheel. But these are not the roads I would generally chose to navigate. We like to put up the bat wing antenna and watch some TV and this wasn't possible here. Also we had to pay in cash although that may have to do with our Passport America rate. All in all we would stay here again if we were in the area. - AhCaramba2
Jul 2015 - $44.00
We stayed for 3 nights. Facility not kept up -Trash not emptied, bathrooms old and buggy, ground needed hay or more grass. Pool closed at 5:30 PM and could not have drinks, chairs, or food in pool area. We felt micromanaged and our kids were yelled at for not turning off lights. No fires at individual sites. The walk to lake was short but not kept up, very small area and you could not swim there. The walk to city was short and it was very unique. - We love camping with friends
Sep 2010 - $26.00
I have stay here many times and love the park. There's live music and karaoke every Saturday night, movies on Friday night. This park is very family friendly. They have all kinds of things going on like Christmas in July (was there it was great), chili cook off in October (was there last year and going again this year). The owners are great, they keep this place very safe and the restrooms may be old but they are very clean. This is not a party park and we like this, all rules are enforced, GREAT. Oh, just a comment about the other comment I read, how can anyone control where wild geese go to the bathroom, really! There is always someone you can't please and it is usually the ones breaking all the rules, enough said. I will be camping at Indian Creek again and again cause it's great. - outdoorlover1
Jun 2009 - $26.00
My family visited Indian Creek every summer while I was growing up, but then switched to Edgar Evins. We decided to return this past weekend after about 10 years, and were severely disappointed! The entire park is dirty and nasty now that it's privately owned. To begin with, they don’t properly take care of the bathhouses. Besides being full of poisonous spiders and in disrepair, it's also filthy. I suffered through a shower with moldy curtains and a rusty shower head. I mustn’t forget the poison ivy growing inside and around the entire camping pad, or the goose droppings EVERYWHERE including the roads and even the sand beach. It’s unsafe and unsanitary for children, or anyone for that matter, to be in this campground! To keep costs down they refuse to turn the lights on at night! It’s pitch black and very dangerous while climbing the steps to the bathroom. One guest fell and hurt her ankle while trying to do so. They are more concerned with, “keeping costs down,” than the safety of the campers. They are charging an outrageous $27 a night while they don't even offer running water at the swimming area (another cost saving measure). They will try to swindle money out of you any way they can, and will lie right to your face to justify their ways. Save your time and money and visit a state owned park. Owning a campground is a large responsibility and these people don’t have the funds, customer service skills, or manpower to run it properly. - hunnybunny
Jul 2016 - $19.00
This is a very beautiful park. Our site was huge and very spacious. Noise was never a problem. There is ZERO cell service and that was one of my drawback. The other was I wished they had speed bumps to slow the constant traffic down. Kids are riding bikes and walking all the time so it would be very wise. Beach area was very well maintained. Park rangers and police presence most of the time. - Campingfamily4life
Jul 2011 - $13.00
One of the very nicest Army Corp parks you'll ever see. Huge sites. Clean! Not all sites have sewer. We stayed at a discounted rate (Golden Access). A bit noisy on holidays (lake activity and kids); otherwise very peaceful, serene setting. Friendly and safe! Paved roads with gravel sites. We stay here whenever in TN. - jalapeno_lulu
Jul 2010 - $26.00
This is a very nice, well-maintained COE campground. There are many sites right on the water, several in the woods, which tend to be better-shaded, several with beautiful views out into open, broad grassy areas. I saw several deer and two wild turkeys. The host was extremely helpful and accommodating. There is no pool, but there is a very nice-looking sand-beach swimming area at the lake shore. I didn't swim there but did swim just off my campsite. The water had no odor, and it was very comfortable (air temps in the mid-90's). Boat traffic was minimal, but I visited during the week. The only warning I would offer is that some of the sites seem to be set up as joint sites, adjoining each other with a continuous gravel pad. If you are camping with another party, this may be desirable, but if you are this close to a stranger, you may not have much privacy. I would recommend calling the campground to request guidance on the type of site you want. The campground map does not do a good job of explaining which are conjoined and which are separate. - Groenlo
Aug 2016 - $45.00
Very clean with nice sized sites and lots of trees for shade. Some sites back up to the river. Gate attendant is very friendly and helpful. - ktbear
Jun 2015 - $10.00
Nice wide entrance with friendly work-camper staff. Standard rate is $20.00 - we got half price with our Federal Access Pass. Waterfront sites are higher ($25, I think). RIGHT at the base of Center Hill Dam sits this very nice campground directly on the bank of the Caney Fork River - cold water, cool breezes, trout fishing! There is a great set of concrete stairs that goes down to the river you can fish from, and a creek with a small walking bridge runs through the grounds behind the bathhouse. This walkway connects the 'group' camping area to the bathhouse. The group area is a nice tight circle of about a dozen RV campsites that can be used / reserved for group events. It has a large pavilion 'meeting room' with a large, covered (chimmey'd) fire pit right in the center. A group of disabled vets were there the weekend we were.
