16 Parks near Erwin, Tennessee
Nolichucky Gorge Campground, 1 Jones Branch Road, Erwin, TN 37650, USA Erwin, Tennessee 37650 (map) | (423) 743-8876
Sites: 6 | Latest Rate: $25.00 | 2 Reviews
Oct 2015 - $25.00
First off, this park is nestled into the forest and right up against the river. It is probably the most scenic park that we have stayed at. However, I would not say that we had an overall positive experience. I do think that this park is geared toward tent campers much more than RVs. We have a 42' rig and the drive in was pretty scary. I am still kind of surprised that we didn't damage anything. There are dogs that run free in the park, that are not picked up after. There appeared to be full-time resident tent campers which I didn't even know was a thing. One of the cabins had a Confederate Flag flying from the porch. We ended up leaving early. - glanotte
Sep 2014 - $25.00
Before school started back, we stayed in the heart of the Applachian Mountains at this truly gorgeous campground right along the Nolichucky River. Our kids were able to swim and fish right out the front door and we're so happy to have found such a lovely place close to home for a mini-vacation. Since it's such an easy drive from Knoxville (only 1.5 hours away!), we plan to return next summer a few more times and we even went whitewater rafting while we were there! The Noli is just a hidden gem for families to get away. (I almost hate to review it and tell others to go since we really loved the low-key, non-crowded facility!) The road was freshly paved and very easy to navigate our RV into the campground and into our slot. We quickly made friends with our neighbors and a few other families there that weekend that had kids the same ages as ours, so they all want to plan a trip together next year! I'm so glad to have found such a wonderful place for quick weekend visits! - PeachyCreative
Aug 2016 - $20.00
Rock Creek National Forest campground is located in Cherokee National Forest in Northeast TN. Roads inside the campground while paved are fairly narrow. We had no trouble navigating the roads with our truck and 31' toy hauler trailer. Sites are gravel and many are large and deep. The larger sites can easily hold the largest RVs. The old growth trees and thick understory provide privacy for the sites. One loop, C has 50 amp electrical service while loops A and B have 30 amp service. This is a beautiful area and it is usually 10 degrees cooler than surrounding areas. Fees are $20 or $15 with a golden age pass. If you tent camp, there are 5 walk in tent sites with pea gravel pads at the top of loop C. The swimming area is unique. It is a large rounded cement pond with creek water glowing through it. Numerous hiking trails nearby. No reservations here and it is a very popular park. I recommend you arrive mid week to improve your chances to get a site. - linnemj
Oct 2014 - $15.00
Well-shaded and very private sites in this lovely, quiet campground. Verizon signal very weak but usable with antenna. Beautiful trails and rhododendrons everywhere. It's probably spectacular in the spring! Ended up staying six days. - mockturtle
Jul 2014 - $15.00
Beautiful NFS campground. Roads are paved, sites are gravel, level, huge, and well-spaced for privacy. Campground is shady and cool, nice for family camping. Restrooms/showers could be cleaner. Rate reflects senior discount. We would stay here again. - tnyankee
Sep 2016 - $45.00
We spent two nights here in the spring, on our way to Ohio - we were so impressed, we just spent two more nights here on the way back. We stayed in a river site (#29 - had #30 in the spring) which costs $10 extra, but to us, is well worth it. We would like to spend a week or more here next summer - it is a little gem of a park! The food in their diner is tasty as well. - rburckhart
Aug 2016 - $45.00
We stayed here to escape the Heat in SC. It's a beautiful park on the Nolichucky river. Nice size sites. Maneuvering in a 40 ft MH was a little tight but manageable. The sites right on the river are worth the premium.
The wifi was above average. AT&T cellular signal was -110 to -120db...equal to 1 bar.
