11 Parks near Pioneer, Tennessee
Mar 2010 - $49.00
Third time visiting. This is not a destination campground unless your into off road 4x4's and ATV's. The sites are a simple layout at best with little room on 11ft wide gravel sites. Make sure to use your jack pads and expect concerns if you get heavy rains and driving a big rig. Most GPS's send you to the wrong exit off I-75, take exit 144 and follow signs. The campground has potential but the prices are not supported, unless your bringing your 4x4 and want trail access from the campground, then its priceless. - Mullet Republic LLC
May 2009 - $45.00
We like to ride ATV's, so this campground was perfect. Over 120,000 acres of trails!! The campground is all ATV riders, most campers were in modified cargo trailers (poor boy toy haulers) The campground was neat and clean, we had full hook ups. They also had a buffet style breakfast and dinners (it was pretty good and cheap). We plan on going back for some more fun. - kjclark
Oct 2016 - $20.00
We had booked four nights through their reservation system. We pulled in late and could barely fit our 30' trailer on the site. The picnic table and fire pit were at the back of the trailer and we could not open our awning or put out chairs in the front as there was a slope 2' in front of the trailer. - Debbie2016
Aug 2016 - $24.00
If this state park only had sewer hook ups! Nice concrete picnic table and grill. Had to use the automatic jacks to level up. Very quiet-not a whole lot going on-but that was why we camped here-for peace and quiet. Price is prepaid reservations and fees. - n2camping
Aug 2016 - $27.00
A pretty state park in the mountains. Sites vary considerably in length and degree of level. Navigation can be confusing, since a road runs through the park and which entrance to use can be confusing. Some turns require careful attention. Staff are pleasant and laid-back. Price listed includes taxes and reservation fee. - cbcon2
Jul 2016 - $22.00
Kudos to the state of Tennessee and the city of Jellico for reclaiming this beautiful area from an abandoned surface mine. This is one of the prettiest state parks we've visited in Tennessee. As other reviewers have mentioned, the sites appear to be recently updated with new concrete pads. New landscaping is in progress, with many new trees planted in and around campsites. Many huge, old sycamore trees add to the beautiful surroundings. There are lots of grassy areas, and sites are well-spaced. We saw people kayaking on the lake. The camp store has paddle boats and fishing boats for rent. There are 2 nice playground areas. Bring mosquito repellant. As you would expect with water, grass and trees, the mosquitos have an ideal atmosphere for breeding. The campground wasn't full. The only down side is that there seems to be considerable traffic continuously passing through the campground. Most people are respectful and drive slowly. Biking requires considerable caution at times. We have 40 ft motorhome and had no problems navigating the roads or our campsite. FYI - we didn't have a tow vehicle but there isn't an option for NA on the tow vehicle questions in this review. Our site was just long enough for our RV. A tow vehicle would be manageable but would require some finesse to position. - Donna and Steve
Jul 2016 - $35.00
This was an overnight stop for us after picking up our motorcycle tent trailer and the first time we have stopped at a Tennessee State Park. Sites appear to have been recently redone with concrete parking pads with some sites still having the wooden forms around them. Parking pads are very narrow with about 6 inches of clearance on either side of our dually truck. Campground roads are also narrow and as an owner of a big rig and long time full timer, I would not consider this campground big rig friendly. The parking pads had big drop offs on either side. The picnic table and water were located in peculiar locations, well away from the actual camping pad. We had a bit of a problem figuring out which picnic table was associated with our site. We finally discovered a number on the picnic table pad that was covered with grass clippings. Electric was adequate and Verizon cell worked well. Bathhouse was old and one must dress out in the open after showering. There is a small lake filled with Canadian geese. It was quite the spectacle in the morning with lots of noise and bird droppings in about 1/3 of the campground loop. Not sure how anyone could sleep through that noise as they were surrounding several RVs. Maintenance workers began mowing and weed eating at 7:00 probably because of the extreme heat. Overall, it was a ok stay with very nice neighbors. There are some interesting turns on the roads getting to the campground. One turn was immediately following a raised railroad crossing. It was a lovely looking state park and we would consider returning if we were using our motorcycle tent trailer but we would not stay in our 37 ft 5th wheel. - roadking
Jul 2016 - $26.00
Park has gone downhill in past couple of years. We've stayed here many big summer holidays over the past 15 years. This year the bath/shower houses were filthy, even more than one would expect during a high usage period. Toilet paper and paper towel holders were empty for many hours. New concrete pads are OK but not level. Prices have gone up about 25% since last year. - ebaldy
Sep 2015 - $25.00
Off I75 and in a great location with a nice lake BUT the narrow roads and hairpin curves for a 40 ft. motorhome and a toad is not for the faint hearted. Also, if you book here get directions from the manager. If you follow your gps you may never be heard from again!. The campground is in tiers--at least 3 levels with us staying in the only one we could---at the top and by the office. Sites are very narrow and need redoing. Supposedly there are new owners who plan to completely redo this park. We never saw the pool but there are lots of permanent residents down toward the lake with very untidy yards. I don't believe a motorhome of more than 32 feet could navigate the steep levels to the lower areas closer to the lake. Only 4 miles from I75 this park offers great potential and it will take great money to trim trees, widen roads, and level up these sites which are more suited to short tagalongs or pop up campers. We will not stay here again until improvements are made to accommodate a larger rig. - leciel19
