13 Parks near Gainesboro, Tennessee
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
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
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
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 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
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
Nov 2015 - $25.00
Defeated Creek CG & Marina is wonderful for boating, fishing, and down home friendliness. The park hosts are most helpful and friendly folks who check on whatever your needs may be. Easy reservations made on line, six months ahead only. - DoxieLady
Oct 2015 - $12.00
Large campground with many facilities. Most sites are well spaced out, however the full hookup sites along the lake seem a little close together. The other, W/E sites are spaced further apart. There are as many sites on the lakefront as there are interior sites. The layout of the campground is typical for COE except for several large open areas between loops and clusters of campers. The CG is wooded, except the trees are more sparse than usual, and almost all trees are hardwoods... reminds me of a "day-use" area, except with camp sites.
Good dump station, except there is no flush water line for connection to a black water flush inlet.
Verizon coverage is about 3/5 bars in most of the campground. There is a great hiking trail that originates in the campground and runs to an overlook several Iles away. - Bama Camper
Sep 2016 - $20.00
The campground overall was small, but well laid out with lots of space in each spot for equipment and larger campers. That said, getting into the spaces was a little interesting as many people when we were here, had more than one vehicle in their space, so the access road (one-way) was that much narrower.
Our spot (#1) was easy to get into, although the width of the driveway into the space made getting in the dark a little interesting. During daylight it would be a snap to back into. There were spaces that could accommodate larger campers (5th wheels, etc.) but getting backed in could be an issue if your rig was longer than about 30' Our spot was mostly level (only a little off side-to-side) but some of the other spots were not particularly level. Check the descriptions on the reservation site as they seem to be accurate.
The bathrooms were kept spotless while we were here, and they were in good condition. There was a nice laundry room as well (washer and dryer, coin op.), with a three-well sink for washing dishes. The electrical service was a little older, but in good condition, and the water pressure was good. The locations of the services was right at the edge of the pad so getting to them was a snap.
Dump station located at the exit: one hole only. Good condition, and very clean. Lots of space to maneuver, easy-in, easy-out.
Park staff were very friendly and accommodating: some of the best service on a holiday weekend that I've ever had. (Tenn. parks always seem to have great park staff.) The park had lots to do as well (SUP, kayak, canoe, and fishing boat rentals on the lake, sand volleyball, horseshoes, ping pong, etc.) as well as a large swimming pool.
Be advised that there is no wireless and no camp store, although there is a small gift shop at the park office. Check in was easy, as were reservations, and the park roads were in good shape with no local traffic to speak of. Firewood is available outside the park, but not inside. - WrongWayRandall
Sep 2015 - $23.00
We stayed here from Thursday until Sunday. It is out in country and QUIET!!! The 1st night was great, but the 2nd night it was raining a bit and campground electricity was a bit iffy. The whole campground would shut down for a few and then come back on. The reason we knew was because campground would go completely black. Alot of sites are slight slopes. Ours was a deep hill to pull down into, but evened out when we set up. That and the electricity are the reasons we gave it a 9 instead of 10. We had a surge protector for our camper so no worries.The restrooms were standard state park as in older , but in clean working condition. The park was nice and the lake was a real nice smaller lake. People were fishing the banks and lots of picnic areas to choose from. We saw alot of wildlife in the park and it is real peaceful to say the least.There are lots of waterfalls and hiking to choose from within 45 min drive or so from park. Overall we will camp there again. We stayed in 21' travel trailer. - kycamper02
Apr 2015 - $18.00
Reflects 25% senior discount. Beautiful state park in the hills of north central Tennessee. Follow the park directions coming in here. You do not want to come in on the TN136. There is a one lane bridge over the dam that no large vehicle can negotiate. Spaces are well spaced, however many are not level, so some research is important if you need a fairly level space. Park staff is active in planning activities; we were here during the Spring Rally and attended several professional presentations with live animals. There is a pool here but it was still closed when we were here. Park was quiet most of the time, especially at night. Electric was steady, water pressure is high @ 80PSI, we used a regulator, most sites have good drainage during rain. No sewer at the sites here and dump is a ways up the road. No wifi, but Verizon MiFi and phones worked well. Bathhouses were kept clean and stocked. There is a 5 mile trail here; we did not walk it while here because of recent rains. A county road cuts directly thru the park, so you have to be alert while walking on the roads. Many birds and wildflowers here to view, we also saw fox and turkey. The dam site itself is very pretty, with picnic areas and a small swinging bridge. Be sure to visit the Overton Lodge, just for the drive. There are 2 waterfalls on the drive that are worth seeing. The staff is friendly and helpful. The office has a nice gift store. We would not hesitate to stay here again. - Fixn2gocamp
Aug 2015 - $15.00
79 sites with w/e, 16 pull thru, most with some type of shade. Several situated overlooking the Obey River and below the Dale Hollow Dam. Located adjacent to a large trout fish hatchery(tours welcome) with trout fishing allowed in the runoff waters from the hatchery. We camped here in a popup motorcycle camper. - mailman01
Jul 2014 - $12.00
Beautiful campgrounds on the Obey River just below the Dale Hollow Dam. Trout fish hatchery adjoins the campground. Kids would love this and is interesting to adults as well. Campers were catching limits of trout from streams leading from the hatchery. Sites were level and well spaced. Loved this campground. - mailman01
Jul 2012 - $20.00
Excellent park clean well kept volunteer on duty 6 days a week. Bath houses are clean and laundry is available. Most sites have shade at sometime of the day. Close to lake. Quite and peaceful. Would stay here again. - Buddman
May 2016 - $25.00
This out-of-the-way park has a rustic charm and lots of trees. Campsites are close, but the park is small enough that you don't feel like you're in a crowd. Best part of the park was the host, who was more than amenable. He and others made sure my rig was level and situated to my liking. I'm a woman traveling alone, and the host checked in on me in a way that made me feel comfortable and secure. The surrounding area is beautiful, and I wish I could have stayed longer. Good wi-fi, too. - OmakMary
May 2015 - $27.00
It was peaceful and away from all hustle and bustle. We had full hookups, clean water and a level space. The owners were very friendly and helpful. In fact, I ran out of propane in both of my tanks and the park owner took my tanks to town with him, had them filled, and when I returned to my RV, he had them both hooked up for me. I would recommend this place, in spite of it being 26 miles from where I had to do some business in Cookeville. - Don Self
Jul 2009 - $20.00
One of the best kept secrets in Allons, TN! The hosts are wonderful! Why, one night the weather dropped to 50 degrees, and one of the owners asked if we needed blankets. The other owner helped my son perfect is badminton stroke while we relaxed during the evening. The trout farm is only 200 feet from the campground. Dale Hallow Lake Dam is 15 min. and Lilly Lake is onlly 20 min. from campground site. Price is quite a bargain, and it is away from all major traffic. Great family spot with a pavilion that houses many family games to play at night. - Mscamperreview
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