Maybe we just got a bad batch but the firewood was the most green we've had in a long time. I'd find someplace else locally to buy it. - DCRichardson
May 2016 - $45.00
We decided to pay the extra $10 for a riverfront site; it was money well spent! We were in site #30 right next to the rapids - it was quite noisy (the water) but we didn't mind. We will stay here again on the way back to FL in the fall. - rburckhart
Aug 2016 - $31.00
We stayed at WoodSmoke Campground on our first outing with our new travel trailer. There is a Walmart a few miles from the campground and we used our weekend as a time to get things we had not thought of for the new camper. There are also many small restaurants and shops in Unicoi and Erwin, TN, close by. The campground is a small family run facility. It is immaculately clean (Cleanest camp bathhouse we have ever seen in many years of camping!) and all sites have some degree of shade. There were a few seasonal campers, but most sites were open for rentals from short stayers like we were. The camp ground was nice and quiet. I-26 is less than a mile away, but there is very little truck traffic on that portion, so you don't notice traffic noise very much at all. We did hear train whistles two times and thought that was charming. The owners are very conscientious and helpful. Our only confusion was why they put us on a corner site with little privacy when there were several other more private, more heavily wooded sites available the whole time we were there. If we had it to do again I would ask ahead what sort of site we were renting and express a hope for privacy. But we were still happy and enjoyed our stay. - TN Vogels
Aug 2015 - $30.00
We stumbled upon Woodsmoke Campground because our original choice was full. The reviews of Woodsmoke sounded good, so we decided to request a site via their website. Usually when we request a site online from a campground, we do not hear from them for days. Woodsmoke was a pleasant exception, as they replied within an hour of our request. I was able to call the following day to confirm our reservation. The lady I spoke with was extremely nice and accommodating.
Our initial reaction was that this campground was too close to home, as it is 30-35min. As soon as we drove into the beautiful private entrance, we realized that we were badly mistaken with our initial reaction. Just a half hour from home, we felt we were hours away.
The owner met us at the office and politely guided us to our spot and assisted in getting us perfectly positioned in our wonderful, private site. Our site backed up to a small stream, which added to the wonderful ambiance of our experience. The sites were large and well spaced. The bathhouse was extremely clean. It is obvious that the owner's take an exceptional amount of pride in maintaining this campground.
At the entrance to the campground is the trailhead to the Pinnacle Tower Trail. This is a 4.8mile hiking/biking trail. The views from the tower are beyond words! I mountain biked this trail two times during out stay and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a must for anyone able to make the trek!
Within walking distance (or a very short drive) are a Dollar General store and a package store with all of your liquor, wine and beer needs. The package store had a great selection of craft and high gravity beers as well as the yellow fizzy stuff.
Woodsmoke is great whether you are coming from near or far. The owner's are exceptional, the facilities are phenomenal, and the location is convenient. We have ruled out return trips to other campgrounds after a wonderful weekend at Woodsmoke Campground! You must experience! - JandJ TN Travelers
Jun 2015 - $31.00
This park is clean, well maintained and simple. We stayed for 2 nights. Did not use the bathhouse, but did see them on site. No on site laundry. No activities for children, but my kids enjoyed just being outside. Sites are gravel and well spaced. Roads are a bit tight, as stated previously. Our travel trailer is 36' and we found some of the turns to be tight, but doable. The real gem here is the staff. They were amazing. Very knowledgeable, helpful and hard workers constantly on the move bettering this park. The scenery is nice being this close to the national forest. The park is wooded and natural. If you're looking for a quiet, simple place surrounded by nature with full hookups- this would be for you. I would stay here again! - Brownsonthemove
Dec 2011 - $35.00
RV park located at a working horse ranch about 6.5 miles from Interstate, somewhat out of the way in the country but a good place for a quiet stay or base to explore this section of the Appalachians. No problem with our 36' Motorhome plus Pickup Truck toad. Gravel entrance road that needs a little work on the potholes. Both back in and pull through sites available. Sites are grass and mostly level. Simple park in an open field. Small but clean bath house. Nice camp store on site along with fishing pond & small playground for kids. The owner was very nice and accommodating. He checks visitors frequently so the park is secure and he makes sure you have what you need for a nice stay. - dscottwilliams
Sep 2009 - $25.00
This campground is a hidden gem! We pulled in for a week and stayed for a month. Beautiful mountain views and great staff. The blueberries were ripe and we picked our own. The apple orchard was not yet ready for picking but we enjoyed walking through it. The camp mascot is a pot belly pig named "Miss Piggy" and the campground dog is a little Jack Russell mix called "little man." If you want a different experience in camping try this place: large sites (all with 50 amp) and easy in/out in our 42 ft motorhome. It is about 6 miles off I-26. Park has great hosts! - David Buchanan
Apr 2009 - $25.00
One of the most unique experiences we've ever had RVing! This is a working horse ranch with an adjacent RV park. You have beautiful 360 degree views of the Smokey Mountains. You can back right up to the lake, and watch the horseback riding events, etc. It's wonderful to see all the animals, including a 27 year old horse who roams free and never wanders off, and a family pet named "Miss Piggy", a cute as a button pot-bellied pig. This is a real camping experience and one not to be missed if you're in the Bristol/Johnson City area of eastern Tennessee. The owners were wonderful accommodating hosts...we will be back! Oh, and the cleanest bath house I've ever seen...well worth the money! - kakampers
Sep 2016 - $30.00
This park is older, and is in need of a few updates. The new owners are really trying to bring the park up to what the public expects of a campground. It has a pool, but has been closed most of the 2016 season due to leaks, but the owners assure that it will be repaired and hopefully ready for the 2017 season. The bathrooms need to be remodeled. The owners are nice and try t0 make everyone comfortable. - DaryRon Steffe
Apr 2014 - $26.00
The park is located in a beautiful farm valley next to the Cherokee National forest. The park has shaded and open sites. The road and sites are gravel. Sites are medium to large. Rest room and shower facility is small but clean. The campground has a large activity building equipped with a wood stove, fireplace and refrigerator. The owner is very friendly. We will stay there again when we camp in the area. - dogwood96
Sep 2011 - $26.00
A very quiet, peaceful park. Lots of squirrels, bluebirds, hummingbirds, and even wild turkey. I can understand the negative review of the person with a 40 footer. They need a lot of room to maneuver. Our unit is 30 foot, and we had no problem. The sites are level and have a lot of "breathing room" between them. Very friendly place. We would definitely come back! - Deck & Margot
Oct 2016 - $25.00
Stayed one night.
