13 Parks near Lancaster, Tennessee
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
Jun 2013 - $10.00
I was not going to re-review Long Branch ( COE ) campground but changed my mind when I came within 4 inches of tearing up the passenger side if our motorhome when attempting to exit this campground with our auto hooked up and in tow. Our attempted exit was so precarious that we blocked the exit and entrance to the campground until we had disconnected the auto and then carefully backed up. This is apparently not a new issue as the camp host came out and make a comment to the effect that he’d like to take a chain saw to this section of low lying fence. That said, be careful entering and exiting this COE park and hopefully whoever is in charge of this campground will seriously look into this issue. Other than that, the sites are spacious – water and electric only with a dump site near the host site. They have a nice kids playground and the Caney Fork river at the foot of the dam offers trout fishing. Our site #11 did not allow us to connect with our rooftop satellite dish – a fact that was lost on the host. We had a very weak cell phone connection. Other than that it is a good park with a price break for seniors. Our inexpensive camping fee could have run in the thousands of dollars to repair the rig had we scraped this fence. - 5thwheeler
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
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
Aug 2011 - $24.00
This is a great campground located on beautiful Center Hill Lake. We have camped here several times and will frequent it many times in the future. - hawgtitan
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
Oct 2014 - $24.00
I'm writing the kind of site specific review I would find helpful...hope it helps someone! Lakefront sites are close together but there are a few gem spots. #11 and 12 are close together, but are great if you're with friends; they share a little path down to the water. #15 is great because it has a path to the water and at the end of the RV sites so no there's no close neighbor on one side. #9 is great for the same reason, you have some rocks to get down to the water but not so on top of your neighbors and great view. #19 has a great view of the water but no direct access. If you have kids it's great because the playground (which is really nice) is right in your backyard. The bathrooms were clean and the attendants were the nicest around. Burgess Falls is a quick 20 minute drive away and absolutely beautiful; take the hike all the way down to the bottom. We did it with our 4&5 year olds in tow, it's not difficult. This is one of my favourite campgrounds. - mamabird73
Sep 2013 - $11.00
Price is senior pass. This is a beautiful well maintained clean COE campground. The gate attendants & camp host were all very nice & friendly & you could tell they enjoyed being there. Campers were also very friendly. The restrooms/showers were old but very clean. We would stay here again. - stella fouche
May 2011 - $11.00
Nice park with W+S+E and a large concrete pull through. Great host and the park was very clean. Nice place for 3 or 4 nights. Would prefer the water front back in sites even though they have no sewer, but they were flooded during our stay. - joemama
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
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
Apr 2014 - $32.00
A charming small RV park, minutes walk from a river, under large trees. Owner a perfect example of Southern Hospitality. Enjoy a fire in the beautiful fireplace of the recreation room while playing pool, on chilly nights. - Les Ferres
Oct 2012 - $20.00
Owner does everything to make sure you are comfortable. Small park, but adequate. Be prepared that there is NO cell signal in that area at all. Campground did have great wi-fi, however. We would return. - laurly
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
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