Jun 2011 - $35.00
This park has a lot of potential but is very poorly managed. A lot of permanent campers on sites close to the water, which is fine because it is on the water and the lake is their main draw. The permanent sites were poorly kept by campers and staff. We stayed on a newer campsite near the office and away from the permanent guests. These sites were built right on top of each other, if you wanted a picnic table or fire ring you had to go find one. Most campsites were washed out from heavy spring rain, and there is no staff to fix it. This park has absolutely no employees outside of the office. You can tell, because nothing gets ever gets repaired. The neighbor told us that the sites have been washed out for months, and grass had only been mowed once all season. It's a shame, because it could be a very nice park with a some TLC. We won't be back. - User578
Sep 2008 - $35.00
Our site had trash on the ground (cans, discarded gloves for sewer), no cover on the sewer connection. There were four wheelers and motor bikes running up and down the roads. - scjenk
Mar 2012 - $25.00
I wish I could give this park a higher rating but there are too many negatives. The drive in from I75 is up and across the mountain on narrow curvy roads. We arrived on a Sunday and the office was closed. The entrance to the campground is very steep and we didn't even venture down the mountain to the lower sites. We chose a site below the office. The sites slope up hill from front to back and needed several blocks to level. The sewer would not drain as it sloped up to the outlet. The sites are very short and not big rig friendly. The new sites are poorly designed and some have fallen away due to erosion. The staff is extremely friendly and the office staff were anxious to make sure we had everything we needed. The view is beautiful and they are in the process of adding a restaurant to the marina. The newer section of this campground is poorly designed and it needs to be totally rethought. I doubt that we will return. - portliz
Jun 2011 - $30.00
New owners and staff running the place were very nice. You can really tell there has been a lot of money and time spent in this park to clean it up. A lot has been accomplished. The bath houses are new and very nice as is the pool and lodge. If you have AT&T cell service you're out of luck for service but who cares? The campground is quiet. I wish we had direct view of the lake but overall I thoroughly enjoyed our time here (10 days). New electric, water and sewer are very big pluses in my book. We have a large rig, little tricky getting in here due to the terrain. Would come back again - User1966
Jul 2010 - $30.00
We stayed at this campground under the old management and it was terrible. Small sites and lots of older permanent trailers. New owners have gotten rid of the old trailers and is trying to improve the sites. We have a 41 foot DP motorhome and found that the only big rig sites are the NEW gravel sites just below the office. These new gravel sites are level, wide and open for satellite reception. They do not have cable TV. There are very few RV campgrounds around the Norris Lake/Dam area so it was nice to find one with a marina that could accept our big rig. The campground has a new pool but, a lot of work still needs to be done. I hope the new owner continues to improve the campground. - brobertson1999
May 2016 - $9.00
This park isn't for everyone, but we were here to visit the Bartel Mine (excellent tour BTW), kayak the Big South Fork and lay over a holiday weekend, somewhere without a huge hassle and lots of noise.
This fit the bill. Clean, well-patrolled by park rangers, and plenty of shade. Very nice mostly back-in and level spots with easy, accessible hook-ups. Hosts were friendly and very helpful. - kharmaquest
Sep 2012 - $17.00
When we first got to the campground we weren't impressed. It was smaller than we thought it would be and kind of outdated, but as the day went on we liked it more.Check in was by self or campground host. It was very quiet (especially for a holiday weekend) and people were friendly. We stayed for 2 days and spent them sightseeing or hiking various trails. If we are in the area we would stay again to hike,but we wouldn't make this a main vacation point. Checking out was easy and the dump station was very easy to use.Overall,we had a good camping experience. - kycamper02
May 2012 - $22.00
Not nearly enough shade for me. We like to camp in the woods, not a field with the occasional shade tree. This place is in a gorgeous location in the Big South Fork Recreation area, and really close to the Scenic Railway but seems outdated, and not well taken care of. Considering how far it is away from everything and what you get I would not stay here. If you don't like the woods consider this park. It would be very very quiet. - 6.4 tow rig
Dec 2016 - $25.00
This is a new rv park at a water park. Easy access from the interstate. Extremely easy to navigate. Very clean, spacious and level. Will definitely stay here again. - Employed247
Sep 2016 - $35.00
This was our first visit to this RV park, and we were pleasantly surprised. There are long level gravel back-in sites with paved access roads. The grounds are nicely maintained, the hookups and WiFi were very good, and the staff were very friendly. The RV park is close to Cumberland Falls (about a 25 minute drive). The only negatives that I would note is that there is no recycling on site and there were many stinkbugs around that tried to invade our fifth wheel. We would definitely come back here if we were in the area. - Byron Bailey
Aug 2016 - $50.00