Clean and well kept.
Wi-fi has limited capacity, they tell you upfront that streaming video, etc users will be automatically cutoff. Signal not consistent.
Look at site descriptions when you reserve online. Our lot was nice and level. Most in the row closer to the river were slightly inclined.
Lots of overnighters.
Kind of far from nearby towns. The park and campground are next to the scenic Nolichucky River. - TomAndKathy
Oct 2016 - $25.00
This is a popular park that offers many weekend activities which help attract folks. It is well off of US 11 on winding roads. They have many pull-through FHU sites which were long, paved, and nearly level. The large tent area and the back-in sites included fire rings. The campground borders a rapidly running river. It is about midway between Johnson City and Greeneville. - exceltraveler
Sep 2016 - $30.00
The spots were very narrow for what we have seen at other state parks. Reminded me more of a KOA or Jellystone. Full hookups were a plus. The bathrooms were single unit shower / toilet so multiple people could not use at the same time.
No fire pit at the sites we had so you either had to bring your own or forego. The site we were at (28) had no shade. Other sites closer to the river had better shade.
If in the area might stay again, but wouldn't make it our destination. - MissAlaineous
Jun 2016 - $28.00
This well developed, popular campground is situated in a deciduous forest in two major sections: lower and upper. The lower portion is mostly level along the Doe River, and more open among trees and lawn. The upper is steeply sloped and more deeply forested. All site pads are asphalt paved surrounded by gravel, with fire rings and concrete picnic tables. Sites are spacious, but many of the pads are made for small campers and tents. Carefully choose the lengths of sites online. Most upper sites will need levelers. You should know your site number before arriving, particularly if you arrive after 5 PM. No after hours site list is posted at the campground office. Bath houses were clean, often on steep slopes. Electric and water worked fine. No over-the-air digital TV. Sprint phones had no service in the upper loops, but the campground office had Sprint and extended service at 3 bars. WiFi worked fine within 100 feet of the office, and a second and third transmitter was in the lower loop (but not in the upper loops). Quiet, dark at night. Occasional patrol by law enforcement. Quite cool temperatures for June. Lots of hiking trails,
playgrounds, fields, a farmstead, nice visitor center, weekend ranger activities. Songbirds abundant. Ecosystem rich in biodiversity. There are some ticky tacky issues. A single dump station for nearly 80 campers is easily overrun at check out hours. Most written or posted rules go unenforced. Non-campers cruise the grounds, creating added conflicts with walkers and bicyclists and noise. Signs say "Registered Campers Only", but without active checks, people drive right past the office. Few campers clean up after their pets, even next to the river. Nasty. Multiple cars parked at many campsites instead of using overflow. Golf cart cruising. Speeding was an issue at times. Regardless of the bad points, it is truly the crown jewel of Tennessee's State Parks, and we will return. - The Happy Traveler
Aug 2015 - $30.00
I hate to slam the place because I'm sure lots of people like places like this, judging by the crowded conditions! The campground is busy, crowded, noisy. There's little space between sites. Kids running everywhere. Trucks & cars jammed into sites & between sites. We pulled up to our site, took one look at the lack of space and privacy, and promptly left. We gave up our 2 day fee just to go find somewhere more suitable for us. Don't get me wrong... I have kids too, but just like a little more of a feeling of being "in the woods" when I camp.... Not jammed up with 100's of others! It looks like there's lots to do here, but if you like a little privacy & peace, keep looking. - Mistersandman
Aug 2015 - $18.00