Has wide and long shady sites (back-in) with properly located 20/30/50 amp hookups and water (no sewer). But there's also a lantern pole, picnic table, fire ring, grill, AND another table with a roof over it for various uses. Nice modern bathhouse and showers. Spotty cell service (low on AT&T, fair on Verizon). Great place! - TheGrandMan
Oct 2014 - $24.00
Writing from the early 40s with kids perspective. Nice staff and clean enough bathrooms (it is camping afterall). It's an entirely different expereince camping on or away from the water. I wouldn't be interested in another trip NOT on the water. The sites I love (10, 6, 8, etc) face the water and a beautiful view day and night. Good trout fishing and canoe trip right from the campground. The kids enjoyed the playground and it's a flat/easy/safe loop for them to ride their bikes. My husband's favourite campground. - mamabird73
Mar 2016 - $25.00
All sites will accommodate campers up to 30 feet, a few sites go up to 35, and only 4 are sized for 40 feet. Our travel trailer is 28 feet and we fit comfortably in a 35 foot site but parked our truck next to the camper. Restrooms are a little older but very clean and well maintained. The sites are platforms - tight for big trailers, but worth the views. Some of the smaller sites only have utilities on the left side (drivers side if backing in), so make sure you have extension cords and long hoses. The staff is very friendly. Fly fishing info and supplies at a store at the park entrance. This is a boater's park. Weekends book up, but rangers said it's quiet and easy during the week. Can be busy and noisy on holiday weekends. - bbpqiggy
Jun 2015 - $25.00
Pretty park. VERY unique sites, ours was built on a thick |wooden| platform (supported by huge steel beams and concrete columns) sticking out over a bluff above the lake; super-strong, held our 38' motorhome. Properly placed hookups, our site actually had water spigot on both sides. Limited car parking at site. Spaces are size-limited, most no more than 28' but our site (#39) was long enough for at least a 40'. Check reservation site closely and choose the correct one. Clean bathhouse, nice views of lake, partial shade, playground, boat ramp, open year round, park wifi, good cell signal on ATT and Verizon. Great state park ranger / law enforcement patrol (saw them around 24/7, thanks guys!). We would def stay here again.
Caution = place is HILLY. Very steep driving in/out of campground, unhook toad at the office if not before. - TheGrandMan
Oct 2014 - $15.00
A quiet and beautiful camp. We stayed in campsite 39. It was level and water and electric are conveniently located. The camping platforms are unusual but are flat and afford beautiful views. WiFi is available but really slow. No Verizon service. We look forward to another stay. - Raptor 7
Aug 2016 - $15.00
A nice COE campground for families. Tent to big rig spots. No sewer. Voltage can drop when all the units are running AC. Nice beach, boat ramp, fishing. - ccsvolsfan
Jul 2015 - $24.00
Very pretty campground. We got a lot with a great view of the water (35) although there are many.