Easy to access from the interstate but signage could be better. Just stay in the right hand lane and turn right when it ends. The need a sign telling you where to register. We happened to meet the host who showed us where to go. Otherwise, you will need to pull up to the Water Park office to register and there are a lot of kids, people, cars to drive around. We had the only pull-through site so we paid more than the back-ins. Sites are well maintained gravel with patio and picnic tables. Nice playground for kids and, of course, the water park just across the parking lot. We would stay here again for an overnight stop. - dickens
Aug 2016 - $20.00
This park needs some TLC. We stayed in the west area in site #6. The approach to the camping was not too bad as we disconnected our Jeep at the office. The site was not level so we used boards under the front wheels as the leveling jacks could not compensate for the pitch. We couldn't get all the way back into the site as they had timbers that would interfere with our stairs when they opened. The bathrooms had tons of spiders everywhere! You had to be careful bending down in the shower or else you were in a web....I used the handicapped stall as it was the only shower that the temperature could be adjusted. Also used the hand held wand to spray the bugs away before getting in, had to put the sprayer on the rail as the holder didn't work. The screen windows had hundreds of dead bugs stuck to the outside. The walk to the showers went by sites with broken benches, trash and cigarettes in the firepits, and picnic tables that you would need to scrape the dirt and debris from underneath before using. The volleyball court had broken concrete pieces in the playing field...ouch. Simple neglect. ...I don't mind old outdated showers but clean is important! On the good side our site was spacious with beautiful trees! Loved hammocking. Not very many people in the campground which was lovely. - Blowfishqueen
Aug 2016 - $16.00
This park is heavily shaded in most areas. Nice in hot weather but there is little grass as a consequence. Most sites are on the small side. There are a few that will take a 35 to 40 foot unit.
Water and electric hook ups were in good working order. Many sites have paved pads. Sites have large concrete picnic tables on concrete pads. There is a playground for the kids.
There is an extensive hiking trail system from the campground.
Negatives: no near by dumpster and dump station is down the road not within the campground itself.
This campground is called the "west" campground. The "east" campground is located near the marina and dam. It is more open and grasses. The sites look quite narrow but will accommodate large RVs. The road going into that campground is very narrow. Caution must be used not to run off pavement.
The road into the west campground is very good however there are a couple of switchbacks that are manageable. - petendoll
Sep 2015 - $20.00
We originally booked a site in the East campground. Upon arrival, the east side was not suited for us. The sites are extremely close with no type of screening in between sites, only provides 30 amp electric and is situated right underneath high tension powerlines. The East campground just wasn't for us. After calling the front desk, they happened to have a site available on the West side campground and happily assisted us in changing our reservation. The West campground, hands down, is the nicer side. The sites are a little closer than we normally prefer, but much more spacious than the East side. Also, the park wasn't very full which allowed us to have open sites next to ours. Wonderful, shaded sites with natural screening between sites. It was lovely. No complaints with the hook ups, all worked wonderfully. The playground is a great asset for families. We also enjoyed just walking the loop and enjoying the scenery. A nature trail head is found just off of the loop and was a fun excursion for our family. The bath houses were clean, but a little outdated. Paint peeling from the ceiling and tons of spider webs, but it is a $20/night natural state park and seemed to be decently maintained. If you like wooded, natural camping with a few modern amenities like we do then this campground is for you. We had a wonderful time and will definitely be back if we are ever in the area! - Brownsonthemove
E Bandy Creek Rd Oneida, Tennessee 37841 (map) | (423)286-7275
Sites: 181 | Latest Rate: $22.00 | 22 Reviews
Oct 2016 - $22.00
We have stayed at Bandy Creek many times and we love it! We like C loop but D loop also has great sites. There are very few "bad" sites. We do not like C13 or C3 but most sites are very spacious and private. C 7, C9, C26, and C24 are some of our favorites.
There are many hiking trails, some very difficult, but also easy to moderate trails as well. Some trails' access is a bit of a drive but the scenery is so worth it! Great place to relax and enjoy nature. - Hester
Oct 2016 - $22.00
We camped in section D and our pop-up that extends to 27' fit easily with room to park our crew cab pickup (22') in a back-in site. The gravel pad was very level and we enjoyed the roomy patio space with a fire ring for our dinner prep. The restrooms and shower facilities were very basic, but we'll maintained and clean. Our stay was short, so not having sewer connection was not a problem. We just used the dump station on our way out. We will definitely be back! The CG was very busy with people enjoying fall color. A ranger told us that they're not busy at all after the leaves fall. - retread
Aug 2016 - $14.00
Large, well maintained, paved site with your own gravel picnic area in a beautiful setting. Scenic biking and hiking trails close by. - WendyJayne
Oct 2015 - $27.00
Very well managed, clean campground. Not a "resort". On the cleanest lake in TN. Staff very helpful. Boat ramp nearby as are walking trails. Have what appears to be a well stocked store, but I was there in off season so they were scaling back some on supplies.
Some of the most friendly people I have ever met. Follow their directions to campground. Can be tricky. Boats are welcome and it looks like there is plenty of shore to tie up there. They have a beach area also. - wvbassmistress