I don't know what has happened to this state park. This was once our favorite destination but not any more. While most of the rangers and staff are friendly there is one who seems determined to spoil the camping trip if he can. He frequently patrols the campground looking for the tiniest infraction on the rules and gives folks a hard time. For example, I saw him go after a handicapped person because the front wheels of their truck was off the pavement, on gravel but off the pavement. Other TN state parks we've stayed at don't act this way, just Tims Ford. The picnic tables are shaky, the restrooms are nasty, and the wooden bridge over the lake inlet is in disrepair, all while he patrols looking for us lawbreakers. It's easy to see this once was a beautiful park but people like him can turn a pleasant outing into an unpleasant one. It'll be a while before we go back there and hopefully he will have a change in attitude or be working elsewhere by then. We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Motorhome.
This Tims Ford Campground seems to be an upgraded older campground from the 1950's. The campsites are paved, but mostly suitable for pop-up size campers and tents except for several sites near the entrance. Our RV is 31' long with a slide and we barely fit into our site lengthwise. However, with a slide, we filled up the space and had to park our vehicle in the overflow area across the campground, which most campers had to do. The outside campsites are short, and the inside campsites were longer, but had all of the hookups on the opposite site of your camper which is very inconvenient. Water pressure was good, and the dump station was clean and conveniently located as you exited the campground. The campground is surrounded by the beautiful Tims Ford Lake, but due to dense tree coverage. You cannot see the lake from any of the campsites. It may be a great place to camp in the Fall when the leaves are off of the trees. The bathrooms were clean as they could be to have been so old and dilapidated. Every staff member that we spoke too were super friendly and helpful to assist with any of our needs, and it was nice seeing them patrolling through the campground so often! The paved bike trail was one of the best features of the campground! The shady bike trail was mostly level with several uphill and downhill runs. The park could also benefit from having a beach to be able to enjoy the lake. There is a pool on the premises, but you have to pay to enjoy it even if you are staying in the park. However, they do give you a 50% discount if you show them your camping/cabin rental receipt. Overall, we enjoyed our stay at this campground. However, Tims Ford State Park is really missing an opportunity to market and utilize the Lake more since it is its biggest asset for visiting! We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Tips for other Campers:
I highly recommend taking your bike on the paved bike trails, and rent a boat or jet skis to enjoy the lake!
It states as big rig accessible but any rig over 35 feet will have a hard time finding a spot to fit except in a very few places. It is not that close to see Jack Daniels or any of the other sites close to it because it is going to take a while to get from A-Z. It is a beautiful park if you just want to go and spend a few days to relax. There is not WiFi or cell We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $25.00
Great park for hiking and geocaching. Hiked 9.5 miles in one day on the trails here. Paved trails are also great for biking. We managed to get our 36' RV in and out OK, but there are several low hanging limbs we had to dodge along the way. Water pressure was great and had no problems with power. Unfortunately there are only a few sites that are suitable for a RV our size. Stayed in site #1 and had to use blocks under the front wheels to level the rig. Verizon voice and data worked fine. Staff was friendly and helpful at check in. We would have stayed longer if our schedule had allowed it and would stay here again. We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: November, 2012 - $25.00
This is a lovely park although it is quite isolated. There are four sites with full hookup and the price reflects the additional $5 per night for the sewer. There is a dump station on the way out so for short stays I wouldn't select the full hookup again. The rangers were patrolling the park the whole time even though there were only about four RVs in there at this time of the year. Beautiful walks and very well maintained with paths and roads being swept of leaves each couple of days. Easy (and pretty) drive to Lynchburg and the Jack Daniel's Distillery. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $20.00
This state park is simply beautiful! It has miles of biking and hiking trails and an abundance of wildlife. Deer and squirrels are everywhere! There is a huge swimming pool that is open during the summer and it looks well maintained. The campground is a little old and could use some sprucing up, but it's still pretty nice and the view of the lake is great. We are not bothered by the sounds of the kids having a good time riding their bicycles and so forth and have never had any problems with noise after dark. Some of the spaces are a little tight backing into, but we haven't had any problems so far. The staff has always been very friendly and helpful too. We've been here several times and keep coming back. It's a great spot for a weekend getaway. We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $18.00