Bathrooms were dated but very clean.
The lake was gorgeous!
Some spaces were close...and some might have been a challenge to novice campers.
We will be back when we are in the area! - Campingjunky
May 2014 - $24.00
Very nice corp of engineers park on a large lake. Sites are oddly situated and some of the roads are a bit tight to navigate but overall a very nice park. RV sites are all paved / cement and have great electric and water hookups. 2 dump stations are available in the park. Verizon phone and data signal available but not super fast (3G). - AirstreamSJ
Jul 2015 - $30.00
Not for couples with children. No slide, swing or pool. Lots of traffic through the site to get to the on location restaurant. I would not feel safe letting my kids outside alone. - Bdavis2900
Mar 2015 - $16.00
Great value and a nice quiet country setting. The owner is very nice. Not sure why another reviewer would rate the park unfavorably, but some can be difficult to please. We stayed in 43' rig. - Dngreen51
Sep 2014 - $30.00
After staying here before,I decided to give it another try. I needed to order several items online,and they will ship to this park.It was a big mistake,as it's worse now than it was on the previous stay.
This is a poorly run,overpriced gravel parking lot. The owners live next door,but they are rarely in the park. The daily rate is an outrageous 30.00 a day and there are no amenities. Just a dusty gravel lot.
While staying here I also encountered damage by the young kids mowing,I told him on 3 different occasions they were throwing rocks with their gas powered weed trimmers while they were trimming the grass in the gravel all around every site,one of the employees was using one that didn't even have a guard on it. My camper and car were damaged. Never even got as much as an I'm sorry from anyone there after telling them and the so-called manager. A few days later another person got their drivers window broken out by rocks from the mowers.
The owners and employees have absolutely no regard for other peoples property.
Also had a brand new sewer hose that they put holes in with their weed trimmers.
They have minimal rules posted in small print in the office,but none are enforced.I also had a very rude and noisy neighbor that started his old dodge diesel work truck up at 5:00 am every morning just a few feet from my camper,then letting it idle for 30 minutes before leaving for work,when I complained several times,nothing was done and I was told I could move.
There are no amenities included in the price. Their is a restaurant, I was advised by other people staying in the campground that it had terrible food and service,so I didn't try it based on that advice.
There are some pull through sites with 50a,and some 30a back ins,all are the same rate.The sewer and water hookups are very close together,the water hookup is underground just inches from the sewer hookup.
There is also a pay fishing lake that's not included in the rates,they charge extra for it.
They have wifi,but it's very slow. I used verizon aircard,only got 1 bar had to use my wilson amp and external antenna.
No showers here,just a small restroom at the restaurant.
Would never stay there again,there are other places nearby including several coe parks with amenities that are much cheaper.
Rates are 30.00 daily,200.00 weekly,500.00 monthly. - 58fulltimer
Sep 2015 - $27.00
The lady in the office was very helpful. Otherwise it was average. They did have a nice pool but it didnt seem clean. The bathrooms and showers were unkempt. - darlene eley
Apr 2015 - $35.00
Poor quality, trashed, run down, and avoid at all cost. I am not joking, restrooms have no doors, dirty, and run down. Would not recommend to stay here. Go somewhere else. - JayC90
Oct 2014 - $36.00
This park is haphazardly laid out, crowded, and dirty. Most of the guests are obviously long-term. Some of the rigs are in poor condition and surrounded by junk in the site. We had to put up with loud, cursing, and arguing neighbors. Several dogs would bark at every loud noise, in other words, often. The roadways are narrow and often used for parking by guests. The trash dumpster was overflowing with several bags of trash on the ground outside the dumpster. We did not use the restrooms, showers or laundry facilities...afraid to. We thought the rate was outrageous for this place. Obviously, the owners don't put anything back into the park. The way only redeeming factor was the lady in the office. She was very friendly and helpful. We had an emergency and could not find and anywhere else to stay, but we would stay in the Walmart parking lot before coming back here again. - normav