Camping at Roan Mountain State Park is vastly improved with the inception of the new reservation system. The disagreements between campers and long waiting lines are over, yielding a much more pleasant camping experience. Campground hosts and rangers are now very friendly and inviting. All the roads and sites in the campground have been recently repaved. Some leveling may still be required on the hillside sites. Restrooms and showers are very clean. RV sites in the lower loop on the east side of the Doe River (sites 1-40) are classified as "premium" sites at a higher price with no discounts. The hillside sites on the west side of the Doe River (sites 41-90) are lower priced, and senior discounts are available. Be aware that larger RVs and trailers may not be able to navigate the steep hills and sharp curves. Check with the campground host before attempting. Sites vary in length and width; be sure to verify that your rig will fit on the site chosen when making a reservation. The price shown is for a hillside site with senior discount. The park swimming pool is open seasonally, and a recreation room with billiard tables and pinball machines is located at the park conference center. There is no cable or over-the-air TV, and cell phone reception and WiFi are only available at the campground office and the conference center. The clean mountain air and beautiful natural surroundings more than compensate for the absence of those modern electronic annoyances. Be sure to visit the Miller homestead and be reminded of the self-sufficient lifestyle that existed a century ago. We will definitely return to Roan Mountain State Park. - tnyankee
Sep 2011 - $35.00
This is a fairly remote campground located right at the base of the Appalachian Mountains 12 miles east of Greeneville, Tn. There are no pull through sites, however most of the sites are large, have shade, and a beautiful view. There is a fishing pond that is open to campers. Managers/owners are very friendly and helpful. This park is a "destination park"; it is too remote from the interstate for an overnight stay. The only negative is the narrow winding roads to get there and are truly a pain requiring slow speeds and caution on the curves. We have a 36 foot 5th wheel and it was very scary at times meeting traffic. There is cable available, but only in one section that is taken up by "long stay" campers. Overall a very good campground that deserves a 10 but we had to give an 8 for a lack of cable to all sites and the narrow winding roads. We would stay again. - sweetandlocker
May 2015 - $30.00
We had a pull through, full hookups for our RV. We had to level the RV on a grassy area. There was a nice concrete pad that served as a patio for the picnic table and our chairs that was very nice. The laundry room was very clean and a washer/dryer was always available when needed. There is an 'arcade' building that contains exercise equipment, pool table, foosball table, croquet equipment, and pinball machines, which we didn't use but if we had children with us, it would have been great! There are a lot of RV'ers who have reserved the riverside spaces year-round, so we had to settle for a space along the road, but we nevertheless had a great view. The staff is extremely nice and servicing, and we were very pleased with our stay. Unfortunately, the wireless is not the best since the campground is nestled among mountains, but it is acceptable. The owner of the campsite lives on the foothills of the mountain and makes himself available to resolve any issues you may encounter. We would stay here again if we are ever in the area, and we highly recommend this campground. There is no sign that tells you in advance of the campground, so make sure you are not just relying on your GPS but be on the lookout for the campground. - Ferdy
Jun 2014 - $30.00
A diamond in the rough, truly God's country. This sweet gem of a place was our most peaceful and relaxing trip so far. Being nestled along the North Toe River provided us the perfect opportunity to enjoy tubing down the river, sunbathing on the shore and enjoying the pristine views of the Western Carolina mountains. Our site was canopied by several large trees and had a well manicured lot, concrete pad and picnic table with easy access to the river, full hookup and very consistent Wi-Fi . Definitely a place we will return to. With a great community atmosphere there is no wonder why so many visitors end up becoming seasonal campers. - PKNewton
Sep 2011 - $30.00
This could be a great campground, but it falls short. Yes, it’s on a small river, but the only people who can fall asleep listening to the small waterfall are the owners (their site is right by the waterfall. There is NO cable TV and no on-air stations. Wi-Fi works well, but only in the gathering room, not at individual sites. Verizon wireless was non-existent to spotty due to the surrounding mountains. Water pressure fluctuates from low to adequate. The place is quiet, in spite of Highway 19E a few yards away. Some campers could not use their sewer hookups because of a blockage and the owners not knowing where the sewer lines ran. Mostly seasonal campers on well-kept sites. Rumor was that it will be all seasonal in 2012. - bbonnell