Except for the first few sites (maybe sites 1-10) the sites are very short. Parking our 26 foot 5th wheel was a chore, so much so that hard cornering and running up on a two foot mount caused my camper to get into the roof and rear window of my truck ($1100.00 damage). Sites are not level (required two inch block on one side to level). Campgrounds not very well kept. Picnic table on different level from camper. But if you like children screaming from 8am-9pm this is the campground for you. There was the saving grace of going to Lynchburg to see the Jack Daniel's Distillery and have lunch at Miss BoBo's (oh, you have to do Miss BoBo's) and downtown Lynchburg is a hoot. Wife like the place OK, so I guess if she clubs me over the head I may be back. We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: November, 2010 - $18.00
This is the second time I've stayed here. This time was a 5 day stay that included Thanksgiving with my family (who were in a cabin). Only 8 or 10 other campers and it was very nice. I had a choice of several nice sites. They have done a great job of clearing adequate space while still leaving a lot of trees for shade and an "outdoor" feeling. I would rate this a 10 but the facilities are a bit old and need some work. If you are looking for big rig access with all the bells and whistles, this is not for you. If you are looking for a nice camping experience, it is great. We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $25.00
Tims Ford has a satellite campground called Fairview Devil's Step at the end of Fairview Rd. off Hwy. 50 in Winchester. There are 38 sites with 30 amp electric & water (no sewer) and 26 of them are right on Tims Ford lake. Nine sites are paved and the rest are gravel. They do not take reservations. Checkout is 3 p.m. They are very strict about the no alcohol rule. There is one restroom that is quite old; the showers have a concrete floor with a drain. There is a public boat ramp here so you can park your boat at your lakeside campsite. This park is beautiful when the dogwood trees are in bloom in the spring. There are several nice restaurants in Winchester around the square. We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: April, 2010 - $20.00
The sites are very level, double-wide cement pads, but most are very shallow: maybe 27 feet at the most. There are lots of children. The picnic tables are on uneven ground on the opposite side of where you’d exit the RV on *some* of the sites, and the hookups are on the wrong side for a trailer or motorhome for the site that I was in. There are only four sites with full hook ups. I thought, at first, that there was only one bath, but I think there are two. I paid $20 for the night, full hookups are $25. I think this is an older state park: ideal for tenters and pop-ups and people like me with small trailers, who are traveling solo. For the size of the park, it’s a shame they didn’t allot more room for the campground. I think there are 51 sites, and they are all pretty close together, but it's very wooded so it didn't matter much. Not bad for my stay because there weren’t too many campers: maybe half the spaces were filled. While the bathhouses are old, they are roomy and clean, with a sink, toilet, and shower in the women’s. I could see the lake through the woods. It’s a very big lake, and I’m sure a haven for boaters. There are paved trails throughout the woods surrounding the campground, which to me was the best part of the park. It's great for dog walking and I saw some bikers while walking, but mainly it’s a peaceful place to enjoy nature with your pup. The staff was very friendly. If you have time, and are traveling west when leaving, take their advice and turn left onto 50. It's a very pretty ride. We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $25.00
A nice state park. Rate reflects price for one of 4 full hookup sites with sewer. 50 amp only receptacles on those, so bring your adapter if you have 30 amp plug and want full hookup. W/E sites are 30 amp only. Bath houses were dated but clean. Great paved hiking/ biking trails throughout the park with some fantastic views of the lake. Great golf course as part of park, also. We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: April, 2009 - $16.00
We camped here from early Friday afternoon to Sunday morning. Family had the adjoining campsite. We had a nice view of the forest across from our sites 49 and 50. The lake was a few minutes walk away. All sites with a view of the lake, plus the 4 sites with sewer, were already taken by the time we got there. There's a small camp store near the boat dock on the lake. All employees we came in contact with were very friendly and helpful. There were many young families there with children. The children appeared to be enjoying themselves. The campground was clean and it was quiet at night. Pets were kept on leashes. We plan to camp there again. We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: November, 2008 - $25.00
This may be the best State Park I have stayed in. The sites are paved and wide, 4 are full hook up. First come first serve, no reservations. Fantastic lake with easy access, 5 miles of paved bike trails, and quiet at night. We were there for the change of leaf colors on the trees. It was truly beautiful. The staff is helpful and friendly. There is an on site laundry, but is older and could use some new equipment. I would definitely stay here again. We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Motorhome.
We probably would rate this higher if the golf course had been open. It was closed for 60+ days, as they were redoing the greens. Very nice park. Thought this was a nicer park than Falls Creek Falls. They do have sewer hookups on some of the lots. The lots are A+ and A lots and the price is more for an A+ lot. We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: November, 2007 - $18.00
Large, shaded sites. Some have a view through the trees of Tim's Ford Lake or a foot bridge. Nice paved walking trails. Paved sites are short so you have to remove your truck from the camper and park it crossways in front of your camper. The attendant was very nice. Bathroom #2 was clean, but had no hot water or countertop at the sinks. We camped at Tims Ford State Park in a Tent Trailer.